[vc_row equal_height=”” shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″][vc_column][vc_column_text]Friday, July 16, 2021, is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Mass time noted at the bottom of this post.
This devotion to Our Lady is traced to the Carmelite Order. As Wikipedia recalls:
The first Carmelites were Christian hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early to mid-13th century. They built in the midst of their hermitages a chapel which they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, whom they conceived of in chivalric terms as the “Lady of the place.”
In November of 1996, (the good ole days?) the Congregation for Divine Worship and for the Discipline of the Sacraments authored a document and said the following:
Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is bound to the history and spiritual values of the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel and is expressed through the scapular. Thus, whoever receives the scapular becomes a member of the order and pledges him/herself to live according to its spirituality in accordance with the characteristics of his/her state in life.
The brown scapular is among the most historical and traditional sacramentals in Catholic devotion. It has found its place in the first communion ceremony of many children.
The brown scapular is a sacramental and devotion to Our Lady. And that comes with all of the usual conditions: pray the rosary; practice chastity; practice humility; in short, imitate the Mother of God. Get enrolled in the scapular and wear it as a reminder and outward sign of your Catholic Faith.
4423 Pearl Rd Cleveland OH – Mary Queen of Peace
Latin High Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Investiture in the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular following the Mass. Scapulars will be available for a small donation.