Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday of Our Lady

Our Lady of the Scapular

For centuries, devotion to Mary through the wearing of the Brown Scapular has been the cornerstone of the Discalced Carmelite Order's dedication to Mary and to a life of prayer lived in imitation of Mary.

Tradition tells us that the Scapular was presented by Mary to the English Carmelite, Saint  Simon Stock, in the year 1251, as a sign of Mary's special love and protection for all Carmelites. Ever since that date, the Brown Scapular has come to symbolize Carmel's unlimited confidence in Mary's prayerful intercession with her Divine Son.

Dedication to Mary and to a life of prayer are the two distinctive characteristics of the Carmelite Order.

The Scapular, in its monastic apron form, is an integral part of the habit of Carmelites. The miniaturized version of this sacramental consists of two panels of cloth, joined by a cord and worn over the shoulders.

May the Scapular of Carmel be for all its wearers a constant and visible reminder of Our Lady's prayers and protection.

(Information taken from Discalced Carmelite Friars of HOLY HILL)

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

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