The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

“Our Lady of Mount Carmel” is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as Patroness of the Carmelite Orders; and the “Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, also known as the Brown Scapular”, is a habit of the Carmelite Orders. In its small form, it is widely popular within the Catholic Church as a religious article and has probably served as a prototype of all the other devotional Scapulars. The Liturgical Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16th, is popularly associated with the devotion.

As we witness to the celebrations, its important to add that the Brown Cloth Scapular is a very special devotion to Mary. It is a garment or uniform for Mary’s soldiers. It is a sign and pledge of the protection of the Mother of God. It is a sign of Consecration to the Immaculate Conception. It is a sign of honor and love for our Heavenly Queen and Mother. It is a sign of trust that Mary will give what she has promised, and more strikingly, it is a silent prayer.

The privileges of the Brown Cloth Scapular

When you are enrolled in the Brown Cloth Scapular, Our Lady becomes your Mother in a special way. The Scapular with which she clothes you, reminds you of your dependence upon her. Childlike simplicity is one of the silent lessons it teaches. As long as we wear it, we shall be reminded that we are in a spiritual state in which we need to be clothed by our Blessed Mother and it will keep us in her arms always.

It is the promise piously to be believed, that the Blessed Virgin Mary gave to Pope John XXII in a vision, that She will deliver Her faithful children who have worn the Scapular devoutly from purgatory soon after their death, notably the first Saturday after death. “As a tender Mother, I will descend into purgatory on the Saturday after their death, and will deliver them into the heavenly mansions of life everlasting.” (Words of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Pope John XXII). This Sabbatine Privilege was promulgated and taught through the famous Bull Sacratissimo Uti Culmine (Sabbatine Bull) of Pope John XXII in 1322 and given definitive ratification in 1908 by the Holy See.

Requirements for obtaining the Sabbatine Privilege

  1. To wear the Brown Scapular continuously.
  2. To observe chastity according to one’s state in life.
  3. The daily recitation of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary OR to abstain from meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays OR with the permission of a priest say 5 decades of the Holy Rosary.

Conclusion

The officers of the Senatus, and the entire membership of the Senatus of Uganda wish you joyful celebrations and good company with Our Lady of Mount Carmel on her Feast Day, 16th July. We also urge you to embrace the habit of the Brown Scapular. For Councils that have never vested the members, kindly inform the Senatus officers so that an arrangement can be made. God bless the Legion of Mary and all its members.