Summary: The Brown Scapular was given by the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Simon Stock for the Carmelites during a time of persecution by secular clergy and other orders. Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock in his monastic cell holding the Brown Scapular in one hand and said, “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 alvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection.” During the life of St. Simon Stock the custom of wearing a scapular spread to the laity. Those who wear the scapular are consecrated to Mary and thus to God and follow the directives given with the scapular.
St. Simon Stock is known for his holiness and many miracles have been attributed to him after his death in Bordeaux, France on May 16 1265.
Patronage: English province of the Discalced Carmelites; Bordeaux, France