Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Feast Day - July 16th

mount_carmel.jpg (11604 bytes)mount_carmel2.jpg (12987 bytes)mount_carmel3.jpg (16119 bytes)

 

History of the Brown Scapular of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel

scapular.jpg (13301 bytes) The small brown scapular is an outward sign of one's love and devotion to the Mother of God and an acknowledgment of her special role in His plan of salvation. It is a miniature model of the larger form worn by memebers of the Carmelite Order as part of their religious habit.

According to tradition, in the 13th century Our Lady appeared to Saint Simon Stock, Superior General of the Order, and gave him the brown scapular saying that whoever wore it would be preserved from eternal damnation and on the 1st Saturday after their death, would be taken by her to heaven.

The wearing of the scapular must be understood to mean that one is striving earnestly to live up to all Christian ideals. It does not take the place of the Church's sacraments, but is an outward sign of inward commitment to virture and Christian piety, under the patronage of Mary.

 

Begin Novena

(Say for nine consecutive days)

Day One

O Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity! O Star of the Sea, help and protect us! Show us that you are our Mother!

(pause and mention petitions)

Say: One Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

Day Two

Most Holy Mary, Our Mother, in your great love for us you gave us the Holy Scapular of Mount Carmel, having heard the prayers of your chosen son Saint Simon Stock. Help us now to wear it faithfully and with devotion. May it be a sign to us of our desire to grow in holiness.

(pause and mention petitions)

Say: One Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

Day Three

O Queen of Heaven, you gave us the Scapular as an outward sign by which we might be known as your faithful children. May we always wear it with honor by avoiding sin and imitating your virtues. Help us to be faithful to this desire of ours.

(pause and mention petitions)

Say: One Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

Day Four

When you gave us, Gracious Lady, the Scapular as our Habit, you called us to be not only servants, but also your own children. We ask you to gain for us from your Son the grace to live as your children in joy, peace and love.

(pause and mention petitions)

Say: One Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

Day Five

O Mother of Fair Love, through your goodness, as your children, we are called to live in the spirit of Carmel. Help us to live in charity with one another, prayerful as Elijah of old, and mindful of our call to minister to God's people.

(pause and mention petitions)

Say: One Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

Day Six

With loving provident care, O Mother Most Amiable, you covered us with your Scapular as a shield of defense against the Evil One. Through your assistance, may we bravely struggle against the powers of evil, always open to your Son Jesus Christ.

(pause and mention petitions)

Say: One Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

Day Seven

O Mary, Help of Christians, you assured us that wearing your Scapular worthily would keep us safe from harm. Protect us in both body and soul with your continual aid. May all that we do be pleasing to your Son and to you.

(pause and mention petitions)

Say: One Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

Day Eight

You give us hope, O Mother of Mercy, that through your Scapular promise we might quickly pass through the fires of purgatory to the Kingdom of your Son. Be our comfort and our hope. Grant that our hope may not be in vain but that, ever faithful to your Son and to you, we may speedily enjoy after death the blessed company of Jesus and the saints.

(pause and mention petitions)

Say: One Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

Day Nine

O Most Holy Mother of Mount Carmel, when asked by a saint to grant privileges to the family of Carmel, you gave assurance of your Motherly love and help to those faithful to you and to your Son.
Behold us, your children. We glory in wearing your holy habit, which makes us members of your family of Carmel, through which we shall have your powerful protection in life, at death, and even after death.

Look down with love, O Gate of Heaven, on all those now in their last agony!

Look down graciously, O Virgin, Flower of Carmel, on all those in need of help!

Look down mercifully, O Mother of our Savior, on all those who do not know that they are numbered among your children.

Look down tenderly, O Queen of All Saints, on the poor souls!

(pause and mention petitions)

Say: One Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

 

nubrass.gif (4888 bytes)