Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Brown Scapular

I am so excited I answered my own question from my previous post about enrolling brown scapulars! I found how to enroll my scapular! The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is July 16th so please get a copy of the enrollment process and if you have not done so, have your scapular enrolled. This special blessing will only need to be completed once. I am hoping Father John can enroll our scapulars on or before this beautiful Feast Day. Below is a copy of the Adobe file on https://www.freebrownscapular.com/. And you can receive free scapulars from the website as well. If you may have other questions about how to wear a scapular there is plenty of information of this website. I am also sure your parish priest would LOVE to hear and answer any questions that you may have and help you plan this special blessing for you and your family.

Procedure for the Blessing and Investiture 
Of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Priest - Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.
Respondent- And grant us Thy salvation.
Priest - Lord, hear my prayer.
Respondent - And let my cry come unto Thee.
Priest - The Lord be with you.
Respondent - And also with you.
Priest - Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, sanctify by Thy power these
scapulars, which for love of Thee and for love of Our lady of Mount 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 lives and reigns world without end.  Amen.

THE PRIEST SPRINKLES HOLY WATER AND INVESTS PERSON(S) WHILE
SAYING:
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 THE INVESTITURE THE PRIEST CONTINUES WITH THE PRAYERS:
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 Spirit. 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 Mount Carmel; we beseech Her to
crush the head of the ancient serpent so that you my enter into possession of your eternal
heritage, through Christ our Lord.

Respondent - Amen.

THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL:
OUR LADY’S GREAT PROMISE

On July 16, 1251, in Aylesford, England, the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Simon
Stock.  She was dressed in the Habit of the Carmelite Order with her infant Son in her
arms.  Taking the Scapular in her right hand, she gave it to him saying, “RECEIVE, MY
BELOVED SON, THIS SCAPULAR.  WHOSOEVER DIES WEARING THIS SCAPULAR
SHALL NOT SUFFER ETERNAL FIRE .... IT SHALL BE A SIGN OF SALVATION, A
PROTECTION IN DANGER AND A PLEDGE OF PEACE.”

For over 700 years, the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel has been one of
the most precious gifts and highly-indulgenced Sacramentals of our Church.  It is more
than that, however; it is in reality a garment, given to us by Our Blessed Mother which
makes us her special children.  Blessing and clothing with the Scapular of the 'Blessed
Virgin of Mt. Carmel' enrolls the individual in the Scapular Confraternity and admits him to
a share in all the spiritual works performed by the Religious of Mount Carmel.
At Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917, Mary appeared as Our Lady of Mt.. Carmel,
holding the Brown Scapular in her hand.  Years later, Lucia, the remaining seer of Fatima,
said that “Our Lady wants all to wear the Scapular as their sign of Consecration to Her
Immaculate Heart.”

THE SABBATINE (OR SATURDAY) PROMISE
In 1322, Our Lady appeared to Pope John XXII and made another promise for those
who wore her Scapular faithfully, practiced Chastity according to their state in life, and
said certain prayers known as the “LITTLE OFFICE”*: “I, THE MOTHER OF GRACE,
SHALL DESCEND ON THE SATURDAY AFTER THEIR DEATH AND WHOMSOEVER I
SHALL FIND IN PURGATORY, I SHALL FREE.”

*NOTE:  The ROSARY may be substituted for the LITTLE OFFICE when permission is
obtained from a priest.

REMEMBER, ALL PRIESTS HAVE THE FACULTY TO ENROLL PEOPLE IN THE
BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL.
INVESTITURE IS NECESSARY FOR THE SABBATINE PROMISE OR PRIVILEGE.

I am very excited about this opportunity to bestow another grace upon my children and my family. 
I will post when we have completed our enrollment and we will celebrate on July 16th!

Checkout Reconciled To You and Theology is a Verb

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!


2 comments:

  1. WOW! I had no idea about this. Thanks for sharing it. I'll have to spend some time clicking around and learning more. Great informative posting and I appreciate you hooking it up to "Pay It Forward"!

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    1. I know! I didn't know the extent of this special blessing either. My dad always wore a scapular when he was deployed while serving in the Air Force. I also really like that the scapular devotion goes hand-in-hand with the rosary. Thanks for having a great link up. I enjoy being exposed to new blogs. God Bless!

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