Thursday, July 16, 2015

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

I just love Our Lady. She holds nothing back for her children. She's all about give, give, give. She's the perfect example for every woman and every mother and every young girl. She truly did not have much to say that was written in Scripture, but what she said and what she did was all for us. Quite frankly, she's still constantly working on our behalf. Like all mothers, she does not want her children to suffer. She knows that we have to go through rough patches in life to learn hard lessons and to get to our ultimate goal, but she does everything possible to ease our journey. 

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock in Cambridge, England in 1251 as he prayed for help for the oppressed Carmelite Order. Our Lady presented him with the scapular and told him to wear it to receive special graces and that whoever died wearing it would not suffer “eternal fire”. (Amazing Graces)  Our Lady said, “Wear the Scapular devoutly and perseveringly.  It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life.” The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has become one of the more popular sacramentals of the Church.  As with all devotional scapulars, the wearer must be enrolled in the Confraternity by a priest. (Scapular Medal)

Scapular refers to either the monastic scapular or the devotional scapular. The monastic scapular is a long piece of material worn like an apron by religious orders as a part of the habit. The devotional scapular is made up of two small pieces of cloth, wood or laminated paper upon which are mounted a religious image joined by a ribbon, rope or string, mimicking the monastic scapular. When worn, one square typically hangs down the front on a person’s chest and the other square hangs down the back. In the 7th century, the Rule of St. Benedict refers to the use of scapulars as a part of the religious habit, an outer material the width of the chest from shoulder to shoulder, down the front and the back almost to the feet. The most popular devotional scapular is the Brown Scapular also known as the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.(Amazing Graces)

In 1910, the Holy Office approved the Scapular medal to be worn in place of the cloth scapular. The medal must have the Sacred Heart of Jesus on one side and the Blessed Mother on the opposite side. Typically the image on the reverse side is Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  (Scapular Medal)

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