Read the daily quote from Pope Francis

 

Confraternity of the Brown Scapular

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On July 16, 1251, Our Lady appeared in the Carmelite habit and held out the Brown Scapular to St. Simon Stock in response to his prayers on behalf of the men of the community, who, despite continuous prayers, rigorous fasts, and other penances, were concerned with their sinful nature.

The Blessed Virgin Mary said to St. Simon Stock, “To give you assurance that your priests and brothers will go to Heaven, I bring you a vestment, a Scapular (which is the abbreviated form of the Mantle worn by Carmelites), and this shall be the privilege for you and all Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire.”

Mary promised to an early Carmelite, St. Simon Stock, that anyone who remains faithful to the Carmelite vocation until death will be granted the grace of final perseverance.  

The Blessed Virgin gave him the Scapular of Carmel and promised, "Take, beloved son this scapular of thy order as a badge of my confraternity and for thee and all Carmelites a special sign of grace; whoever dies in this garment, will not suffer everlasting fire. It is the sign of salvation, a safeguard in dangers, and a pledge of peace and of the covenant."

The Brown Scapular is a reminder to its wearers of the saving grace which Christ gained upon the cross for all.  Therefore, the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel echoes the promise of Divine Revelation in Matthew 24:13, “The one who holds out to the end is the one who will see salvation; Revelation 2:10, “Remain faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life; and St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians solemnly declares, “I have completed well; I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith.”

 

Putting on the Lord Jesus is Signified by the White Garment in Baptism and the Clothing of the Scapular


The Rosary and the Scapular

            St. Dominic's famous prophecy: "To my Order, the Blessed Virgin will entrust a devotion to be known as the Rosary and to your Order, Angelus, she will entrust a devotion to be known as the Scapular. One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, she will save the world."  The Holy Rosary is a meditation of the life, passion, and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  While the Brown Scapular is a meditation of the Angelus.

The Scapular is a mirror of the humility and purity of Mary. 

Scapular Catechesis and Ritual:  The Scapular is a garment.  It is a piece of clothing.  Clothing is a sign of parental love and care.  There is a sign value by the very nature of clothing that precedes even the spiritual examples from the Old and New Testaments.  Our earthly mother clothes us; and our heavenly Mother clothes us.  (Scapular Catechesis and Ritual, page 5)

            The scapular is a habit.  Whoever wears it, is, by virtue of such reception, associated more or less intimately with the Order of Carmel in order to live “in allegiance to Jesus Christ,” has chosen the spiritual experience of familiarity with Mary as sister, mother, and model, who is the Mother of the Church, Flower of Carmel, Mother and Guide on the way of holiness, Star of the Sea, and Star of Evangelization. (Scapular Catechesis and Ritual, page 12)

            The Scapular is a mirror of the humility and purity of Mary.  Through her simplicity, she invites us to live modestly and in purity.  (Scapular Catechesis and Ritual, page 23)  The Blessed Virgin has shown her patronage over the Order of Carmel.  This patronage and protection came to be symbolized in the scapular, the essential part of the Carmelite habit.  (Scapular Catechesis and Ritual, page 1)  The Scapular is a sign of Mary’s motherly protection.

            The Scapular is a symbol of filial and grateful recognition of the mission that the Most Blessed Trinity willed to confide to Mary in the history of salvation, “Mystery of Mercy” (1 Tm 3:16).  These truly significant words were placed on the lips of Mary:  “I bring you a Scapular as a sign of my blessing and my love and, at the same time, as a sign of the mystery, which will be accomplished, in you.  I come to fully “clothe you in Jesus Christ” (Ga 3:27), so that you may be rooted in Him (Col 2:7), “the royal way,” in the depths of the abyss, with the Father and the Spirit of Love.”  The three phases of this ascent of Mount Carmel are:  imitation, union, and likeness to Mary.  (Scapular Catechesis and Ritual, pages 14 and 15)

With the Brown Scapular, the Blessed Virgin Mary clothes Her children with choice graces and virtues.  One should kiss the Scapular devoutly when rising in the morning and in retiring in the evening and every time it is put on or taken off, because there is a partial indulgence given for this, because it reminds us to ask the Mother of God to:  “Preserve us this day from sin and the occasions of sin.”  When we use the Scapular as a prayer, Our Lady draws us to the Sacred Heart of Her Divine Son.  It is well, therefore, to hold the Scapular in the hand while addressing Our Lady.  A prayer uttered thus while holding the Mystical Scapular is a perfect as a prayer can be.

When Jesus walked on earth, whoever even touched the hem of His garment became whole.  By wearing the Scapular, we renew our Baptismal vow to put on Our Lord Jesus Christ.  In Mary, our hope of salvation will be safeguarded, because in her the God of Life has made His abode. 

The Scapular is humble even in appearance.  The Scapular was worn by many and varied religious orders as an apron to protect the tunic when working.  It can be said that the Scapular was the least important garment of the habit, a garment of work, a garment of a slave.  And yet, the Blessed Mother offered the Scapular to St. Simon Stock in response to his prayer for a privilege and as a sign of Her particular love for the Order of Carmel.  In the gift of the Holy Scapular, we see Our Lady’s humility; she is truly the Handmaid of the Lord, so how appropriate it is that she gave to Her Carmelites the garment of a slave as their privilege.

The Brown Scapular is the devotion of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  It creates a state of union with her.  It puts us in the atmosphere of holiness which greatly facilitates the keeping of the other elements of the pledge.  This intense Marian life, which is expressed in trusting prayer, enthusiastic praise, and diligent imitation, enables us to understand how the most genuine form of devotion to the Blessed Virgin, expressed by the humble sign of the Scapular, is consecration to her Immaculate Heart.  (Scapular Catechesis and Ritual, page 45)

Our Lady held the Brown Scapular out to the world in the final vision of Fatima just before the climax of the miracle of the sun.  When Lucia (who later become a Carmelite) was asked why Our Lady held the Scapular in her hands, she said, “It is because everyone should wear it, for it is the sign of Consecration to her Immaculate Heart.  Sister Lucia said that the Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable.  Pope Pius XXII said, “Let the Brown Scapular be for all the sign of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

The Scapular brings to its wearer the constant moral presence of Our Lady.  It is an eternal profession of Consecration to her.  By uniting our hearts to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we are brought into intimate contact and union with the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The more we deepen our understanding of the Scapular as a sign of intimacy with the Heart of Mary, the more valuable it will be to us at every moment of the day in fulfilling the other requests of Our Lady at Fatima that her Immaculate Heart might triumph.

The Brown Scapular has often been referred to as Our Lady’s Sacrament.  It has been the vehicle of more numerous miracles and favors than any other sign the world has known.  It has been the armor of Saints and was found incorrupt in the tombs of St. John Bosco, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Louis de Montfort, and others.  It is a sign of belonging to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the universal family of Her Heart.

Sister Lucia said that the most vital element is the Morning Offering and the reference of every act of the day to that Offering.  Without the Rosary and the Scapular, the fruit of living the Morning Offering would be almost impossible.  By means of the Scapular, we are actually consecrated at every moment of the day by the power of the virtual intention.

The Scapular is to be worn as a symbol of innocence, purity, humility, and obedience that those who wear them may be found worthy to put on Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.  Those who wear it devoutly as a token of a religious life, may deserve to appear glorious in white and unspotted garments at the Day of Judgment. (Manual of the Third Order of our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Teresa of Jesus, pages 62 and 63)

          1 Peter, “Clothe yourselves with humility.”  It reminds us that we are children of Mary and work for Mary.  It is a garment of humility and of penance.  The Scapular is a working garb.  Therefore, we should fill our lives with good works to labor as good soldier of Our Lady Immaculate.  Because it is also a garment of penance and humility, we must also accept difficulties of our state of life and all sufferings that Our Lady will send us.  The Scapular will give us the strength to do this in all our difficulties; and we can grab on our Scapular and remind ourselves of her protection, watchfulness, and presence especially at the moment of death of her promise of salvation.

Exhortation:
1.  Wear the scapular
2.  Put on the Lord Jesus Christ
3.  Imitate the most Holy Virgin Mary

 

 

INVESTITURES OF THE BROWN SCAPULAR SPONSORED BY:

St. Therese of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face Secular Order Carmelites

           EVERY SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH OF JULY at the 9:00am HOLY MASS

ST. THERESA THE LITTLE FLOWER CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

Online Giving

Online Giving

Secure and Convenient Donate now!