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Brown Scapular

The Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (also known as the Brown Scapular), is by far the best known, most celebrated, and most widespread of the small scapulars. It is spoken of as "the Scapular". The "feast of the Scapular" is that of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 16. It is probably the oldest of the scapulars and likely serves as the prototype of the others.

According to traditional accounts the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Simon Stock at Cambridge, England, on Sunday, July 16,1251, in response to his appeal for help for his oppressed order. She appeared to him with a scapular in her hand and said: "Take, beloved son this scapular of thy order as a badge of my confraternity and for thee and all Carmelites a special sign of grace; whoever dies in this garment, will not suffer everlasting fire. It is the sign of salvation, a safeguard in dangers, a pledge of peace and of the covenant".

The wearer of the scapular is granted certain privileges.

The first privilege the Virgin Mary grants to those wearing her Brown Scapular is eternal salvation, if they wear it constantly until death. Such is the meaning and importance of the first privilege of the Carmelite Scapular, which is wont to be expressed in the words: "whoever dies in this garment, will be preserved from hell". However, it is understood that you cannot commit every possible sin and go to Heaven anyway without repentance and penance, which would be contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church.

A second privilege of the scapular, historically known as the Sabbatine privilege, states that through her special intercession, on the Saturday following their death, Mary will personally liberate and deliver the souls of devotees out of Purgatory. Carmelite Orders, while encouraging a belief in Mary's general aid, and prayerful assistance for their souls beyond death, and commending devotion to Mary, especially on Saturdays which are dedicated to her, explicitly state in their official catechetical materials that they do not promulgate the Sabbatine privilege, and are at one with official church teaching on the matter. Mary’s intercession is based on, whether the wearer:

  1. Wore the Scapular in good faith
  2. Was chaste according to their state in life
  3. Daily recited the Divine Office, or, with the permission of one's confessor, the Little Office by certain religious orders and laity. It is similar to the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Roman Breviary or the Rosary
  4. Departed earthly life in charity.

The scapular MUST CONSIST of two segments of brown 100% wool cloth with one segment hanging on the wearers chest, and the other hanging on the back. These segments are joined by two straps which overlap each shoulder, hence the word "scapular".

Learn More:
www.fisheaters.com/scapulars.html
www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/brown_scapular.htm

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