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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

  

 Feastday July 16

 

Tall, majestic, strong and spacious, this Palestinian promontory,

rising out of the edge of the blue Mediterranean,

was the site of many Biblical events.

It was the place of seclusion for early Christian monks
who lived and prayed in its caves.

It was also the scene of battle and bloodshed for marauding armies

-Saracens, Turks, and even Napoleon's French troops-
who climbed its heights and left their destructive mark.

Both mountain and symbol, it stands as an enduring and tangible

testimony that the spirit of the great realities enacted there
-Judaic and Christian-will never be lost.

In Hebrew Carmel means "garden" and expresses 
not only the richness of the natural verdure which covers the mountain like a multicolored tapestry, but also the grace and excellence of the many saints who flourished and flowered on its mystical summit...

It was to St. Simon Stock, in a moment of ardent petition
for the preservation of the Order,
that "the most glorious Mother of God appeared...
holding in her blessed hand the Scapular of Carmel.
and assured him of her predilection for those who would
wear it piously.

Mary's continuing influence on the development of Christianity becomes apparent again with her appearance to Simon Stock, who became a member of the religious order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel while on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

 

In her appearance to Friar Stock, Mary entrusted him
with the Brown Scapular.

 

           "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."

"Those who die devotedly clothed with this scapular
shall be preserved from eternal fire."

"The brown scapular is a badge of salvation.
The brown scapular is a shield in time of danger.
The brown scapular is a pledge of peace and special protection, until the end of time."

 

After this apparition, Friar Stock went on to establish Carmelite communities near university towns in England, France and Italy.

He became the Superior-General of his order several years after the apparition.

The Brown Scapular is perhaps the most deeply rooted symbol in the Carmelite tradition. Its authenticity has been confirmed by numerous miracles throughout the centuries.

In contemporary piety it is looked upon as a sure and visible sign
of consecration to Mary's Immaculate Heart
and an impenetrable shield assuring her maternal protection.

In a way no other devotion can, it reminds the wearer
of Our Lady's promise to help in a special way
all those who live according to her spirit and who have confidence in her mission of Mediatrix of all Grace.

 

 


Until very recently, the Brown Scapular was one of the most widely used religious symbols of personal dedication to the mission of Mary found in her last recorded words in the Bible (John 2:5).  The promotion and use of all types of Marian devotional symbols has declined dramatically since the 1960's.

 

 

 

  

 

 

First Day

O Beautiful Flower of Carmel,
most fruitful vine, splendor of
heaven, holy and singular,
who brought forth the Son of
God, still ever remaining a pure
 virgin, assist us in our necessity!
O Star of the Sea, help and
protect us! Show us that you are
 our Mother!
(pause and mention petitions)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

Fourth Day

When you gave us, Gracious Lady, the Scapular as our Habit, you called us to be not only servants, but also your own children. We ask you to gain for us from your Son the grace to live as you children in joy, peace and love. (pause and mention petitions)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
pray for us.

 

 

 

 

Seventh Day

O Mary, Help of Christians,
you assured us that wearing
your Scapular worthily would
keep us safe from harm.
Protect us in both body and
soul with your continual aid.
May all that we do be pleasing
to your Son and to you.
(pause and mention petitions)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
pray for us.

Second Day

Most Holy Mary, Our Mother, in your great love for us you gave us the Holy Scapular of Mount Carmel, having heard the prayers of your chosen son Saint Simon Stock. Help us now to wear it faithfully and with devotion. May it be a sign to us of our desire
to grow in holiness.
(pause and mention petitions)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

 

Fifth Day

O Mother of Fair Love, through
your goodness, as your children,
we are called to live in the spirit
of Carmel. Help us to live in
charity with one another,
prayerful as Elijah of old, and
mindful of our call to minister
to God's people.
(pause and mention petitions)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
pray for us.

 

 

 

Eighth Day

You give us hope,
O Mother of Mercy, that through
your Scapular promise we might
quickly pass through the fires
of purgatory to the Kingdom
of your Son. Be our comfort
and our hope. Grant that our
hope may not be in vain but that,
ever faithful to your Son and
to you, we may speedily enjoy
after death the blessed
company of Jesus and
the saints.
(pause and mention petitions)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
pray for us.

 

Third Day

O Queen of Heaven, you gave us the Scapular as an outward sign by which we might be known as your faithful children. may we always wear it with honor by avoiding sin and imitating your virtues. Help us to be faithful to this desire of ours.
(pause and mention petitions)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

 

 

Sixth Day

With loving provident care,
O Mother Most Amiable, you
covered us with your Scapular
as a shield of defense against
the Evil One. Through your
assistance, may we bravely
struggle against the powers
of evil, always open to your
Son Jesus Christ.
(pause and mention petitions)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
pray for us.

 

 

Ninth Day

O Most Holy Mother of
Mount Carmel, when asked by
a saint to grant privileges
to the family of Carmel, you
gave assurance of your Motherly
love and help to those faithful to
you and to your Son. Behold us,
your children. We glory in wearing your holy habit, which makes us members of your family of Carmel, through which we shall have your powerful protection in life, at death and even after death. Look down with love, O Gate of Heaven, on all those now in their last agony! Look down graciously, O Virgin, Flower of Carmel, on all those in need of help! Look down mercifully, O Mother of our Savior, on all those who do not know that they are numbered among your children.
Look down tenderly,
O Queen of All Saints,
on the poor souls!
(pause and mention petitions)

Our Father, Hail Mary,Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
pray for us.