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The Brown Scapular

The Brown Scapular is a sign of consecration to Our Lady and her way of life. Through it we enter into a covenant of love and trust with her.

The Scapular finds its roots in the tradition of the Order, which has seen in it a sign of Mary’s motherly protection. It has, therefore, a centuries old spiritual meaning approved by the Church.

  • It stands for a commitment to follow Jesus, like Mary, the perfect model of all the disciples of Christ. This commitment finds its origin in baptism by which we become children of God.
     
  • It leads us into the community of religious men and women, which has existed in the Church for over eight centuries.
     
  • It reminds us of the example of the saints of Carmel, with whom we establish a close bond as brothers and sisters to one another.
     
  • It is an expression of our belief that we will meet God in eternal life aided by the intercession and prayer of Mary.
     
  • It is a sign of Mary’s protection and of belonging to the family of Carmel, voluntarily doing the will of God.

(Rev. 4/27/07)