Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Order of, Devotion, Apparition
By Michael K. Jones

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a title given to the Carmelite order. Their humble beginnings were as Christian’s hermits living on the Holy Land in the 12th and 13 century. Their first chapel and lives were centered on the loving devotion of the Blessed Mother.

Since the 15th century the order has since been associated with the Carmelite Brown Scapular known as “The Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” Carmelites believe that in wearing this scapular the Virgin Mary aids in the salvation of the devotee wearing the sacramental.

According to tradition, in the 13th century, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, and gave him the original Brown Scapular saying that whoever wore it would be preserved from eternal damnation and on the 1st Saturday after their death, would be taken by her to Heaven.

The order of Carmelite and chapels continue to be dedicated and devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Carmelites believe Mary was the perfect model of virtue of the interior life of prayer and contemplation to which all Carmelites aspire to achieve in an interior life in all humility in a lifetime service.

The orders of the Carmelites are well known for their special calling to the interior life. One most famous and beloved Carmelites is Saint Teresa of Avila.  She entered the Carmelite Monastery of the Incarnation at Avila on Nov 2, 1535, the following year receiving her Habit, beginning a life long devotion to prayer and penance.

St. Teresa’s teaches us one of the most beautiful writing about the Carmelite life and way of the interior life to which Carmelites are called to practice and live with a full heart.

St. Teresa tells us;  "Whoever makes a habit of prayer should think only of doing everything to conform his will to God's. Be assured that in this conformity consists the highest perfection we can attain, and those who practice it with the greatest care will be favored by God's greatest gift and will make the quickest progress in the interior life. Do not imagine there are other secrets. All our good consists in this.”

Prayer to the Blessed Mother of Mount Carmel;  “O most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother. 0 Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity (make prayer request). There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Sweet Mother I place this cause in your hands. Amen.”

Church Teachings on the Scapular;  In 1996 a doctrinal statement tells us whoever receives the scapular becomes a member of the order and pledges him/herself to live according to its spirituality in accordance with the characteristics of his/her state of life. 

About a Scapular;  A scapular is a Marina habit or garment which signifies we belong to Our Lady; a pledge of her motherly protection in life and in death.

Apparitions of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel;  The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal as Our Lady of Mount Carmel during the last of six total apparitions, on October 17, 1917. Our Lady promised on that day the people would receive signs and miracles.  One of these miracles was the unnatural happenings of the sun which left it rotation coming closer and closer to earth, creating yet more miracles before returning back to its usual place.  

 If you would like to read about the apparitions of Fatima and see actual photo from the “Miracle of the Sun” in Fatima on Oct. 17, 1917, click here for more…. http://www.medjugorjeusa.org/fatima.htm  

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