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Scapular Novena in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Each day, for nine days you petition Our Blessed Lady for all your special needs. It is a time of prayer and reflection that will bring you closer to the heart of Jesus her Son.

The prayer Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel) was composed in the thirteenth century, supposedly by St. Simon Stock in answer to which he received the Scapular from Our Blessed Mother.

First Day
O Flower of Carmel, blossoming vine, splendour of heaven, most special virgin and humble mother who gave birth to the Son of God, still ever remaining a virgin, look with favour on us in our need. O Star of the Sea.
(Mention Petitions)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Second Day
Most Holy Mary, Our Mother, in your great love for us you gave us the holy Scapular of Mount Carmel in response to the prayers of your Carmelite Children. Help us now to wear it faithfully and with devotion. May it be a sign to us of our love for your Son, Jesus.
(Mention Petitions)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Third Day
O Mary, Chosen daughter of the Father, you gave us the Scapular as an outward sign by which we might be known as your faithful children. May we always wear it with honour by avoiding sin and imitating your virtues. Help us to be faithful to this desire of ours.
(Mention Petitions)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Fourth Day
O Mary, Joy of the new Israel, when you gave us the Scapular as our habit, you called us to be not only servants, but also your own children. We ask you to gain for us from your Son the grace to live as your children in joy, peace and love.
(Mention Petitions)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Fifth Day
O Mother of Fair Love, through your goodness we are called, as your children to live in the spirit of Carmel. Help us to live in charity with one another, prayerful as Elijah of old and mindful of our call to minister to God’s people.
(Mention Petitions)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Sixth Day
O Mother most Amiable, with loving care you covered us with your Scapular as a shield of defence against the Evil One. Through your assistance may we bravely struggle and overcome the powers of evil, always open to your Son Jesus Christ.
(Mention Petitions)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Seventh Day
O Mary, Help of Christians, you assured us that wearing your Scapular worthily would keep us safe from harm. Protect us in both body and soul with your continual aid. May all that we do be pleasing to your Son and to you.
(Mention Petitions)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Eight Day
O Mother of Mercy, you give us hope that through your Scapular promise we might enjoy your special protection in the daily struggle to be faithful to your Son and to you. Be our comfort and our hope. Grant that we may speedily enjoy after death the blessed company of Jesus and the saints.
(Mention Petitions)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Ninth Day
O Most Holy Mother of Mount Carmel, you have given assurance of your Motherly love and help to those faithful to you and to your Son. We glory in wearing your holy Scapular which makes us members of your family of Carmel, through which we shall have your powerful protection in life, at death and even after death.
(Mention Petitions)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

O Gate of Heaven, look down with love
on all those now in their last agony.
O Virgin Flower of Carmel, look down graciously
on all those in need of health.
O Mother of our Saviour, look down mercifully
on all those who do not know that
they are numbered among your children.
O Queen of All Saints, look down tenderly
on the poor souls.

The Brown Scapular
Wearing the Brown Scapular promises the wearer a share in the prayers and good works of the entire Carmelite Family. It is a privileged sign of affiliation to the Carmelite Order and is a highly endowed sacramental.

A sign of dedication to Mary, it reminds us to walk in her footsteps in the following of her Son.
Tradition tells us that Our Lady appeared to St Simon Stock at Aylesford in England in 1251, when he was praying for the survival of the Carmelites in a troubled Europe of the time. She was holding out to him the Scapular.

The Brown Scapular as well as the Rosary is also linked to the appearance of Our Lady to the three children at Fatima. Her final appearance on the 13th October 1917 was as Our Lady of Mount Carmel with the Scapular.

The Brown Scapular is not

  • a magical charm to protect you
  • an automatic guarantee of salvation
  • an excuse for not living up to the demands of the Christian life.

The Brown Scapular is a sign which

  • has been approved by the Church for over seven centuries
  • introduces people into the Carmelite Family
  • calls on us to live out the ideal of this religious family: intimate friendship with God in prayer
  • fosters our special devotion to the Blessed Virgin
  • points to a renewed hope of encountering God in eternal life with the help of Mary’s protection and intercession.

Prayer to our Lady of Mount Carmel
O most blessed and immaculate Virgin,
ornament and splendour of Carmel,
you regard with an eye of special kindness
those who wear your blessed habit.
Look down benignly upon me and cover me
with the mantle of your special protection.
Strengthen my weakness with your power;
enlighten the darkness of my mind with your wisdom;
increase in me faith, hope and charity;
adorn my soul with such graces and blessings
as will ever be pleasing to your divine Son and to you.
Assist me in life and console me in death
with your most amiable presence and
present me to the most august Trinity
as your devoted servant and child
that I may eternally bless and praise you in heaven.
Amen.

(Courtesy of the Carmelite Order, Gort Muire, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.)