On July 16, 1251, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel appeared to St. Simon Stock, General of the Carmelites at Cambridge, England, and gave him the scapular,
The scapular is two pieces of brown woolen cloth, embroidered with an outline of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and tied together by string and worn over the shoulders.
"My beloved son receive this scapular for your Order.
It is the special sign of a privilege which I have obtained
for you and for all God's children who honor
me as Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
who die devotedly clothed with this scapular
shall be preserved from eternal fire.
brown scapular is a badge of salvation.
The brown scapular is a shield in time of danger.
The brown scapular ia a pledge of peace and
special protection, until the end of time."
The Blessed Virgin assigned certain conditions which must be
1) Wear the Brown Scapular continuously.
2) Observe chastity according to one's state in life.
3) Recite daily the "Little Office of the Blessed Virgin."
Or, A) To observe the fasts of the Church together with abstaining
from meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Or, B) With permission of a Priest to say five decades of Our
Lady's Most Holy Rosary.
Or, C) With permission of a Priest to substitute some other good
Note: You cannot substitute for the first two conditions: wearing
the scapular; and, observing chastity.
For Those That Wear the Scapular
The Blessed Virgin of Mt. Carmel has promised to
1. Save those who wear the scapular from hell.The Blessed Virgin appeared to Pope John XXII and, speaking of those who
2. She will also shorten their stay in Purgatory.
"I, the Mother of Grace, shall descend on the Saturday after
their death and whomsoever I shall find in Purgatory, I shall free, so
that I may lead them to the holy mountain of life everlasting."
July 16 is the feast of the Carmelites. The Order of the Carmelites
takes its name from Mount Carmel, which was the first place dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and where a chapel was erected in her honor before her Assumption into heaven.
"Those who die wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire!"
-Our Lady to St. Simon Stock
According to a statement made by the Carmelite Fathers, at the
National Scapular Center, every Priest now has the right to invest the
Faithful in the Brown Scapular, and to substitute the Rosary in lieu
of the "Little Office".
PROCEDURE FOR THE BLESSING AND INVESTITURE
Priest - Show us, O Lord,
Respondent - And grant us Thy salvation.
P - Lord, hear my prayer.
R - And let my cry come unto Thee.
P - The Lord be with you.
R - And with your Spirit.
P - Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, sanctify by Thy
power these scapulars, which for love of Thee and for love of Our Lady
of Mont Carmel, Thy servants will wear devoutly, so that through the
intercession of the same Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and protected
against the evil spirit, they persevere until death in Thy grace.
Thou who liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.
THE PRIEST DOES THE ASPERSION AND INVESTS PERSONS SAYING:
P - Receive this blessed
scapular and beseech the Blessed Virgin that
through Her merits, you may wear it without stain. May it defend you
against all adversity and accompany you to eternal life. Amen.
AFTER INVESTITURE THE PRIEST CONTINUES WITH THE PRAYERS:
P - I, by the power vested
in me, admit you to participate in all the
spiritual benefits obtained through the mercy of Jesus Christ by the
Religious Order of Mount Carmel.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
May God Almighty, the
Creator of Heaven and earth, bless you, He who
has deigned to join you to the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin of
Mont Carmel; we beseech Her to crush the head of the ancient serpent
so that you may enter into possession of your eternal heritage through
Christ our Lord.
R - Amen.
AND THE SCAPULAR ARE INSEPARABLE.
PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY.
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