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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Holy See Approval: January 30, 1226, during the pontificate of Pope Honorius III 1587
During the pontificate of Pope Sixtus V

Shrine: None

Patronages: Carmelites
Chile
Bolivia
Quiapo
Manila
New Manila
Quezon City
Maiolos City
Bulacan
Catemaco
Aylesford
Roraima
Birkirkara
Jaboticabal
Valletta
Pernambuco
Higuerote
Protection from Harm
Protection from Dangerous Situations
Deliverance from Purgatory

Mount Carmel is a mountain overlooking the plain of Galilee.  It became famous when the prophet Elijah, who lived many years before Jesus, was born.  Chapter 18 of the First Book of Kings tells how Elijah stood up to the 450 prophets of the false god, Baal.  Through his prayers, God gave Elijah the power to perform a miracle to prove that Elijah's God was the true God.  This happened on Mount Carmel.

Hundreds of years later, a group of European monks, who had a special devotion to Mother Mary, began to live on Mount Carmel.  They were called friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.  This was the start of the Carmelite order which was approved by Pope Honorius III.  Simon Stock, an Englishman, became the superior of the Carmelites.  He helped the order to grow following the example of the Dominicans and Franciscans.

When they began to suffer harassment for their faith, they turned to Mary for help.  On July 16, 1251, Mary appeared to Saint Simon and gave him the brown scapular.  She promised her protection to all those who would wear the blessed habit.  Many miracles proved her words.  Saint Pope Pius X said that people could have the same blessings if they would wear the scapular medal.  This medal has a picture of Our Lady of the Scapular on one side and the Sacred Heart on the other.

 

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