Scapular Confraternity


Confraternitas Beatissimae Virginis Mariae de Monte Carmelo
Confraternity of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel

The Confraternity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, more popularly known as the Scapular Confraternity, is the legion of Roman Catholics (clerics, religious, and lay) who have been imposed upon with the Brown Scapular (the habit or garb of a Carmelite religious) in its miniature form. Thus, they place themselves under the holy habit and cope of the glorious Immaculate Mother and “Queen Beauty of Carmel” (Regina Decor Carmeli). They, therefore, entrust their eternal salvation to the promised Woman who shall crush [the] head of Satan (Gen. 3.15, following the traditional Douay-Rheims Version of the Holy Scriptures chiefly based on St. Jerome’s Sacred Latin Vulgate Bible – the official Latin translation of the Holy Roman Catholic Church) and who, in Her apparition of July 16, 1251 to St. Simon Stock, then General of Her Carmelite Order, made this well-known great Scapular promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of thy Order: this shall be to thee and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.”

Membership

The mere passive wearing of the Brown Scapular of Our Immaculate Mother of Carmel does not suffice to guarantee a solid claim on the great Scapular promise of Our Blessed Mother: deliverance from the eternal fires of Hell. The holy Carmelite Scapular is not a sort of talisman or charm supposed to grant a kind of automatic protection and deliverance. Moreover, this Badge of Carmel – a Catholic sacramental – and the promise attached to it by Our Blessed Mother does not offer automatic salvation .

To prove the above point, how is it possible that many Catholics there are who wear this Badge of Christian Victory and Salvation but, if only they would reflect on their attitudes, reactions and utterances, actually lead their everyday lives according to the mentality of those won over to Satan (breathing in and out those principles and maxims carried by the “diabolical orientation” referred to by Our Lady of Fatima)? This ungodly mentality or “spirit” moves them therefore to conform to that trend of fashion and lifestyle of “civilized”, “independent”, and “freethinking” people who rejects the dominion (Ps 21.29; 22.28 in modern versions) of Jesus Christ and His Church. They wear the Scapular but they are not identified among God’s few elect – His remnant (Rom. 11.1-5) – whom He seals with these words: The Lord thy God hath chosen thee, to be His peculiar people of all peoples that are upon earth (Deut. 7.6), not conformed to this world (Rom. 12.2).

Requirements for membership in this Holy Confraternity of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel as have been traditionally laid down by the Church:

1. woolen cloth Scapular of Carmel with no encasing whatsoever and does not need images if there are none; NB: the medal, which most Catholics wear, does not carry an indulgence and does not guarantee the Sabbatine privilege (protection after death: Our Blessed Mother coming to the deliverance of the soul in Purgatory on the Saturday immediately following his death) and may be worn only by those who have sensitive skin that quickly exhibits irritation when touched by the material of the cloth Scapular;

2. investiture of the woolen cloth Scapular by legitimate Catholic priests ordained according to the Traditional Rite [the doubtful validity of priestly ordination is a grave problem of the Ecumenical ‘Catholic’ priests of Vatican II’s Novus Ordo or “New ‘Catholic Order’”, including the Novus Ordo Carmelites: Calced and Discalced; beware of Sedevacantist priests, see our post "On the Sedevacantist Position: A Reply" (I) & replies to comments] and who have the faculty to enroll and transmit the names of the recipients to the Confraternity;

3. “…Fulfill the conditions of the Sabbatine Privilege” (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to Ven. Dominic of Jesus and Mary):

a. observe chastity according to one’s state of life
b. (i) recitation of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Officium Parvum) or, (ii) if the recitation is impossible, the keeping of the traditional calendar of fasts of the Church together with abstinence from meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays. However, if one cannot observe even this condition, then (iii) any other work may be substituted by a priest-confessor, either inside or outside the confessional (Note carefully: only those priests, see no. 2 above, who have a special faculty to enroll in and transmit names to the Carmelite Confraternity, may commute the recitation of the Office to condition iii; all confessors can commute the recitation of the Office to condition ii.).

Contact: carmeliteconfraternity@gmail.com.

Delay not to be converted to the Lord, and defer it not from day to day. For His wrath shall come on a sudden, and in the time of vengeance He will destroy thee (Ecclesiasticus [Sirach in the New "Catholic" versions] 5.7-8).

See: The “Rule” of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Scapular Confraternity

 

11 Responses to Scapular Confraternity

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  2. metanoia says:

    You appear to be saying that a Catholic priest ordained by a Catholic bishop in communion with the Pope and ordained in the Novus Ordo after Vatican ll, has his orders in doubt. If this is so, then it is you, sir, who is in error in propagating this.

    • Ignis Dei says:

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      JMJ

      No. That is not technically the traditional Catholic ground upon which the validity of the Holy Orders conferred is always taken for granted. Otherwise, a priest won over by the Satanists and celebrates a “Black ‘Mass'” should not pose a problem – except for his( openly* diabolical rite – for he was also ordained by a Catholic bishop in communion with the Pope and he performs the Consecration validly.

      * The name of diabolical game has always been deception, operation by semblance: counterfeit “Christianity” an attack from without) in the 16th century and counterfeit “Catholicism” (an attack from within**) in this end-time battle (cf. our post “The Great Sign in Heaven”) insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect (Mt. 24.24). Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves (Mt. 7.15).
      ** “The Church… attacking herself.” – Pope Paul VI, cf. “Our Lady and the Diabolical Campaign I”)

      The question of validity we pointed out is even an understatement since it is not of supreme importance. The ministry of a validly ordained priest who stands before the face of God at the high altar must be pleasing to God. And no ministry could ever be pleasing to God unless it has the word of God for its foundation and therefore has the honor and glory of God for its end.

      The Word of God decrees of the priests of the Levitical race (Dt. 17.9): The Lord thy God hath chosen him of all thy tribes, to stand and to minister to the Name of the Lord, him and his sons for ever… the priesthood of the Lord is their inheritance (Dt. 18.5; Jos. 18.7). For that reason, we could still find a reference to the Levites of Old in the traditional Rite of Ordinations; a reference stricken off from the New Rite of the New “Catholic Order” and which the New “Catholic” priests would not claim for their New thrust is that of a ‘democratic’ “presider” (in accordance with the egalitarian demands of modern times) working to reach conclusions or solutions by means of “ecumenical dialogue” and no longer that of the olden royal judge: The priests the sons of Levi… whom the Lord thy God hath chosen to minister to Him, and bless His Name, and that by their word every matter should be decided, and whatsoever is clean or unclean should be judged (Dt. 21.5).

  3. reynaldo d pastor says:

    thank you for this site. i would like to contact a confraternity group here in the philippines.

    • Ignis Dei says:

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      JMJ

      Thank you, Reynaldo, for visiting our online presence here and for taking interest in the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

      In the present day, when the enemies of the Church are so numerically strong, it is most certainly fitting that her loyal children should form themselves, as it were, into ranks, and with united forces – under the direction of their doctrinally sound and spiritually advanced pastors – to withstand the foe. The Carmelite Confraternity, founded by St. Simon Stock in 1250, with the Scapular for its badge is especially one of these being under the mantle of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. However, the Confraternity is a devotional association and therefore make their own spiritual advancement their primary aim. As such, there is no visible Confraternity ‘group’ that exists holding regular meetings although the Confraternity may be canonically erected as an Institute in local churches. In the meantime, you may wish to get in touch with the other online Confraternity members and friends @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/201128816596266/ if you have an account with the social network. May God bless you!

  4. Christopher says:

    Are those of us who worship in both the Extraordinary Form and the Ordinary (or even the Divine Liturgy or any other approved Liturgy in communion with the Roman Chirch) excluded from attempting to enroll if we do not doubt the validity of the Sacrament of Holy Orders conferred according to the Second Vatican Council, but rather accept them as ministers of the Divine Mysteries?

    I am considering discerning enrollment but I dot worship at SSPX chapels.

    Thank you,
    Christopher

    Happy Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

    • Ignis Dei says:

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      JMJT

      Thank you, Christopher, for visiting our online presence here and for taking interest in the Scapular Confraternity.

      You are most welcome to become a member of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. As regards membership in the Confraternity, our concern with the “Novus Ordo” minister performing the Scapular investiture is tied to the efficacy of the ‘blessing’ made over the Scapular (whether by way of adherence to the prescribed traditional Rite or, in most cases, non-adherence) and to the validity of enrollment notwithstanding the good faith of the one being enrolled. The probability of a no-real-blessing-no-real-enrollment scenario is very high among them.

      Belated blessed Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel!

  5. Emeka Ututo says:

    “The Journey of the scapular is for the faithful one, those who want to obey the Word of God and His mother Blesssd Virgin mary. It shall be well with us if we will obey. Let us believe and enroll in the Scapular Confraternity.”

    • Ignis Dei says:

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      JMJ

      Thank you, Emeka, for visiting our site and for promoting the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel! May Our Immaculate Mother of Carmel intercede for and guide you.

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  7. Ignis Dei says:

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    J.M.J.

    A visitor found his way to our page by this search engine terms: “can a benedictine oblate be enrolled in the Scapular Confraternity.” Yes, most certainly. What is not allowed is a Benedictine Oblate becoming also a Discalced Carmelite Tertiary – a layman affiliated to the Teresian Carmelite Order living according to its spirit by following a certain Rule, granted the privilege to wear the mantle of the Order on certain occassions and, in death, is clothed with the religious habit of the Order.

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