Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Novena for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

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.


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
Scapular Devotion
Carmelite Devotions
Brown Scapular: Sign of Consecration


  1. +JMJ+

    Thanks for reminding me about the novena, Terry! I would have forgotten otherwise. =)

  2. I am so glad you posted the links! Thank you! I have had it on my heart for some time to do this, but I am always confused about what to do. There seems to be a discrepancy about what you do once you wear the scapular. Some say nothing. Others say that you must do the daily rosary. And others still, say that you must do part of the divine office! I'll check your links and see what I can glean. Thanks again!

  3. KM - I think the rules you refer to are associated with the Sabbatine Privledge - the release from purgatory on the 1st Saturday after one's death, for those dying wearing the scapular. Recitation of the Little Office was one of the requirements but any priest can commute these requirements and one may substitute part or all of the Divine Office, although the most common is to pray the daily Rosary instead. I think the 2nd link should have that information.

    Needless to say, the devout wearing of the scapular gains Our Lady's protection as well, but one should try to be invested and enrolled in the Confraternity to gain all the indulgences.

  4. If I can't make it to a Carmelite monastery, but instead have a Caramel Mocha Latte, do I still get the indulgence? Or am I just satisfying an indulgence?

    All kidding aside - thanks for posting this Terry. Just the thing I need to do to help get back to the straight and narrow path.

  5. I should also mention the sabbatine priv. is disputed these days, as are so many pious beliefs.

  6. Larry - yep!

    Seriously, a person can visit any church where a Carmelite III order is established as well.

  7. Austringer6:23 PM

    Terry, perhaps this is a sign of the poverty of my faith (it does seem to be strained these days), but I never know quite what to make of prayers or novenas that claim "never known to fail".
    I can certainly recall many petitions made that were not answered, or at least answered with the outcome I was praying for. Of course, the answer to that is usually "God answered your prayer - you just didn't like the answer and He knows what's best for you anyway". Very true, I have no doubt. But in that case, then no prayer can ever be said to "fail" -- and if no prayer can ever fail, then there's hardly any point in denoting some as "never known to fail" because that implies that some do.

    It's this sort of thing that my unfortunately secular mindset (faith does not come naturally or easily to me) rails against: my idea of "fail" certainly includes specific prayer requests that were not granted.

  8. I get what you are saying Austringer. It should be that Our Lady never fails us.

  9. Maria8:02 PM


    Thank you so very much for the reminder AND the links!!!. This post is one of a myriad of reasons that I just cherish reading you. Blessings on you...

  10. Austringer8:04 PM

    Terry, thanks for the clarification -- but the same problem remains for me. I'm sure the problem lies with me, as I've never been able to "feel" any particular affection for our Blessed Mother. I'm not at all happy to say that, but it is the truth. I don't know if that's the result of my own childhood, but whatever the reason, I have no idea how to love Our Lady, though intellectually I completely assent to all Marian doctrines of the Church. I try to say the rosary daily, and only occasionally miss. But I don't think I'm capable of that sort of abstract love -- I wish I was, as so many others do take real comfort and peace from their devotion.

    Let me put it this way: what does it really mean to say, "Our Lady never fails us"? What does that look like? If my specific prayer requests are denied, but that counts as "never failing" just as much as if they were granted, then even using the term is pointless, as the word becomes meaningless. I might add that our priest frequently encourages us to make very specific prayer requests of the saints and of Mary: If these specific requests are not in keeping with God's will and they are denied, then I accept that. But it also seems reasonable to say that my prayers failed.

    I'm not trying to be difficult -- and I'm not proud of my struggles.

  11. +JMJ+

    I have similar issues with the "Never known to fail" claim, even as I pray with as much faith and hope as I can. I mean, how can we know that a prayer has never been known to fail? Is there a central office that keeps tabs on these things? There is something in the label that reminds my cynical side of chain letters that boast, "So-and-so made twenty copies of this letter, passed it on, and won the lottery the next day!"

    And yet when I made my own copy of this prayer the other day, I made sure "Never known to fail" was there. There is something about it that my heart totally trusts.


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