Our Lady of Mount Carmel

16Jul11

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order.Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has centered on theScapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel also known as the Brown Scapular, a sacramentalassociated with promises of Mary’s special aid for the salvation of the devoted wearer. Traditionally, Mary is said to have given the Scapular to an early Carmelite named Saint Simon Stock.. A tradition first attested to in the late 14th century says that Saint Simon Stock, an early prior general of the Carmelite Order,  had a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in which she gave him the Brown Scapular which formed part of the Carmelite habit, promising that those who died wearing the scapular would be saved.  The Carmelites see in the Blessed Virgin Mary a perfect model of the interior life of prayer and contemplation to which Carmelites aspire, a model of virtue, as well as the person who was closest in life to Jesus Christ. She is seen as the one who points Christians most surely to Christ, saying to all what she says to the servants at the wedding at Cana, “Do whatever he [Jesus] tells you.” Carmelites look to Mary as spiritually their mother and sister.   The Stella Maris Monastery on Mount Carmel, named after a traditional title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is considered the spiritual headquarters of the order.

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  Almighty Lord and God, let the gracious intercession of our Lady of Mount Carmel help us.  Under her protection, may we come to the mountain of God, Christ the Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

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