Enrollment of the Brown Scapular

St. Dominic and the Holy Rosary

Blessings and Enrollment of the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel


Opening Rite:

Priest: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 

Response: Amen.

Priest: Show us your mercy, O Lord

Response: And grant us Your salvation!

Priest: O Lord, Hear my prayer 

Response: And let my cry come unto thee!

Priest: The Lord be with thee 

Response: And with Thy Spirit!

Priest: O Lord, Jesus Christ, Savior of the Human Race, with your right hand sanctify + these Habits which your servants are to wear devoutly out of love for You and Your Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, in order that through the intercession of the same Blessed Mother, they may be defended from the evil one and may persevere in your grace until death, who lives and reigns, world without end.
Response: Amen. 

Brown scapular

Priest: Receive these Blessed Scapulars and pray that the most Holy Virgin Mary, that by her merits you may wear them without stain and that she may guard you from all adversity and bring you unto everlasting life. 

                                                  [Priest places Scapular on individual saying:]
Priest: In virtue of the power given to me, I admit you to share in all the spiritual goods which through the merciful assistance of Jesus Christ are performed by the Religious of Mount Carmel. In the name of the Father, + and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Response: Amen.

                                               [Scapular enrollees return to pew:]
May Almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth, bless you, he who has chosen to enroll you in the confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel: we implore Her to crush the head of the old serpent in the hour of your death and help you to attain at last unto the palm and crown of the everlasting inheritance. Through Christ our Lord.
Response: Amen. 


                                                   [Priest sprinkles with Holy Water]

Opening Rite:
Priest: In the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. 
Response. Amen.

Priest: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary, the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with thee.
R. And with Thy spirit.

The Priest: explains briefly the meaning of the blessing of and enrollment in the Scapular.

The Word of God
A short reading of the Word of God may be proclaimed, as for instance:
From the Old Testament

1) Pr 8:17-21. "I love those who love Me."

2) Is 61:10-11. "He has clothed me with a mantle of justice."

3) 4 Kg (2Kg) 2:7-13. "The mantle of Elijah fell on Elisha."

4) Bar 5:1-5. "Clothe yourselves with the beauty of God."

5) Ez 16:8-14. "Your beauty was perfect."

From the New Testament

1) Mk 5:25-34."The woman touched the garment of Jesus and was cured."

2) Lk 2:4-8. "Mary wrapped Her firstborn in swaddling clothes."

3) Rm 12:1-2. "This is your spiritual worship."

4) Ga 4:4-7. "God sent his son born of a woman."

5) Ep 4:17-24. "Clothe yourselves with the new man."

6) Ep 6:10-17. "Take strength from the Lord."

Priest: Let us pray to God our Father, by the intercession of the Virgin Mary:
R. Lord, hear us.

Priest: That those who wear the Scapular may be clothed in Christ by the grace of the Holy Spirit:
R. Lord, hear us.

Priest: That those who wear the Scapular may live their baptismal vow to be clothed in Christ:
R. Lord, hear us.

Priest: That those who wear the Scapular may be strengthened in faith, hope, and charity:
R. Lord, hear us.

Priest: That those who wear the Scapular may be living members of the family of Carmel by their prayers, sacrifices, and good works:
R. Lord, hear us.

Priest: That those who wear the Scapular may be an extension of the love which Jesus had for His Mother:
R. Lord, hear us.

Priest: That those who wear the Scapular may clothe themselves with the virtues of the most pure Virgin, listen to the Word of God, and live it daily:
R. Lord, hear us.

Priest: That those who wear the Scapular, by the intercession of Mary, may be enlightened in contemplation, joyous in fraternity, and zealous in the service of others:
R. Lord, hear us.

Priest: That those who wear the Scapular may lead their lives in such a way that they will always be ready to enter into the assembly of the saints, wearing bridal clothes, with Mary Most Holy:
R. Lord, hear us.

Prayer of Blessing
The Priest with outstretched hands prays thus:
Holy Father, you have wished that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ should take our human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the working of the Holy Spirit; grant to this son (daughter) of yours who is about to wear devoutly the Scapular of the family of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel the grace of being clothed in Jesus the Lord in all the circumstances of this life and thus to attain to eternal glory. Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

The Priest then sprinkles the Scapular(s) with holy water.

Enrollment in the Scapular
The Priest places the Scapular over the shoulders of the candidate, saying:
Receive this Scapular by which you enter the family of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel; wear it as a sign of the motherly protection of the Virgin and of your pledge to imitate and serve Her. May the Mother of God help you to be clothed in Christ. May He abide in you to the glory of the Trinity and to dedicate yourself to the Church for the good of your brothers and sisters.
R. Amen.

The Priest announces the affiliation to the Carmelite family in the following or similar words:

By the faculties invested in me I admit you to participate in all the spiritual benefits of the Order of Carmel.

The Priest explains the obligations and commitment involved in wearing the Scapular worthily and concludes with the rite of benediction.

Closing Rite
The Priest uses the short form of blessing:
May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son + and Holy Spirit, descend upon you and remain with you forever.
R. Amen.

Or: May the Lord bless us, keep us from every evil, and lead us to eternal life. 
R. Amen.

And thus ends the rite