Brown Scapular Enrollment | July 16 | Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church

Brown Scapular Enrollment | July 16

The brown scapular is a garment of grace; it is about putting on the Lord Jesus Christ, about being conformed to Christ in imitation of his Blessed Mother.

The ceremony of Brown Scapular Enrollment and Blessing will be performed after the 6:45am and 8:30am Masses on Mon., July 16. Please join us – scapulars will be provided.

Fr. Saunders describes the brown scapular this way: 

According to tradition, our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Simon Stock at Cambridge, England on Sunday, July 16, 1251. (In our liturgical year, July 16th is the feast day for Our Lady of Mount Carmel.) She presented him with the scapular and said, “Take, beloved son, this scapular of thy order as a badge of my confraternity and for thee and all Carmelites a special sign of grace; whoever dies in this garment, will not suffer everlasting fire. It is the sign of salvation, a safeguard in dangers, a pledge of peace and of the covenant.” In this apparition and gift, our Blessed Mother promised a special protection for all members of the Carmelite Order, and a special grace at the hour of death to all who wear the scapular so that they would not perish in Hell but would be taken up to Heaven by her on the first Saturday after their death. (Note that the Church does not teach that wearing a scapular is some sure ticket to Heaven; rather, we must strive to be in a state of grace, implore our Lord’s forgiveness and trust in the maternal aid of our Blessed Mother — all positive acts of a person who wears a scapular sincerely.)

Posted on July 10, 2012