Carmel Monastery Chapel
510 E. Gore Road, Erie
Totus Marianus es Carmelus
Carmel is all Mary’s
And nothing delineates this more than Carmel’s best known devotion:
The Brown Scapular
Given by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock in 1251, the Brown Scapular has enjoyed the blessing, approval and recommendation of Popes throughout the centuries. In its popular abbreviated form, what was part of the Carmelite habit became Our Lady’s sign of her particular devotion and protection of those who wear it. “Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of your Order,” she told St. Simon Stock, then General of the Order of Carmelites. “This shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire. It is a badge of salvation, a protection in danger, a pledge of peace and eternal alliance.” Not to be looked upon as a “good luck charm”, the wearing of the Brown Scapular challenges its wearers to live lives worthy of Our Lady to whose service and devotion it pledges them.
A further privilege regarding the Brown Scapular was granted by Our Lady to Pope John XXII who sanctioned it in a Bull on March 22, 1322. Our Lady promised the Pontiff, “I, the Mother of Grace, shall descend on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever I shall find in purgatory I shall free so that I may lead them to the holy mountain of life everlasting.” To obtain the “Sabbatine Privilege” as it is called, three requirements must be fulfilled:
One must wear the Brown Scapular continuously.
One must observe chastity according to one’s state in life.
One must recite the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary OR abstain from flesh meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays (except when Christmas falls on one of those days) OR recite the Rosary daily (five decades) Or have it commuted to another pious work by one’s confessor.
Those enrolled in the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular are entitled to a share in all the Masses, prayers and good works of Carmelites around the world. For those who have not been previously enrolled, this enrollment is offered here, in the Carmel of Erie, during our annual Days of Prayer (July 11- 16) preceding the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16. Brown Scapulars may be obtained from our gift shop.
As a mother clothes her children to protect them,
so Our Lady clothes us with the Brown Scapular.