Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Carmelites) A.D. 1251
"The Brown Scapular of our Lady of Mount Carmel," associated with the Carmelite Order, is the most well-known. In A.D. 16 July 1251, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock in Cambridge, England after he prayed for help for his Order. She appeared to him with the scapular and said, "Take, beloved son this scapular of thy order as a badge of my confraternity and for thee and all Carmelites a special sign of grace; whoever dies in this garment, will not suffer everlasting fire. It is the sign of salvation, a safeguard in dangers, a pledge of peace and of the covenant."
￼Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Dominic, "One day through the Rosary and Scapular I will save the world. Whosoever dies clothed in this (scapular) shall not suffer eternal fire." This is Mary's Promise made July 16, 1261 to St. Simon Stock.
The devils revealed to Francis of Yepes, the brother of St. John of the Cross, that three things especially tormented them. The first is the Name of Jesus; the second, the Name of Mary, and the third, the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. "Take off that habit," they cried to him, "which snatches so many souls from us. All those clothed in it die piously ￼and escape us."
Your SCAPULAR, then should take on deep meaning for you. It is a rich present brought down from Heaven by OUR LADY HERSELF. "Wear it devoutly and perseveringly," she says to each soul. "It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life."
The Scapular was given to St. Simon Stock, and the devotion spread and was well-known by the 16th c. What can be safely believed because of papal decree is the promise known as the "Sabbatine Privilege." The Sabbatine Privilege is the promise that Our Lady will intercede and pray for those in Purgatory who, in earthly life: wore the Scapular in good faith; were chaste according to their state in life; daily recited the Divine Office or, with the permission of one's Confessor, the Little Office of Our Lady [a shorter form of the Divine Office in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or the Rosary; and departed earthly life in a state of Divine Grace.
You can be enrolled in the Confraternity of our Lady of Mount Carmel by any priest. Just obtain a scapular, take it to him to have it blessed, and express your desire for enrollment.
Warning: Some falsely believe that wearing the Brown Scapular offers some sort of guarantee of salvation because of the legendary words attributed to Our Lady. This is against Church teaching, is superstitious and a grave error. Sacramentals are not magical ways to manipulate God; they are Church-instituted rituals/objects that remind us of what we are supposed to be doing/thinking of, that depend on the faith, hope and love of the user, and which help prepare us to receive God's saving grace. One must do more than "wear the scapular"; one must wear it worthily.
Prayer of St. Simon Stock
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 me in this necessity. O Star of the sea, help and protect me! Show me that Thou art my Mother.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee! Mother and Ornament of Carmel, Pray for us! Virgin, Flower of Carmel, Pray for us! Patroness of all who wear the Scapular, Pray for us! Hope of all who die wearing the Scapular, Pray for us! St. Joseph, Friend of the Sacred Heart, Pray for us! St. Joseph, Chaste Spouse of Mary, Pray for us! St. Joseph, Our Patron, Pray for us! O sweet Heart of Mary, Be our salvation! Amen.
Procedure for and Investiture
P: Show us, O Lord, They mercy. R: And grant us Thy salvation. P: Lord hear my prayer. R: and let my cry come unto Thee. P: The Lord be with you. R: And with your spirit. P: Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, sanctify by They power these scapulars, which for love of Thee and for love of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Thy servants will wear devotedly, so that through the intercession of the same Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and protected against the evil spirits, they persevere until death in Thy grace, Thou who liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen. The Priest does the Aspersion and invests the person, saying: P: Receive this blessed scapular and beseech the Blessed Virgin that through Her merits, you may wear it without stain. May it defend you against all adversity and accompany you to eternal life. Amen. After investiture the Priest continues with the prayers: P: I, by the power vested in me, admit you to participate in all the spiritual benefits obtained through the mercy of Jesus Christ by the Religious Order of Mount Carmel. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen. May God Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and earth, bless you, He who has deigned to join you to the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel: We beseech Her to crush the head of the ancient serpent so that you may enter into possession of your eternal heritage through Christ our Lord. R: Amen.
The Miraculous Medal Story, and Its Meaning
The Medal of the Immaculate Conception — popularly known as the Miraculous Medal — was designed by the Blessed Virgin herself! No wonder, then that it wins such extraordinary graces for those who wear it and pray for Mary's intercession and help.
The First Apparition
The story begins on the night of July 18-19, 1830. A child (perhaps her guardian angel) awakened Sister (now Saint) Catherine Labouré, a novice in the community of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, and summoned her to the chapel. There she met with the Virgin Mary and spoke with her for several hours. During the conversation Mary said to her, “My child, I am going to give you a mission.”
The Second Apparition
Mary gave her this mission in a vision during evening meditation on November 27, 1830. She saw Mary standing on what seemed to be half a globe and holding a golden globe in her hands as if offering it to heaven. On the globe was the word “France,” and our Lady explained that the globe represented the whole world, but especially France. The times were difficult in France then, especially for the poor who were unemployed and often refugees from the many wars of the time. France was first to experience many of those troubles which ultimately reached many other parts of the world and are even present today. Streaming from rings Mary's fingers as she held the globe were many rays of light. Mary explained that the rays symbolize the graces she obtains for those who ask for them. However, some of the gems on the rings were dark, and Mary explained that the rays and graces were available but did not come because no one had asked for them.
The Third Apparition and the Miraculous Medal
The vision then changed to show our Lady standing on a globe with her arms now outstretched and with the dazzling rays of light still streaming from her fingers. Framing the figure was an inscription: O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
The Meaning of the Front Side of the Miraculous Medal
Mary is standing upon a globe, crushing the head of a serpent beneath her foot. She stands upon the globe, as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. Her feet crush the serpent to proclaim Satan and all his followers are helpless before her (Gn 3:15). The year of 1830 on the Miraculous Medal is the year the Blessed Mother gave the design of the Miraculous Medal to Saint Catherine Labouré. The reference to Mary conceived without sin supports the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary—not to be confused with the virgin birth of Jesus, and referring to Mary's sinlessness, “full of grace” and “blessed among women” (Luke 1:28)—that was proclaimed 24 years later in 1854. The vision turned and showed the design of the reverse side of the medal. Twelve stars encircled a large "M" from which arose a cross. Below are two hearts with flames arising from them. One heart is encircled in thorns and the other is pierced by a sword.
The Meaning of the Back Side of the Miraculous Medal
The twelve stars can refer to the Apostles, who represent the entire Church as it surrounds Mary. They also recall the vision of Saint John, writer of the Book of Revelation (12:1), in which “a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars.” The cross can symbolize Christ and our redemption, with the bar under the cross a sign of the earth. The “M” stands for Mary, and the interleaving of her initial and the cross shows Mary’s close involvement with Jesus and our world. In this we see Mary’s part in our salvation and her role as mother of the Church. The two hearts represent the love of Jesus and Mary for us. (See also Lk 2:35). Then Mary spoke to Catherine: “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.” Catherine explained the entire series of apparitions to her confessor, and she worked through him to carry out Mary’s instructions. She did not reveal that she received the Medal until soon before her death 47 years later.
With approval of the Church, the first Medals were made in 1832 and were distributed in Paris. Almost immediately the blessings that Mary had promised began to shower down on those who wore her Medal. The devotion spread like wildfire. Marvels of grace and health, peace and prosperity, following in its wake. Before long people were calling it the “Miraculous” Medal. And in 1836, a Canonical inquiry undertaken at Paris declared the apparitions to be genuine.
There is no superstition, nothing of magic, connected with the Miraculous Medal. The Miraculous Medal is not a “good-luck charm”. Rather, it is a great testimony to faith and the power of trusting prayer. Its greatest miracles are those of patience, forgiveness, repentance, and faith. God uses a Medal, not as a sacrament, but as an agent, an instrument, in bringing to pass certain marvelous results. “The weak things of this earth hath God chosen to confound the strong.”
When our Blessed Mother gave the design of the medal to Saint Catherine Labouré she said, “Now it must be given to the whole world and to every person.”
The Miraculous Medal was given in a vision to St. Catherine on November 27, 1830 and was canonized by Pope Pius XII on July 27, 1947. The medal has lived up to its promise from Our Blessed Mother Mary; who said “Behold the symbol of graces I shed upon those who ask me for them. If you are in need of special help from Our Lord them please obtain the miraculous medal a ask Our Blessed Mother for help and watch your life change for the better.
Act of Consecration to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
O Virgin Mother of God, May Immaculate, we dedicate and consecrate ourselves to you under the title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. May this Medal be for each one of us a sure sign of your affection for us and constant reminder of our duties towards you. Ever while wearing it, may we be blessed by your loving protection and preserved in the grace of your Son. ￼O most Powerful Virgin, Mother of our Saviour, keep us close to you every moment of our lives. Obtain for us, your children, the grace of a happy death; so that , in union with you , we may enjoy the bless of heaven forever. Amen. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. (3X)
Indulgences have been granted by His Holiness, Pope Pius X., to the Pius Union of the Pardon Crucifix, the aim of which is to obtain pardon of God and to pardon one’s neighbor. ￼
The Prefect of the sacred congregation of indulgence to the faithful, who devoutly kiss this Crucifix gain these precious Indulgences, we recommend to have in view the following intentions: To testify love for Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin; gratitude towards our Holy Father, the Pope, to beg for the remission of one’s sins; the deliverance of souls in purgatory; the return of the nations to the Faith; forgiveness among Christians; reconciliation among members of the Catholic Church. By another Pontifical Rescript of November 14, 1905, His Holiness Pope Pius X, has declared that the Indulgence attached to the Pardon Crucifix are applicable to the souls of purgatory. Please make note that when you get your Pardon Crucifix it still needs the blessing of a priest, with the sign of the Cross, to secure to it all the Indulgences mentioned on this leaflet.
Promises of the Pardon Crucifix
Whoever carries on his person the Pardon Crucifix, may thereby gain an Indulgence. For devoutly kissing the Crucifix, an Indulgence is gained. Whoever says on of the following invocation before this crucifix may gain each time an Indulgence: “Our Father... and I beg the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray to the Lord our God for me:. Whoever, habitually devout to this Crucifix, will fulfill the necessary conditions of Confessions and Holy Communion, may gain a Plenary Indulgence on the following feasts.: On the feasts of the Five Wounds of Our Lord, the Invention of the Holy Cross, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Immaculate Conception, and the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin. Whoever at the moment of death, fortified with the Sacraments of the Church, or contrite of heart, in the supposition of being unable to receive them, will kiss this Crucifix and ask pardon of God of his sins, and pardon his neighbor, will gain Plenary Indulgence.
Here is a good prayer to say if you wear the Pardon Crucifix
Pardon Prayer to Sweet Jesus in His Sufferings
O my good Jesus, my dear Saviour, I compassionate Thee in Thy sufferings. I fervently bless Thee and thank Thee for all Thou hast done and suffered for me; give me grace to weep over the sins and the ingratitude which caused Thy dreadful agony. Sweet Jesus, mercy! Pardon me, O Lord, for my past indifference to Thy love. Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, set our hearts on fire with love of Thee. May those bonds which confined Thy hands burst the fetters of my sins, and restore me to the sweet liberty of Thy children! I cast myself at Thy Sacred feet, O my King and my God; and since Thou hast undergone the humiliation of allowing Thyself to be bound by Thy creatures, may I place my happiness in sharing Thy humiliations, and carrying Thy Cross.
St. Benedict's medal
This medal is very powerful, you should wear one at all times. St. Benedict was poisioned many times and miraculously he was either spared or healed.
A Franciscan named Father Dominic Szymanski (a one time companion of St. Maximillian Kolbe) was working with a Benedictine priest, when Fr. Dominic asked the Benedictine if he was wearing the medal of St, Benedict. The Benedictine responded, "Yes, I am." Father Szymanski told him that he saw the devil in the form of a blue light going around him in circles, and that the evil spirit was unable to touch him because he was wearing the medal.
Blessing Of The Medal Of St Benedict
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord R. Who made heaven and earth.
In the name of God the Father + Almighty, who made heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, I exorcise these medals against the power and attacks of the evil one. May all who use these medals devoutly be blessed with health or soul and body. In the name of the Father + Almighty, of his Son + Jesus Christ our Lord, and of the Holy + Spirit the paraclete, and in the love of the same Lord Jesus Christ who will come on the last day to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire. R. AMEN
Let us pray. Almighty God, the boundless source of all good things, we humbly, ask that, through the intercession of St. Benedict, you pour out your blessings + upon these medals. May those who use them devoutly and earnestly strive to perform good works, be blessed by you with health of soul and the help of your merciful love, resist the temptations of the evil one and strive to exercise true charity and justice toward all, so that one day they may appear sinless and holy in your sight. This we ask through Christ our Lord. R. AMEN
It is not commonly known that the use of blessed olive oil is very powerful in Exorcism, if you say the St. Michael Prayer, (the long one) I recommend getting as many Sacramentals as you can first, such as: Holy Water, Holy Salt, Holy blessed incense, and blessed candles.
Three Days of Darkness
￼Many Saints of our church have been told by Jesus about the three days of darkness that are coming to earth. Among the Saints that have been told by Our Lord about this time is Padre Pio. On January 28, 1950 One warning he received was, "keep your windows well covered and do not look out of them as these thing are occurring and keep a blessed candle which will suffice for many days. Pray the rosary and read spiritual books. Make Spiritual Communions, and also acts of love, which are so pleasing to Us, and pray with outstretched arms, or prostrate on the ground, in order that many souls may be saved. Do not go outside your house. Provide yourself with sufficient food. The powers of nature will be moved and rain of fire shall make people tremble with fear. Have courage, I am in the midst of you.”
(from the above I advise that you have at least 3 days worth of food in your home and water too. And at least 50% beeswax candle. 100% beeswax is even better but if you cannot afford it 50% is okay. I am sure God will make it burn longer if needed but try to get a three day candle anyway. Also cover your windows and your skylights in the roof also if you can safely. Don’t forget at least three days of food for your pets also. Do not even open your doors during the three days, if you have dogs let them go to the bathroom inside also, just clean it up quickly so no-one gets ill. The message to St. Padre Pio was, he who steps outside will perish. This will happen during a very cold night. The wind will roar. Thunderbolts will be heard. Lock all the doors and windows and talk to no-one outside your house and kneel before you crucifix and pray, be sorry for your sins and ask Mother Mary’s protection. The wind will carry with it poison, so don’t go outside and don’t open your windows.)
The Last Days
Weather you realize it or not we are in the Last Days and you need to get a pure beeswax candle (preferably a few) ready now for the Three Days of Darkness. You should also make sure that you have coverings for all your windows on your windows now. You need to make sure you and your family have and wear continually the Brown Scapular. Another very powerful sacramental is the St. Benedict Medal, put one in each entry into your home i.e.. all your doors and windows and preferably in all the four corners of your property. Also get inexpensive lightweight (preferably wooden) crucifix for each doorway to your home and affix a crucifix to each doorway. Do all this now, you will be glad you did.