The first Carmelites were Christian hermits living on Mt Carmel in the Holy Land from the late 12th to mid 13th Century. Popular devotion have centered on the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Brown Scapular.
On July 16, 1251, St. Simon Stock knelt in prayer in the White Friars’ convent at Cambridge. Our Lady appeared before him and presented him with the well-known brown scapular. It was given as an assurance, for all who died wearing it, of her protection.
By putting on the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel we place ourselves under Her Mantle. It symbolizes her special protection and calls the wearers to consecrate themselves to her in a special way
Flower of Carmel
splendour of heaven,
Child-bearing yet maiden,
None equals thee.
Mother so tender,
whom no man didst know,
On Carmel’s children
thy favours bestow,
Star of the sea.
“Let all of you have a common language and a common armor: the language, the words of the Gospel, the armor, the Scapular of the Virgin of Carmel…which enjoys the singular privilege of protection even after death.”
-POPE BENEDICT XV
Zelo zelatus sum pro Domino Deo exercituum.
Our Lady of Carmel, pray for us.
St Simon Stock, pray for us.
St Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.
Doctors of Carmel, pray for us.
All Carmelite saints, pray for us.
Some of my favourite finds on Our Lady of Mount Carmel.