July 16th is the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, inspiration for the Carmelite order and the origin of the Carmelite scapular. Our Lady appeared to Saint Simon Stock during a period when the Carmelites were heavily persecuted by outside forces and revealed the scapular to him in a vision as a method to help the devout avoid the pains of purgatory. Today is the anniversary of that vision, which occurred in 1251. Today is a day to have your scapular blessed in Mass, or to begin a devotion to Our Lady by wearing the scapular and adhering to its devotions and prayers.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is one of many examples of Our Holy Mother's infinite love for her sinful Earthly children. Time and again, She has interceded to save us from sin and pain, and to offer love and hope where there was none. Have you grown comfortable in your faith, or do you still struggle to deepen your love of God? Have you embraced the gifts of Mary in your life?
Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel (traditional by Saint Simon Stock)
O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee. (3 times)
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (3 times)