Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and as you may recall, tradition holds that Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock in 1251 A.D., an English Carmelite friar and gave him the Scapular, with a promise that those who wear this will never suffer eternal fire. From this derived the devotion to the brown Scapular, the cloth that many wear faithfully.  If you are not enrolled, you are encouraged to contact your parish priest to be enrolled.

Mass & the Sabbatine Privilege

Tonight St. Thomas Aquinas parish will offer a 7pm High Mass for this feast day.  As custom, Fisheaters has a good write up on the scapular and the Sabbatine Privilege which accompanies those who wear it faithfully: https://www.fisheaters.com/scapulars.html

The Sabbatine Privilege is the promise that Our Lady will intercede and pray for those in Purgatory who, in earthly life:

  • wore the Scapular in good faith;
  • were chaste according to their state in life;
  • daily recited the Divine Office or, with the permission of one’s Confessor, the Little Office of Our Lady [a shorter form of the Divine Office in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, used by certain religious orders and laity. It is similar to the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Roman Breviary] or the Rosary; (most lay people opt for the Rosary) and
  • departed earthly life in charity.

Our Lady also promised to free those souls in purgatory on the Saturday after their death who wore the Scapular.

Today we often hear of advice on how to keep the body safe, yet as Fr. Reid has noted in sermons over the past few months we should be concerned about how to keep the soul safe. Perhaps the question to ask today is: Are you wearing a scapular? If not, why not?

Support Carmelite Hermits

Lastly, since today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, we wanted to share an opportunity to support our friends, the Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, a traditional Carmelite community.  Some of you may recall meeting the Hermits when they visited in 2017.  They are a group of Carmelite hermits based in Fairfield, PA.   Please offer a prayer for the Hermits on their feast day. Additionally, they subsist solely on donations and are always grateful for any financial support: https://www.eremitaednmc.org/