Blessed Virgin Mary: July 2011 Archives

This past Saturday was the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the liturgical commemoration of Mary on which we automatically thought of the brown scapular. Or, we did make an association with the BVM of Mount Carmel and the scapular. Our sensibilities have changed dramatically to the point that only the old people remember such devotions by-and-large.

Recently at the parish we were talking about selling rosaries, bibles, catechisms nun-made fudge, and I introduced offering the brown scapular. The person who is organizing this  very small "church store" looked at me quizzically: what are scapulars? So much for Catholic culture and the Catholic liturgical imagination! I explained that as a concept originally referred to a form of clothing, a wide band of clothe put on the shoulders reaching down to the front and back of the legs, often to the ankles.  The scapular is worn by priests, nuns, and sisters like, but not limited to the Dominicans; the scapular historically was worn as an apron that would protect the tunic. Later the scapular was blessed taking it out of the realm of a work outfit. But I am not talking about the scapular worn as part of the religious habit of the religious.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with you --O serene virgin.
You stand out as the temple
Of the humble and the great, 
Of the lion and the lamb,
Of Christ the savior--Yet you remain a virgin.
You have been made mother
Of the bud and the dew,
You are queen of virgins, 
Rose without thorns.

(The text is excerpted from a longer Sequence for the feast of the Annunciation of the B.V.M.)

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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