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𝑯𝒂𝒊𝒍 𝑯𝒐𝒍𝒚 𝑸𝒖𝒆𝒆𝒏𝑯𝒂𝒊𝒍, 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒚 𝑸𝒖𝒆𝒆𝒏, 𝒎𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒄𝒚, 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆, 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒑𝒆. 𝑻𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒆 𝒅𝒐 𝒘𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒚, 𝒑𝒐𝒐𝒓 𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝑬𝒗𝒆. 𝑻𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒆 𝒅𝒐 𝒘𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒖𝒑 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒔, 𝒎𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒗𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒔. 𝑻𝒖𝒓𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏, 𝒎𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒅𝒗𝒐𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒆𝒚𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒄𝒚 𝒕𝒐𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒖𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒆𝒙𝒊𝒍𝒆, 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒖𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒓𝒖𝒊𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒚 𝒘𝒐𝒎𝒃, 𝑱𝒆𝒔𝒖𝒔. 𝑶 𝒄𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕, 𝑶 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝑶 𝒔𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒕 𝑽𝒊𝒓𝒈𝒊𝒏 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒚! 𝑷𝒓𝒂𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒖𝒔, 𝑶 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒚 𝑴𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝑮𝒐𝒅, 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒚 𝒃𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕. 𝑨𝒎𝒆𝒏.

MAY 16TH. FEAST OF ST. SIMON STOCK

May 16 | Today is the Feast of St. Simon Stock, Visionary and Mystic.

Although little is known about Simon Stock’s early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning “tree trunk,” derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit in a hollow tree trunk of an oak tree. It is also believed that, as a young man, he went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where he joined a group of Carmelites with whom he later returned to Europe.

Simon Stock founded many Carmelite Communities, especially in University towns such as Cambridge, Oxford, Paris, and Bologna, and he helped to change the Carmelites from a hermit Order to one of mendicant friars. In 1254 he was elected Superior-General of his Order at London.

Simon Stock’s lasting fame came from an apparition he had in Cambridge, England, on July 16, 1251, at a time when the Carmelite Order was being oppressed. In it the Virgin Mary appeared to him holding the brown scapular in one hand. Her words were: “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.” The scapular (from the Latin, scapula, meaning “shoulder blade”) consists of two pieces of cloth, one worn on the chest, and the other on the back, which were connected by straps or strings passing over the shoulders. In certain Orders, monks and nuns wear scapulars that reach from the shoulders almost to the ground as outer garments. Lay persons usually wear scapulars underneath their clothing; these consist of two pieces of material only a few inches square.

There are elaborate rules governing the wearing of the scapular: although it may be worn by any Catholic, even an infant, the investiture must be done by a priest. And the scapular must be worn in the proper manner; if an individual neglects to wear it for a time, the benefits are forfeited. The Catholic Church has approved eighteen different kinds of scapulars of which the best known is the woolen brown scapular, or the Scapular of Mount Carmel, that the Virgin Mary bestowed on Simon Stock.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, intercede for us!
St. Simon Stock, pray for us!

Text source: http://www.catholic.org