A SIGN OF CHRISTIAN FAITH AND
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
Signs in Ordinary Human Life
The world in which we live is full of material things which have symbolic meaning: light, fire, water …..
There are also, in every- day life, experiences of relationships between human beings, which express and symbolize
We need signs and symbols to help us understand what is happening at present, or what happened before, and to
Signs in Christian Life
Jesus is the great sign and gift of the Father’s love. He founded the Church as a sign and instrument of his love. Christian
In the celebration of the Eucharist and the other sacraments (baptism confirmation, reconciliation, matrimony, orders,
As well as liturgical signs, the Church has others related to some event, to some tradition, or some person. One of these
One of the signs in the tradition of the Church from many centuries ago is the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount
With the passage of time, people began to give symbolic meaning to it: the cross to be borne every day as disciples and followers of Christ. In some religious
Thus it became a sign of Mary.
The Carmelite Scapular
Some Practical Rules
People are enrolled in the scapular only once in their
life. This is done by a Priest or an authorized person.
When you replace your scapular, you do not have to be
enrolled again. You should, however, get it blessed by a
Priest just like you would normally do with a sacramental.
The scapular can be replaced afterwards by a medal which
has on one side the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and
on the other, the image of Mary.
The scapular holds us to live as authentic Christians in
with the teaching of the Gospel, to receive the sacraments, to
profess our special devotion to the blessed Virgin, which
should be expressed each day, at least, by saying the Hail
Mary three times.
Kiss your scapular daily. Pope
Benedict XV, granted 500 days indulgence for devoutly
kissing your scapular.
Pope John Paul II and the Brown Scapular
Pope Reveals He Wears a Carmelite Scapular
Sends Letter to Mark a 750th Anniversary
VATICAN CITY, MAR. 27, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II wrote a letter for the 750th anniversary of the reception of the
scapular by the Carmelite order, in which he reveals that he has worn a smaller version of the scapular since his youth.
The scapular was received by Carmelite Superior General Simon Stock in 1251. The Virgin Mary appeared to him and
The Holy Father sent a letter to the generals of the two Carmelite branches: Father Joseph Chalmers, of the old, or “shod,”
John Paul II wrote, “I have learned that the Carmelite order, in its two branches, the old and the reformed, wishes to express
This Marian devotion, expressed “in the humble sign of the scapular, consists in the consecration to her Immaculate Heart,” he
Popular scapulars consist of two small squares of woolen cloth joined by strings and worn around the neck. The original, large
When he was a university student in Krakow, Poland, before entering the seminary, Karol Wojtyla considered entering the
Carmelite order, after reading St. John of the Cross’ works. The latter’s mystical writings so fascinated Wojtyla, that he based
his doctoral thesis on them.
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