Various Practices of Devotion
in Honor of the Divine Mother;
of the Scapular


Madonna of Mount Carmel, with Pope John XXII to her right and Saint Simon Stock to her left -
by TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista - from Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

 

Receive, my Beloved son,
this Scapular of thy Order,
the Badge of my Confraternity,
a Privilege Granted to thee and to all Carmelites;
whoever Dies clothed-with it, will not Suffer Eternal Flames

Blessed Virgin Mary

 

Various Practices of Devotion
in Honor of the Divine Mother;
of the Scapular

by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

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As Men 'Esteem' it an Honor, to have Persons who 'Wear' their Livery, so also is our Blessed Lady 'Pleased' that her Clients should 'Wear' her Scapular, as a Mark that they have 'Dedicated' themselves to her Service, and that they are Members-of the Household-of the Mother of God. Modern Heretics, as usual, 'Ridicule' this Devotion; but the Holy Church has 'Approved' it by many Bulls and Indulgences. Fathers-Crasset and Lezzana, Speaking-of the Scapular-of-Mount-Carmel, 'Relate' that towards the Year 1251, the Blessed Virgin 'Appeared' to Saint-Simon-Stock, an Englishman, and 'Giving' him the Scapular, said that all who should 'Wear' it, would be 'Saved' from Eternal Damnation. She said, "Receive, my Beloved son, this Scapular of thy Order, the Badge of my Confraternity, a Privilege 'Granted' to thee and to all Carmelites; whoever 'Dies', 'Clothed' with it, will not 'Suffer' Eternal Flames". Moreover, Father-Crasset 'Relates' that Mary 'Appeared' to Pope-John-XXII, and 'Commanded' him to make it Known, that all those who should 'Wear' this Scapular, would be 'Delivered' from Purgatory, on the Saturday after their Deaths; and this he did by a Bull, which was afterwards 'Confirmed' by Alexander-V, Clement-VII, and other Pontiffs. Paul-V, as we have remarked in the First Part of this Work, gives us to understand the same thing, and seems to Explain the Bulls of his Predecessors, and 'Prescribes' in his, the conditions on which the Indulgences may be Gained. These Conditions are: that each one should 'Observe' the Chastity required in his State-of-Life, and 'Recitation' of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin; those who cannot do so, must be-Exact in keeping the Fast-days prescribed-by the Church, and Abstain from Meat on Wednesdays.

The Indulgences, moreover, which are 'Annexed' to the Scapular-of-Mount-Carmel, as also to those of the Seven (7) Dolors of our Lady-of-Mercy, and especially to that of her Immaculate Conception, are Innumerable, as well Partial-as-Plenary, both in-Life and for the Hour-of-Death. For my own part, I have been careful to 'Receive' all these Scapulars. To that of the Immaculate Conception in particular, very Great Indulgences have been 'Attached' by various Sovereign Pontiffs.