THE BROWN SCAPULAR
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
It is a gift to you from your Heavenly Mother.
“WHOSOEVER DIES IN THIS GARMENT SHALL NOT SUFFER ETERNAL FIRE.”
This is the promise of Our Lady to St. Simon Stock made on July 16, 1251
True devotion to Mary consists in three things: VENERATION, CONFIDENCE, AND LOVE. Without saying to Mary that we venerate her, love her, and trust in her protection, we tell her these things every moment of the day by simply wearing the Scapular.
THE SCAPULAR IS A SILENT PRAYER
As Our Lord taught us to say the Our Father, Our Blessed Mother taught us the value of the Scapular. When we use it as a prayer, Our Lady draws us to the Sacred Heart of Her Divine Son. It is good, therefore, to hold the scapular in the hand.
A prayer offered while holding the Scapular is as perfect as a prayer can be. It is especially in time of temptation that we need the powerful intercession of God’s Mother. The evil spirit is utterly powerless when a Scapular-wearer, besides his silent devotion, faces temptation calling upon Mary. “If you had recommended yourself to me, you would not have run into such danger,” was Our Lady’s gentle reproach to Blessed Alan de la Roche, one of her devoted servants.
ENROLLMENT lN THE CONFRATERNITY
To be eligible for THE SCAPULAR PROMISE, one must be enrolled in the Brown Scapular Confraternity. This is a simple ceremony which can be performed by any priest. The members of the Confraternity have the added benefit of sharing in all the spiritual benefits of the Carmelite Order.
TO REPLACE YOUR SCAPULAR
Your first Scapular, when you were enrolled, was blessed. After that you need not have each new Scapular blessed, because the original blessing stays with you.
THE SCAPULAR MEDAL
Many Catholics may not know that it is the wish of our Holy Father, the Pope, that the Scapular Medal should not be worn in place of the Cloth Scapular without sufficient reason. Our Blessed Mother cannot be pleased with anyone who substitutes the medal out of vanity or out of fear of making open profession of faith. Such persons run the risk of not receiving the Promise. The medal has never been noted for any of the miraculous preservations attributed to the Brown Cloth Scapular (100% wool).
Our Lady’s Motherhood is not limited to Catholics: it is extended to all men. Many miracles of conversion have been wrought in favor of good non-Catholics who have been induced to practice the Scapular devotion.
|Pope Benedict XV granted an indulgence of 500 days EACH TIME THE Scapular is kissed.|
THE SABBATINE PRIVILEGE
The Sabbatine Privilege is Mary’s promise, piously to be believed, to release from Purgatory soon after death all those who (1) Wear the Brown Scapular; (2) Observe chastity according to their state in life; and (3) Say the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin. (NOTE: The Rosary, or seven Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias may be substituted for the “Little Office” with permission from a Priest.)
THE MORNING OFFERING
O my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary (here kiss your Scapular as a sign of your consecration), I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus from all the altars throughout the world, joining with It the offering of my every thought, word and action of this day. O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can, and I offer them, together with myself, to Mary Immaculate, that she may best apply them to the interests of Thy most Sacred Heart. Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
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