"Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order;
it is the special sign of my favor,
which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel.
He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire.
It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger,
and a pledge of special peace and protection."
- Our Lady to St. Simon Stock
These words of Our Lady to St. Simon Stock are treasured words to any Catholic devoted to wearing the brown scauplar, but to a Carmelite, they are the sweetest of promises from heaven and the beginning of their holy habit. These blessed words were given to St. Simon Stock in England during the thirteenth century, and said to have been given to the saint after he wrote Flos Carmeli - a hymn in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - whose lyrics you will find below.