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:
Priest - Show us, O Lord,
Respondent - And grant us Thy
P - Lord, hear my prayer.
R - And let my cry come unto
P - The Lord be with you.
R - And with your spirit.
P - Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the
human race, sancfify 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 protect
against the evil spirit, they persevere until death in Thy grace. Thou who
liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.
The Priest does the Aspersion and Invests Person(s)
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.
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.
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