Thursday, July 16, 2009

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 16th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and is the principle feast for all who wear the Brown Scapular. The Brown Scapular is an outward sign of the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our sister, mother and queen. It is a symbol of her protection to the Carmelite Order which includes all its members and associates. Anyone who wears the scapular and practices the spirituality of the Carmelite Order has an affiliation to the Carmelite family and shares in the graces traditionally associated with the Brown Scapular.

Some basics of Carmelite spirituality would be:

-frequent participation in Mass and receiving Holy Communion

-reading and meditation on Sacred Scripture

-praying the Liturgy of the Hours, or part of them

-devotion and imitation of Mary the woman of faith who hears the Word of God and puts it into practice

-practicing virtue, particularly charity, chastity (according to one's state of life) and obedience to God's will


  1. Happy Feast Day, Rebecca! Many Blessings to you!

  2. Thanks Julia. Happy Feast Day to you, too! Started out the day with Mass and morning prayer with some Secular Carmelite brothers and sisters and will be gathering together with our families this evening for a BBQ. Blessings indeed!