This week’s lesson on sacramentals mentions the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In order to wear the scapular and be eligible for its promises, you should be enrolled. This involves a very simple ceremony which only needs to be done once with your first scapular (and doesn’t have to be redone when it wears out and you need a new one), and can be done by any priest who is familiar with the prayers. The words for the blessing are below and are also often packaged with the scapular.
Priest – Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.
Respondent – And grant us Thy salvation.
Priest – Lord, hear my prayer.
Respondent – And let my cry come unto Thee.
Priest – The Lord be with you.
Respondent – And also with you.
Priest – Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, sanctify by Thy power these scapulars, which for love of Thee and for love of Our lady of Mount Carmel, Thy servants will wear devoutly, so that through the intercession of the same Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and protected against the evil spirit, they persevere until death in Thy grace. Thou who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.
THE PRIEST SPRINKLES HOLY WATER AND INVESTS PERSON(S) WHILE SAYING:
Receive this blessed Scapular and beseech the Blessed Virgin that through Her merits, you may wear it without stain. May it defend you against all adversity and accompany you to eternal life. Amen.
AFTER THE INVESTITURE THE PRIEST CONTINUES WITH THE PRAYERS:
I, by the power vested in me, admit you to participate in all the spiritual benefits obtained through the mercy of Jesus Christ by the Religious Order of Mount Carmel.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
May God Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and earth, bless you, He who has deigned to join you to the confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Of Mount Carmel; we beseech Her to crush the head of the ancient serpent so that you my enter into possession of your eternal heritage, through Christ our Lord.
Respondent – Amen.
The first Scapular must be blessed and imposed by a Priest using the (above) formula contained in the Roman ritual for reception into the Confraternity of the Scapular.