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The Brown Scapular (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel)
Association of Marian Helpers (Marians of the Immaculate Conception) | 1991 | Rt. Rev. Charles A. Klauder

Posted on 07/16/2003 7:22:38 PM PDT by Pyro7480

The Brown Scapular
by Rt. Rev. Charles A. Klauder.
Copyright 1991 Marians of the Immaculate Conception.

Almost everyone knows of our Blessed Mother's apparition at Fatima in 1917, and almost every Catholic knows some of the requests she made for all of us to put into practice in our daily lives. Now, the sad part is that most Catholics have not put into practice these important requests:

1. Daily saying five decades of the Rosary.

2. Wearing of the Brown Scapular, the Sign of Consecration to Mary's Immaculate Heart.

3. Holy Communions of Reparation on the First Saturdays, meditating for at least fifteen minutes on the mysteries of the rosary. (The time might well be spent before the Blessed Sacrament as part of the reparation Our Lady requested.)

4. Offering of the sacrifices of daily life for the conversion of sinners.

5. Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

It is really a shame, this terrible neglect on the part of so many Catholics. What a great and sad disappointment this must be to Our Blessed Lady, the Mother of God and our own mother.

A Simple request

Let us take, for a short consideration, the wearing of the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - such a simple request made by the Holy Mother of God for us to wear a tiny piece of brown cloth as an act and proof of devotion to her - and yet the request is not heeded and put into use by very many. If one is not willing to carry a small piece of cloth, how can it be expected that greater things will be done? Therefore, start with wearing the Scapular and Mary will see to it that you begin to do the other things requested by her.

The Saintly Pius X, when giving the privilege of wearing the Scapular Medal, plainly stated, "We would prefer that all would wear the cloth scapular, such as those in the service of their country, those in boiler rooms or similar industries and natives in tropical countries. In spite of St. Pius' request, almost everyone laid aside the cloth Scapular and carried the Medal.

Benedict XV, the Saint's successor, on July 8, 1916, placed an indulgence on the cloth Scapular when it is kissed with devotion, and he plainly stated this indulgence does not apply to the Medal.

An extraordinary promise

About one year later at Fatima in 1917, our Blessed Lady appeared to Lucy and the other two children, Francesco and Jacinta. She was clothed in the Brown Garb of Carmel. Holding in her hand the Brown Scapular, she reminded us all to wear it and enjoy her extraordinary Promise:

"Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire."

Very few wear the Scapular. You may prove it to yourself by asking ten people this question, "Do you wear the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel?" and you will be surprised to find perhaps none will answer yes!

What a deplorable shame that our Blessed Mother's request is so totally ignored by so many and the treasure of the indulgence is lost; the promise of eternal life is not appreciated.

Although we all know that the whole world is in an unsettled condition, including our beloved America, yet Mary's requests are fulfilled by only a few. Why do we always wait until something terrible happens before we hurry to Mary? Why?

A serious call

Now perhaps the most important point in the whole message of Fatima is precisely this making us aware of the seriousness of life and the urgent need there is for solid thinking and praying. "The whole land," wrote the prophet Jeremiah of Old, "is made desolate, but no man lays it to heart" (Jer 12:11). The same is true today; the whole world has come to such a sorry pass and lives in dread of a third world upheaval because there are so few that really "think in their hearts!" It was the keensighted Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII who assured us of this.

A large number of Scapular orders come from children asking for one or two Scapulars.

Where are the adults who could assist by helping to distribute many more Scapulars?

The Scapular is Mary's Mantle, thrown over our shoulders with a promise of eternal salvation and an indulgence for all who kiss it with devotion. After the Rosary, the Scapular is the most highly indulgenced sacramental in the Church.

Three things are necessary:

1. One must be enrolled only once. This is usually done at First Holy Communion but can be done at any time by the priest. No further blessing is required for a new cloth Scapular.

2. The Scapular must be worn with devotion.

3. The Scapular must be worn over the shoulders so that the one piece falls in front, the other in the back, although it is not necessary that the cloth be worn next to the skin.

Such a simple thing to do - such a wonderful reward - the wearing of a tiny piece of cloth. The Blessed Mother's Promise of Eternal Salvation!

with Ecclesiastical approval

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I thought this was a fitting thing to post on this feast day. I know both of these are private revelation, and not necessary for salvation, but they are such wonderful aids to the way of holiness. There are not "pagan" rituals. They are not good luck charms. They are exterior signs of our consecration to Jesus through the Most Immaculate Heart of Mary. Why miss this great opportunity? If you aren't enrolled already or if you don't remember if you are, get a Brown Scapular (you can get one for free by writing EWTN Viewer Response, 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, AL 35210. Here are some related prayers for the Brown Scapular:

Morning Offering

O my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary (here kiss your Brown Scapular *)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!



Priest - Ostende nobis, domine misericordiam tuam.
Respondent - Et salutare tuum da nobis.
P - Domine, exaudi orationem meum.
R - Et clamor meus ad te veniat.
P - Dominus vobiscum.
R - Et cum spiritu tuo.
P - Oremus. Domine Jesu Christe, humani generis Salvator, hunc habitum, quem propter tuum tuaeque Genitricis Virginis Mariae de Monte Carmelo, Amorem servus tuus devote est delaturus, dextera tua sanctifica, tu eadem Genitrice tua intercedente, ab hoste maligno defensus in tua gratia usque ad mortem perseveret: Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. Amen.


P - Accipite hunc, habitum benedictum precantes sanctissima Virginem, ut ejus meritis illum perferatis sine macula, et vos ab omni adversitate defendat, atque advitam perducat aeternam. Amen.


P - Ego, ex potestate mihi concessa, recipio vos ad participationem, omnium bonorum spiritualium, qua, cooperante misericordia Jesu Christi, a Religiosa de Monte Carmelo peraguntur. In Nomine Patris + et Filii + et Spiritus Sancti. + Amen.

Benedicat + vos Conditor caeli at terrae, Deus omnipotens, qui vos cooptare dignatus est in Confraternitatem Beatae Mariae Virginis de Monte Carmelo: quam exoramus, ut in hore obitus vestri conterat caput serpentis antiqui, atque palmam et coronam sempiternae hereditatis tandem consequamini Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
R - Amen.


Priest - Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.
Respondent - And grant us Thy salvation.
P - Lord, hear my prayer.
R - And let my cry come unto Thee.
P - The Lord be with you.
R - And with your Spirit.
P - Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, sanctify by Thy power these scapulars, which for love of Thee and for love of Our Lady of Mont Carmel, Thy servants will wear devoutly, so that through the intercession of the same Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and protected against the evil spirit, they persevere until death in Thy grace. Thou who liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.


P - Receive this blessed scapular and beseech the Blessed Virgin that through Her merits, you may wear it without stain. May it defend you against all adversity and accompany you to eternal life. Amen.


P - I, by the power vested in me, admit you to participate in all the spiritual benefits obtained through the mercy of Jesus Christ by the Religious Order of Mont Carmel.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

May God Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and earth, bless you, He who has deigned to join you to the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin of Mont Carmel; we beseech Her to crush the head of the ancient serpent so that you may enter into possession of your eternal heritage through Christ our Lord. R - Amen.


1 posted on 07/16/2003 7:22:38 PM PDT by Pyro7480
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2 posted on 07/16/2003 7:24:27 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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3 posted on 07/16/2003 7:26:21 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (+ Vive Jesus! (Live Jesus!) +)
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I, your resident Catholic liberal, have worn the scapular for 44 years, since I was 8.

I'm gonna wave that scapular on judgement day and hold Mary to the promises she made.

I'll be buried in it; the instructions are already in my will.

4 posted on 07/16/2003 7:30:58 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: sandyeggo
I haven't kept the Saturday promises, but I have worn the scapular.

Actually, I've worn out six of them, and ruined two in the washing machine.

The one I have now is about two years old.

My wife thinks this is a childish habit, but I'm going to convert her to wearing the scapular yet!

6 posted on 07/16/2003 8:03:35 PM PDT by sinkspur
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Wow, thanks for sharing this account with us. I was watching a special on EWTN in the past half hour (10:30-11:00 EDT) about Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The presenter, a Redemptorist priest, quoted his order's patron saying, "Modern-day heretics scoff at the Brown Scapular." There's hope for you yet, sinkspur. (joke mode on) ;-)
7 posted on 07/16/2003 8:15:08 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (+ Vive Jesus! (Live Jesus!) +)
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Mary made a promise, that no one who wore the scapular would see the fires of hell.

I've not said the rosary every day, nor have I made the First Saturdays.

But I have worn the scapular, and seen the image of Mary, and kissed the scapular and remembered her promises.

She will not abandon someone with such faithfulness to her promises. I just know she won't.

8 posted on 07/16/2003 8:19:55 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: sandyeggo
You only need to do the First Saturday devotions for five consecutive Saturdays - you can start in August and finish in time for Christmas.

I must have done them as a kid.

But, it wouldn't hurt to do them again.

10 posted on 07/16/2003 8:23:11 PM PDT by sinkspur
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I thought you guys might enjoy this....

Pope Says Our Lady of Mount Carmel Is Source of Hope
Recalls a Church Feast Full of Memories of His Youth

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, JULY 16, 2003 ( On a day the Church was celebrating the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, John Paul II presented Mary as a reason for hope and consolation.

After greeting the Carmelites who were among the 2,000 faithful gathered for today's general audience at the papal summer residence here, the Pope highlighted the meaning of the day, which for him brought back memories.

"Today is the liturgical memory of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel," he said in Polish at the end of the audience. "This memory is especially dear to all those who are devoted to Our Lady of Mount Carmel."

"Even I, from my youngest days, have worn around my neck the scapular of Our Lady and I take refuge with trust under the mantle of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus," the Pope said.

He added: "I hope the scapular will be for everyone, especially the faithful who wear it, a help and defense in times of danger, a seal of peace and a sign of Mary's care."

The Carmel scapular wasn't the extent of Karol Wojtyla's connection with its spirituality. He gave serious thought to entering the Carmel, after reading the works of St. John of the Cross. The Spanish saint's mystical writings so moved the future Pope that he based his doctoral thesis in theology on them.

Simon Stock, general superior of the Carmelite Order, received the scapular in 1251, during an apparition of the Virgin, when she promised special assistance in life and in death to all those who wear it with devotion.

Commenting on the Holy Father's words, theologian and Mariologist Father Stefano De Fiores explained on Vatican Radio: "When we think of the Virgin of Carmel today, we think first of all of the contemplation so necessary for the world of today which is too absorbed in activity and subjected to stress and anxiety."

"At the same time, in Mary we also see beauty," said Father De Fiores, a Montfort Missionary. "This way of beauty today is particularly adapted to attract the hearts of men. According to Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky, beauty will save the world. However, not any beauty but redeemed beauty, as Pavel Evdokimov emphasizes."

With her beauty, Mary indicates to us "what we should be and, unfortunately, are not," the theologian added.

12 posted on 07/16/2003 8:37:17 PM PDT by Saint Athanasius (How can there be too many children? That's like saying there are too many flowers - Mother Theresa)
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To: fripper
I don't doubt that he does. Where did you hear/read that?
15 posted on 07/16/2003 8:44:52 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (+ Vive Jesus! (Live Jesus!) +)
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It has been reported in articles about the filming of The Passion. He attended Mass everyday and was quite open about his wearing the Brown Scapular. He knew dark forces were at work trying to sabotage the movie.
16 posted on 07/16/2003 8:51:07 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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What do y'all think of the article?
17 posted on 07/16/2003 8:53:32 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (+ Vive Jesus! (Live Jesus!) +)
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Wow. Thanks for posting this. I can't wait to see this film!
18 posted on 07/16/2003 8:54:07 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (+ Vive Jesus! (Live Jesus!) +)
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It warms my heart to know that JP II has also worn the scapular for most of his life.

The Lord will not refuse those who have such simple trust in His Mother.

If you don't wear the scapular, it's not too late to start.

19 posted on 07/16/2003 8:59:54 PM PDT by sinkspur
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FWIW I think I did the five first Saturdays and met the other conditions several years ago.

You may not know, but there is a special "investiture" in one of those liturgical or books they use. Anyway, I asked a priest to run through that for me when I started wearing the scapular.

I had too many books with too many scapulars, medals, promises that I got confused and started wondering about all of it.

20 posted on 07/16/2003 9:01:37 PM PDT by Aliska
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