Jesus and Mary with St Simon Stock
in Cambridge, England
Carmelite tradition states that our Christ our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary granted the Brown Scapular promise to St Simon Stock in Cambridge, England on July 16 1261.
This makes the Brown Scapular 760 years old today.
The Holy See defines the Brown Scapular as "an external sign of the filial relationship established between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel, and the faithful who entrust themselves totally to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, who are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life and the need for prayer."
- Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy. Vatican, 2001.
If you don't wear the Scapular, learn more about it, buy one, and ask your local priest to enroll you in the Scapular (a brief ritual).