Rite for the Blessing and Investiture of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
To obtain the fullest possible benefits from the Brown Scapular devotion, one must be validly invested (sometimes called “enrolled”) in the Brown Scapular by a priest who possesses the faculties (usually a Carmelite, Dominican or Franciscan), using a Scapular blessed by the same or any other priest. After proper enrollment in the Scapular, a person need not have subsequent Scapulars blessed. Once enrolled you are enrolled until death. A Scapular Ritual for Priests, with the prayers of enrollment, is found below:
R - And with your spirit.
P - The Lord be with you.
R - And let my cry come unto Thee.
P - Lord, hear my prayer.
Respondent - And grant us Thy salvation.
Priest - Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. Amen.
The Priest does the aspersion and invests person(s) while saying:
Receive this blessed Scapular and ask the Most Holy Virgin that by Her merits, it may be worn with no stain of sin, protect you from all harm and bring you to everlasting 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 Ghost +. 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 may enter into possession of your eternal heritage through Christ Our Lord.
R - Amen.
As a young man, Father Gruner was enrolled in the Brown Scapular and he almost immediately started to pray the Rosary daily. He has only missed a few days over the last 30 years.
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