“Take this Scapular, it shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and a pledge of peace. Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.”
This is Mary’s promise made July 16, 1251 to Saint Simon Stock.
I believe wholeheartedly that the progress I have made in my life against sin has been due to the special intercession of the blessed Mother because of my devotion to wearing the Brown Scapular. When I was in 6th grade I asked a Priest to enroll me for the first time. Since then I have not always wore the Brown Scapular but I believe those times in my life when I did wear Our Lady’s garment (including now) have been the times when I have been effective in the battle against the besetting sins of my life.
To me the Brown Scapular is my uniform and shield in the army of Mary. It is one of the first things I think about while entering into spiritual warfare because I know the Brown Scapular is a scourge to the Evil One and his followers. The Scapular is a sign to Satan that I am being led to Jesus by His Holy Mother. I take courage in this simple reminder of Mary’s most powerful intercession. The Brown Scapular has clothed many Saints. Pope John Paul II told Doctors not to remove his Brown Scapular when they operated on him after being shot. I will not waste time trying explain the Theology behind this sacramental if you are interested a simple google search could assist you. I will however challenge you to try enrolling in and wearing the Brown Scapular. I believe that, after time, you will see what an amazing impact it has on your spiritual life.
Take on the Brown Scapular in this dark age. It will be your badge of courage to fight the battle for our souls.
Below is the enrollment prayer for the Brown Scapular. Why not open yourself up to this amazing grace today.
Procedure for the Blessing and Investiture of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel To be eligible for THE SCAPULAR PROMISE, one must be enrolled in the Family of Carmel.
This is a simple ceremony, which takes only a moment and can be done by any Carmelite or
duly authorized priest. The words used by the priest when enrolling a person in the
Confraternity of the Scapular are as follows:
Priest – Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.
Respondent – And grant us Thy salvation.
Priest – Lord, hear my prayer.
Respondent – And let my cry come unto Thee.
Priest – The Lord be with you.
Respondent – And also with you.
Priest – Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, sanctify by Thy power these scapulars,
which for love of Thee and for love of Our lady of Mount Carmel, Thy servants will wear devoutly,
so that through the intercession of the same Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and protected against
the evil spirit, they persevere until death in Thy grace. Thou who lives and reigns world without
THE PRIEST SPRINKLES HOLY WATER AND INVESTS PERSON(S) WHILE SAYING: 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
AFTER THE INVESTITURE THE PRIEST CONTINUES WITH THE PRAYERS: 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 my enter into possession of your eternal heritage, through
Christ our Lord.
Respondent – Amen.
The first Scapular must be blessed and imposed by a Priest using the (above) formula
contained in the Roman ritual for reception into the Confraternity of the Scapular.
St. Simon Stock pray for us!
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel pray for us!
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.