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Rite for the Blessing

Rite for the Blessing of and Enrolment in the Scapularof the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel
1. The blessing of and enrolment in the Scapular of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel should preferably take place within a community celebration.
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A Sign of Christian Faith and Commitment
Signs in Ordinary Human Life
The world in which we live is full of material things which have symbolic meaning: light, fire, water.....
There are also, in every day life, experiences of relationships between human beings, express and symbolize deeper meanings such as sharing a meal (as a sign of friendship), taking part in a protest march (as a sign of solidarity), joining together in a national celebration (as a sign of our identity).
Brown Scapular

"The scapular is a sign of Mary’s permanent and constant motherly love for Carmelite brothers and sisters. By their devotion to the scapular, faithful to a tradition in the Order, especially since the 16th century, Carmelites express the loving closeness of Mary to the people of God; it is a sign of consecration to Mary, a means of uniting the faithful to the Order, and an effective and popular means of evangelisation." (Carmelite Constitutions No. 27)

With Mary the Mother of Jesus

Letter of
the Superiors General
on the occasion of the
750th Anniversary of the Carmelite Scapular


(Acts 1,14)

Our Lady in the life of Carmel

Message of Pope John Paul II to the Carmelite Family on the 750th Anniversary of the Bestowal of the Scapular

To the Most Reverend Fathers 
Joseph Chalmers,
Prior General of the Order of Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (O.Carm.)
Camilo Maccise,
Superior General of the Order of Discalced Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (O.C.D.) 

1. The providential event of grace, which the Jubilee Year has been for the Church, prompts her to look with trust and hope to the journey we have just begun in the new millennium. "At the beginning of this new century",



As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."