On July 16, 1251, our Blessed Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock and placed in his hands the habit she wished him to wear. The Pope blessed this habit and attached to it many privileges not only for the Carmelites but also for all those who should join the confraternity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Be mindful, O Virgin Mother, to speak good things before God’s face in our behalf, so that He may turn away His anger from us. — Offertory
The Imitation of Christ
O pleasant and delightful service of God, which maketh a man truly free and holy. O sacred state of religious servitude, which maketh men equal to angels, pleasing to God, terrible to the devils, and commendable to all the faithful.
By wearing the scapular, which is a diminutive form of the Carmelite scapular worn by the religious of Mount Carmel, we participate in all the merits of the Carmelites and may hope to obtain through the Blessed Virgin a prompt delivery from purgatory and special protection in this life.
The scapular is a visible sign that we are servants of the Blessed Virgin. You have often heard stories of how our Lady protects those who wear her scapular devoutly. If you have lost yours get a scapular today and wear it. You know that a scapular medal may be substituted for the scapular but the medal must be blessed while the scapular need not.
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today