Saturday, July 16, 2016

366 Project - Day 198 - "Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel"

July 16, 2016 - "Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel"

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Today we celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary's appearance to St. Simon Stock, a friar with the Carmelite religious order. It was during that visitation that the Blessed Virgin Mary gave him the Brown Scapular, which ultimately became a sacramental worn by many faithful Catholics who have devoted themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Promise of the Brown Scapular, spoken by the Blessed Virgin Mary is:

"Whoever dies invested with this Scapular shall be preserved from the eternal flames. It is a sign of salvation, a sure safeguard in danger, a pledge of peace and of my special protection until the end of ages."

To wear the Brown Scapular you must be formally "enrolled" in the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular by a Catholic priest using the specific formula of investiture according to the Catholic Church and the Carmelite religious order. Enrollment is a form of dedicating oneself to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and in order to receive the "Promises of the Brown Scapular" you must wear it at all times, most especially at the time of your death. You must also commit to a life devoted to Our Lady... a life that includes piety and prayer. Once you've been invested by a priest, you do not need to do so again. If/when your Scapular becomes worn out or unwearable, you simply replace it with a new one. Your initial investiture/enrollment is really a blessing on the wearer, not the Scapular itself... so once you've been enrolled you remain enrolled.

The Brown Scapular shown in today's photo is the one I was actually enrolled with back in November of 2012. I wore it until the cords were worn so thin that they were about to fall off, then I replaced it with an identical one. This one now rests on my prayer altar.

I wear my Scapular continuously. I only remove it when I bathe, which is really the only time that it is acceptable to remove it - though you are not required to do so, and some people actually have a second one that they'll wear just for bathing.

Enough about the Brown Scapular though...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!

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