Mt Carmel High School
 

Virgin most holy,
Mother of the Word Incarnate,
Treasurer of graces,
and Refuge of poor sinners:
we fly to thy motherly affection with lively faith,
and we beg of thee the grace ever to do the will of God.
Into thy most holy hands we commit the keeping of our hearts,
asking thee for health of soul and body, in the certain hope that thou,
our most loving Mother, wilt hear our prayer.
Wherefore with lively faith we say:

Hail Mary 3 times

 

 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. The first Carmelites were Christian hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early to mid 13th centuries. They built a chapel in the midst of their hermitages, which they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, whom they conceived of in chivalric terms as the "Lady of the place."

Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has centered on the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel also known as the Brown Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Mary's special aid for the salvation of the devoted wearer. The liturgical feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is celebrated on July16th. 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. 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. Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi, OCD, a revered authority on Carmelite spirituality, wrote that devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel means: a special call to the interior life, which is preeminently a Marian life. Our Lady wants us to resemble her not only in our outward vesture but far more, in heart and spirit.

According to the ways in which the Church has intervened at various times to clarify the meaning and privileges of the Brown Scapular: "The scapular is a Marian habit or garment. It is both a sign and pledge of belonging to Mary and a pledge of her motherly protection; not only in this life, but also after death. As a sign, it is a conventional sign signifying three elements strictly joined: first, belonging to a religious family particularly devoted to Mary, especially dear to Mary, the Carmelite Order; second, consecration to Mary, devotion to and trust in her Immaculate Heart; third an incitement to become like Mary by imitating her virtues, above all her humility, chastity, and spirit of prayer."

Today, the 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 stated in the official catechetical materials that they do not promulgate the Sabbatine privilege, and are at one with official Church teaching on the matter which might explain why we did not win any CIF football or basketball championships in the 1960s & 70s. However, that is just one person’s consideration … and I could be wrong.

Prayer
Lord, Jesus, the hour is come:
Glorify Thy Mother that
    Thy Mother may glorify Thee.
Manifest to all her power and efficacious
    mediation, and grant us the favors we implore
    through her intercession.
Hear us for Thy Mother's sake,
Hear us for love of Thy Mother,
We beseech Thee, Lord Jesus!
Show Thyself her Son and procure her triumph
    which we desire in view of Thine Own.
That Thy Kingdom may come,
    may we have the kingdom of Mary,
Mother of Grace. Amen.