Devotions for the Brown Scapular of Carmel


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Morning

As soon as you awake, give your thoughts to God and say,

“In the holy name of Jesus, I begin this day.”

While dressing, thank God for having protected and preserved you during your rest. Make it a habit in life to say your morning and evening prayers.

Thank You, most Gracious Lord, for having protected and preserved me during my rest.

Each morning, pray the Fatima Morning Offering, kissing your Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The pious devotion of kissing the Brown Scapular imparts to you 500 days indulgence each time.

O my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary (here kiss the Brown Scapular), I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, joining with it my every thought, word and action of this day.

O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can, and I offer them, together with myself, to Mary Immaculate, that she may best apply them to the interests of Thy Most Sacred Heart.

Precious Blood of Jesus, save us!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! Amen.


Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.

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Prior to the Council, it was customary, in addition to the grouping of the Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity, for the Act of Contrition to be conveyed in the same group, a practice which might be anticipated to be restored at some time in the future.

 Faith is the virtue by which we firmly believe all the truths God has revealed, on the word of God revealing them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. (John 20:29) 

Act of Faith.

I believe that there is one God, and that in this one God there are three persons. That the Son of God was made man for us, that He died upon the cross, rose again from the dead and ascended into heaven. I believe that the Son of God will come again at the Last Day, and call all men to judgment. I believe this because Christ is the Son of God and therefore can neither deceive nor be deceived; and because He has confirmed His teaching by many miracles. Moreover I believe whatever the Catholic Church by Christ’s authority proposes to us to be believed; I believe it because the Catholic Church is guided and defended against error by the Holy Spirit; and because even down to the present day God corroborates by miracles the truths which the Catholic Church teaches. O God, increase my faith.

Fr. Jeremiah Williams Cummings (1814-1866)
Songs for Catholic Schools and Aids to Memory for the Catechism (1860), p. 107
Sir Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
Amberley

Great God! Whatever through Thy Church
Thou teachest to be true,
I firmly do believe it all,
And shall confess it too.
Thou never canst deceived be,
Thou never canst deceive,
For Thou art truth itself, and Thou
Dost tell me to believe.

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Act of Faith
 

Holy Face Hymnal
Sisters of Mercy (Providence, R.I.), 1891

My God! most firmly I believe what e’er Thou teachest me;
The voice of Holy Church is Thine, Her spirit rests in Thee.
The world and creatures may deceive, but Thou wilt constant be;
For Thou the source of truth and light art from eternity.

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The Rood
 Hope is the virtue by which we firmly trust that God, who is all-powerful and faithful to His promises, will in His mercy give us eternal happiness and the means to obtain it. (Romans 8:24-25) 

Act of Hope.

O my God, I hope that after death Thou wilt admit me to everlasting happiness, and that Thou wilt give me here such means as are essential to the attainment of that happiness. I trust that Thou wilt grant me for this end the grace of the Holy Spirit, such temporal good things as are necessary to me, pardon of sin, help in time of need, and a gracious answer to my petitions. I hope this, because Thou, Who art almighty and all-bountiful and ever-faithful to Thy promises, hast promised these things to me, and because Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour, has merited them for me by His cruel death upon the cross. O God, increase my hope.

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Fr. Jeremiah Williams Cummings (1814-1866)
Songs for Catholic Schools and Aids to Memory for the Catechism (1860), p. 108
Philip James (1890-1975)
Tregaron

My God! I firmly hope in Thee,
For Thou art great and good,
And gavest us Thine only Son,
To die upon the rood.
I hope through him for grace to live
As Thy commandments teach,
And through Thy mercy when I die,
The joys of heaven to reach.


Act of Hope
 

Holy Face Hymnal
Sisters of Mercy (Providence, R.I.), 1891

My God! relying on Thy love I firmly hope in Thee;
I trust Thy mercy and Thy grace, in heaven Thy face to see;
My God! in Thee alone I hope for grace to persevere;
Then through our Saviour’s Precious Blood
to rest in heaven’s sphere.

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 Charity is the virtue by which we love God above all things for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. (1st Corinthians 13:1-2) 

Act of Charity.

My God, I love Thee with my whole heart, and above all things, because Thou art supreme beauty and perfection, because Thou art my greatest benefactor and Thy love for me is infinite. I will, therefore, think of Thee in all my actions; I will avoid even the slightest sins; I will give thanks to Thee for all Thy benefits and for all Thou givest me to suffer, and I will love my neighbor because he is Thy child and made after Thy image. O God, increase my charity.

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Fr. Jeremiah Williams Cummings (1814-1866)
Songs for Catholic Schools and Aids to Memory for the Catechism (1860), p. 108
Arnold G.H. Bode (1866-1952)
Laramie

With all my heart, and soul, and strength,
I love Thee, O my Lord,
For Thou art perfect, and all things,
Were made by Thy blest Word.
Like me to Thine own image made,
My neighbor Thou didst make,
And as I love myself, I love,
My neighbor for Thy sake.

Act of Charity
 

Holy Face Hymnal
Sisters of Mercy (Providence, R.I.), 1891

I love Thee, Lord, with all my heart, with all my strength and will;
For Thou alone all perfect art, None else my soul can fill.
My neighbour for Thy sake I love; Thine image I can see.
In all Thy children dearest Lord, Oh, make us more like Thee.

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 Contrition, or sorrow for sin, is a hatred of sin and a true grief of the soul for having offended God, with a firm purpose of sinning no more. (I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” -Isaiah 57:15

The Act of Contrition – Oh, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

Act of Contrition.
Fr. Jeremiah Williams Cummings (1814-1866)
Songs for Catholic Schools
and Aids to Memory for the Catechism
New York: P. O’Shea. 1860. Pp. 109110
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Third Mode Melody

My holy God! my very soul,
With grief sincere is moved,
Because I have offended Thee,
Whom I should e’er have loved.
Forgive me, Father! I am now,
Resolved to sin no more,
And by Thy holy grace to shun,
What made me sin before.

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Act of Contrition
Holy Face Hymnal
Sisters of Mercy (Providence, R.I.), 1891
My God! my Father, I have sinned, Turn not Thy face away
For with repentant tears I’ve filled my feeble heart of clay.
Forgive me Father! by Thy grace; I’ll never more offend;
Oh, help me dearest Lord to be most faithful to the end.

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Noontide

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ANGELUS (Latin)

V. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae.
R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto. Ave Maria, gratia plena; Dominus tecum: benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus. *(Bow head)

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V. Ecce ancilla Domini,
R. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

Ave Maria, gratia plena; Dominus tecum: benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus. *

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

(Genuflect) V. Et Verbum caro factum est,
R. Et habitavit in nobis.

Ave Maria, gratia plena; Dominus tecum: benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus. *

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix,
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus.

Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde; ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem eius et crucem ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum.

R. Amen.

ANGELUS (English)

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with Thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. *(Bow head)

Holy Mary, Mother of God, prayer for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
R. Be it done to me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with Thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. *

Holy Mary, Mother of God, prayer for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

(Genuflect) V. And the Word was made flesh,
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with Thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. *

Holy Mary, Mother of God, prayer for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of the Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.


Pray the Regina Coeli at Noon from Holy Saturday, to the Saturday after Pentecost.

Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For He whom you merited to bear, alleluia.
Has risen, as He said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Oremus. Let us pray.
Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi,
mundum lætificare dignatus es:
præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genitricem Virginem Mariam,
perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ.
O God, who through the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
gave rejoicing to the world,
grant, we pray, that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joy of everlasting life.
Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen. Amen.

Evening

Before sleep, it is good for the spiritual life to kneel down and pray at least a short night prayer. Make the Sign of the Cross, invoking the Holy Trinity:

“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

Examine your conscience and make an act of perfect contrition. Then, at your discretion, pray any one or all of the following prayers.

Prayer of Praise

Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity, now and forevermore. Amen.

Prayer of Adoration, Thanksgiving and Contrition

O almighty and eternal God, in the presence of Thy divine Majesty, I humbly adore Thee and thank Thee for all Thy blessings. Grant me the grace to know how I have offended Thee, and to be truly sorry for my sins.

Prayer for Daily Neglects
  • Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, all its sufferings and all its merits.–To expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  • Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, all its sufferings and all its merits.–To purify the good I have done poorly this day and during all my life.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  • Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, all its sufferings and all its merits.–To supply for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected this day and all my life.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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The Dwelling of the Blessed Trinity within Us

This is what God’s Coming in grace means–a soul in the state of grace is the host of the Blessed Trinity, neither more nor less. “We will come to him and will make our abode with him,” (John 14:23) and from the moment that grace enters, the soul becomes the abode of God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Ghost.

It was at the moment of Baptism that our souls were raised to the dignity of being hosts of God Himself. What happened then? God added to the natural gifts with which He had endowed man supernatural ones, summed up in the gift of grace. What is that? A participation in His own life, something which makes us “partakers of the Divine nature” (2nd Peter 1:4, “…he hath given us most great and precious promises: that by these you may be made partakers of the divine nature: flying the corruption of that concupiscence which is in the world.”). He created man thus in the beginning, for He meant man always to possess supernatural as well as natural gifts. He meant always to live with man and talk and walk with him in the paradise of his soul; but Adam chased out the Divine Guest and lost this miraculous privilege for all his children. God, however, could not rest content to be outside, the souls which He had created solely that He might live in them, and He devised a way (the first coming of Christ) by which He might get back to the dwelling which He cherished so much. We need not follow the beautiful story of the Redemption through all its wondrous steps, we know it well enough; we will take it up at Baptism, when the divine gift of life which Adam lost was restored to the soul, when God came back to His chosen dwelling, and the soul regained its responsible position of host to the Blessed Trinity. When Satan had noticed that the soul was left exposed, that it was a human soul only, with nothing divine about it, he naturally had taken possession, as he does of all empty houses (see Mt 12: 44-45 – “And when an unclean spirit is gone out of a man he walketh through dry places seeking rest, and findeth none. [44] Then he saith: I will return into my house from whence I came out. And coming he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. [45] Then he goeth, and taketh with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is made worse than the first.”); so at Baptism the Priest said: “Depart from him, thou unclean spirit, and give place to the Holy Ghost.” Where the Holy Ghost is, there are also the Father and the Son. The Blessed Trinity, then waits to take possession of each soul, waits to come back to Its own, waits to restore the privilege that man had at the beginning.

Thus the new creation takes place, and the soul is no longer a human soul only, but divine, for the Divine Life within has made it one with Itself. Does man realize this privilege and rise to it? No! For the greater part of Christians we are obliged to say: No. As soon as they come to years of discretion, they invite back the unclean sprit and chase out their Divine Guest. What base ingratitude! And what folly! What base ingratitude! And what folly! But God, Who is rich in mercy is not repelled by such conduct; His one thought is to go back to His Temple which has been so profaned, and the scheme of Redemption included a method (the Sacrament of Penance), whereby, if man would, he could drive out the devil and invite back the Divine Guest. Is God angry? Does He upbraid! Does He allude to the past and throw doubts on the future? No, He loves, and all He asks in return is love. Such is our Guest!
I often talk about recalling the Presence of God, but it is in His Presence within me that I have to recall. I make Acts of Contrition, of Love, to Whom? To the God within me.
Now what is my side of this great question? I am, or if I am not, I can be, a Temple of God. God is living within me. How much do I think about it? I often talk about recalling the Presence of God, but it is in His Presence within me that I have to recall. I make Acts of Contrition, of Love, to Whom? To the God within me. Do not let me forget that my heart is an altar where I can, whenever I will, adore God. He is there to walk with me and talk to me as He did to Adam of old. He wants me to live side by side with Him, and talk to Him as naturally as I do to my friend.

Let me try this Advent, as one of the best ways of preparing for the Coming of Christ at Christmas, and for His coming in judgment, to realize what the supernatural life means, what God in me means, what it means to be the host always of God Himself. The realization will transform my life, will alter my point of view, will change me from a mediocre Christian into one who is filled with a great idea and who is occupied with it every moment of his time–an idea which is ever stimulating to him to aim higher. God in me–then I am never alone, my life is intimately bound up with God’s life. I am a partaker of His nature. O my God, forgive me for having though of it so little; help me to rise to my great privileges. I thank Thee for letting a few streaks of Thy Divine Light reach my dark soul, and by the time the Sun of Justice has risen in all His splendour this Advent, may my soul be flooded with the new light which the realization of the Divine Presence within it, will surely bring.

Colloquy: with God within me.
Resolution: To realize this truth today, and every day more and more.
Spiritual Bouquet: “We will come to him and make our abode with him.”
– Mother St. Paul (1941)

Prayer to the Most Holy Indwelling Trinity

O my Love, my only Good, Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee, hidden in the depths of my soul. To Thee, to Thine honor and glory, I dedicate my life. May every thought, word and deed of mine be an act of adoration and praise directed towards Thy Divine Majesty enthroned in my heart.

O Father, Infinite Goodness, behold Thy child, clothed in the likeness of Thy Son. Extend to me Thine arms that I may belong to Thee forever.

O Son, Divine Lord, made man, crucify me with Thyself that I may become, in union with Thee, a sacrifice of praise for the glory of Thy Father.

O Holy Spirit, Fire of Everlasting Love, consume me on the altar of Divine Charity, that at the end of life, nothing may remain but that which bears the likeness of Christ.

O Blessed Trinity, worthy of all adoration, I wish to remain in spirit on my knees, to acknowledge forever Thy reign in me and over me, to Thine everlasting glory.

Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the pure heart of St. Joseph, I consecrate my life to Thine adoration and glory.

At the moment of death, receive me, O my Triune Love, that I may continue my adoration of love through all eternity. Amen.


Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.


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Flos Carmeli was used by the Carmelites as the sequence for the Feast of St. Simon Stock, and, since 1663, for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. It also appears in an ancient metrical office of Carmel as an antiphon and responsory. Its composition is ascribed to St. Simon Stock himself (ca 1165 – 1265).

Flos Carmeli,
vitis florigera,
splendor caeli,
virgo puerpera
singularis.
Flower of Carmel,
Tall vine blossom laden;
Splendor of heaven,
Childbearing yet maiden.
None equals thee.
Mater mitis
sed viri nescia
Carmelitis
esto propitia
stella maris.
Mother so tender,
Who no man didst know,
On Carmel’s children
Thy favors bestow.
Star of the Sea.
Radix Iesse
germinans flosculum
nos ad esse
tecum in saeculum
patiaris.
Strong stem of Jesse,
Who bore one bright flower,
Be ever near us
And guard us each hour,
who serve thee here.
Inter spinas
quae crescis lilium
serva puras
mentes fragilium
tutelaris.
Purest of lilies,
That flowers among thorns,
Bring help to the true heart
That in weakness turns
and trusts in thee.
Armatura
fortis pugnantium
furunt bella
tende praesidium
scapularis.
Strongest of armor,
We trust in thy might:
Under thy mantle,
Hard press’d in the fight,
we call to thee.
Per incerta
prudens consilium
per adversa
iuge solatium
largiaris.
Our way uncertain,
Surrounded by foes,
Unfailing counsel
You give to those
who turn to thee.
Mater dulcis
Carmeli domina,
plebem tuam
reple laetitia
qua bearis.
O gentle Mother
Who in Carmel reigns,
Share with your servants
That gladness you gained
and now enjoy.
Paradisi
clavis et ianua,
fac nos duci
quo, Mater, gloria
coronaris. Amen
Hail, Gate of Heaven,
With glory now crowned,
Bring us to safety
Where thy Son is found,
true joy to see.



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Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel
Sr. Miriam of the Holy Spirit
(1905–1988)
Assynt
(1884)
1. Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel,
Whom in ancient prophecy
God revealed to Saint Elijah
By an Oriental sea,
Rise again on God’s creation,
Bring to bloom this arid place
With the white cloud of your beauty
And the rainfall of your grace.
2. Lady of the mystic mountain
Where the Lord has set his throne,
Up its steep ways of the spirit
None can walk save love alone.
Grant us grace to climb Mount Carmel
And to learn that love is loss;
Guide us till our ways outdistance
All earth’s treasures save the Cross.
3. Blessed cloud of God’s protection
And his luminous abode,
Light the pathway of your pilgrims
To the Promised Land of God.
On the mount of contemplation
Be our surety and stay,
In the night a pillar glowing
And a cloud of love by day.
4. Virgin of the Incarnation,
In the mysteries of grace
God has made his habitation
In our soul’s most secret place.
Toward that bright and inner kingdom
All our words and ways compel,
For the Father, Son and Spirit
In its sacred silence dwell.
5. Queen and beauty of Mount Carmel,
Virgin of the solitude,
In the wilderness of Carmel
Lies the world’s eternal good.
Draw us to its deep seclusion
And make God alone our goal
In the mystical Mount Carmel
That lies hidden in the soul.
6. Mother fair above all mothers,
By the Scapular we wear,
By your own Sign of Salvation,
Which our willing shoulders bear,
Shield us from the foes of darkness,
We are prey they seek to win.
Guard us as thy loving children
From the tragedy of sin.

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