The Virgin of Mount Carmel (called "Carmen" in Spanish and "Carmo" in
Portugeuese) is a particular apparition of the Mother of jesus
who is the Patron Saint of
a form of Catholic devotion called the wearing of the scapular.
Images of Our Lady of Mount Carmel always show her dressed in
brown and tan, wearing a flat crown, and holding the Infant Jesus.
Both she and the Infant hold scapulars in their hands.
of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The word scapular comes from the Latin "scapula" which means "shoulder blade."
It is a necklace that hangs down both in front and in back, with a small, flat
rectangular pendant at each end. It is usually kept under
the clothing in an inconspicuous manner. Traditionally, the scapular is made of
brown woolen cloth of the type worn by the Carmelite order of nuns, but
in folk-Catholic practice, scapulars can be made of white or other colour cloth, vinyl,
leather, or -- as with the Brazilian scapular shown here, two clear hard plastic cases
in which are inserted holy prints and small pieces of brown cloth.
Although orthodox Catholics will tell you that the scapular is "not a magical
charm or talisman," like many amulets of a religious nature, it does seem to
present the sainted Mary as a
religious bringer of luck. Specifically, it is said that
all those who die while wearing the blessed scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
will be saved from the fires of Hell, no matter whow great their sins.
According to Pope John XXII, Mary personally told him this with respect to
people who wear the scapular: "I, the Mother of Grace,
shall descend on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever I shall find in Purgatory, I
shall free, so that I may lead them to the holy mountain of Iife everlasting."
A popular Catholic holy card depicts this scene. It shows
Our Lady of Mount Carmel holding the Infant Jesus
and accompanied by a troup of angels who are pulling people from the flames of Hell.
The scapular shown here was made in Brazil and is cello-wrapped with a color brochure
written in Portuguese. The brochure is titled "The Scapular of Our Lady of Carmel:
What It Is, Its Origin, and its Significance." Included is a history of the scapular
and a prayer to the Virgin Mary. The two prints shown are Jesus and Our Lady of
Mount Carmel. The hanging cords vary, being brown, white, and black.
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