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 or her 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.”
On Saturday, July 16th, 2016, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, at the 8AM Mass, Fr. Paul will be oﬀering the opportunity to receive a Scapular, and be enrolled in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.