The novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel begins today, July 7. Our Lady's feast day is July 16. It is a toties quoties feast, in other words a plenary indulgence may be gained on that day by visiting a Carmelite chapel. Devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is ancient and very much connected to the Prophet Elijah. In later times, the Scapular of Mt. Carmel was given to St. Simon Stock. It is one of the most richly indulgenced sacramentals in the Church and is considered the sign of one's consecration to the Blessed Virgin. I will try to write more on these things as we approach Our Lady's day. In the meantime I will post a few links for those interested is consecrating themselves to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
PETITION PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (NEVER KNOWN TO FAIL)
Oh, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity, Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me here you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech thee from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (say three times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (say three times). Amen.
A Brief Catechism on the Brown Scapular (Official)
Devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Brown Scapular: Sign of Consecration