Thursday, May 10, 2012

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Today I have a prayer to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel some information on the brown scapular.

This prayer is called 
Flos Carmeli
It is the prayer of St. Simon Stock. On July 16th 1251 Mary appeared to him holding the baby Jesus and gave him the brown scapular and the promise that "whosoever dies wearing this shall be preserved from eternal flames." 

O Most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven,
Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin,
assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me 
and show me herein you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly
beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to help me
in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power.

O, Show me herein you are my Mother, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us
who have recourse to thee.
(Say 3 times)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.
(Say 3 times)

Information about the brown Scapular
What is the Scapular?
It is a two small pieces of brown wool connected by ribbons and worn under one's clothes with one piece of wool in the front and the other in the back. It is like a small replica of a religious habit. It is also one of the chief Marian Sacramentals.
A Sacramental is anything set apart or blessed by the Church to excite good thoughts and to increase devotion, and through these movements of the heart, to remit venial sin.
It is not the sacramental that gives grace, but the devotion, love of God, or sorrow for sin that it inspires. So the more devotion we have, the more grace we receive.
It is called a Scapular because it comes from the latin word "scapulae" meaning "shoulders" and that is where it is worn.
Why wear the Scapular? We wear the Scapular to indicate that we place ourselves under the special protection of the Blessed Virgin. It is like wearing a uniform to show that you desire to serve the Blessed Virgin in some special manner.
You do not have to be Catholic to wear a Scapular. Our Lady, as a good Mother will bring conversions to anyone who honors Her by wearing Her Scapular.
The first Scapular one wears should be blessed and imposed by a priest using the formula contained in the Roman ritual for reception into the Confraternity of the Scapular.
The words used by the priest when enrolling a person in the Confraternity of the Scapular are as follows: "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. AFTER THE INVESTITURE THE PRIEST CONTINUES WITH THE PRAYERS:
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 Mount Carmel.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 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 Mount Carmel; we beseech Her to crush the head of the ancient serpent so that you my enter into possession of your eternal heritage, through Christ our Lord."
There is no sin if one stops wearing the Scapular after having received it, but the benefits promised would be lost. If one wanted to wear it again after not doing so for a period of time, no new ceremony is necessary.
After you receive the initial Scapular from a priest, you do not need to have new ones blessed because the blessing received is attached to the wearer of the Scapular for life. 
When a Scapular is worn out or broken, it should not be thrown in the trash, but buried or burned because it is a sacred object.

The Promise of Our Lady
Our Lady Herself has said, "Take this Scapular. Whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire. It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace." Holy Virgin of Mount Carmel, Our Lady of the Scapular, pray for us!

Now, since I've been sick and getting behind again, here is one more prayer for our mothers this weekend.

  Prayer to Mary for Mothers
Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers, we turn to you. We thank the Lord whom you serve for the great gift of motherhood. Never has it been known that anyone who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace. Dear Mother, thank you for your “Yes” to the invitation of the angel which brought heaven to earth and changed human history. You opened yourself to God’s word and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers. Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace of surrendered love so that they could join with you in giving their own “Fiat.” May they find daily strength to say yes to the call to the sacrificial love- the very heart of the vocation of motherhood. May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration for all of us called to follow your Son.

On this Mothers day, Mother of the Word Incarnate, pray for us who have recourse to you…

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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