The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
|The world in which we live is full of material things that have symbolic meaning: light, fire, water… there are also, in everyday life, experiences of relationships between human beings, which express and symbolize deeper realities such as taking part in a protest march (as a sign of solidarity), joining together in a national celebration (as a sign of identity).
We need signs and symbols to help us understand what is happening at present, or what happened before, and to give us an awareness of who we are, as individuals and as groups.
Jesus is the great sign of the Father’s love. He founded the Church as a sign and instrument of His love. Christian life also has its signs. Jesus used bread, wine, water to help us understand higher things, which we can neither see or touch.
In the celebration of the Eucharist and the other sacraments (baptism, confirmation, reconciliation, matrimony, orders, the sacrament of the sick) the symbols, (water, oil, the laying on of hands, the rings,) all have their own meaning and bring us into.
As well as liturgical signs, the Church has others related to some event, to some tradition or some person. One of these is the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The Caramelizes history dates back to ancient times. It is believed to have been founded by the prophets Elijah and Elisha. The Carmelite Order is a contemplative order. Their spirituality follows the contemplative spirit of Elijah, living a spiritual life of contemplation and prayer. One of their goals is to “find God in the silence’. The rule of the Carmelites was written by St. Albert Avogadro in 1214.
The feast celebrates the devotion of those who are devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and wear the Brown Scapular.
Prayer to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Bl. Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity, O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother,
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee (3 times)
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (3 times)
The Apparition of Our Lady of Mt, Carmel was approved by Pope Sixtus V in 1587.