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Signs in ordinary human life
world in which we live is full of material things which have symbolic meaning: light,
fire, water .....
Signs in Christian life
Jesus is the great sign and gift of the Father's love. He founded the Church as a sign and instrument of his love. Christian life also has its signs. Jesus used bread, wine, and water, to help us understand higher things, which we can neither see nor touch.
In the celebration of the Eucharist and the other sacraments (baptism confirmation, reconciliation, matrimony, orders, the sacrament of the sick) the symbols, (water, oil, the laying on of hands, the rings), all have their own meaning and bring us into communication with God, present in each of them.
As well as liturgical signs, the Church has others related to some event, to some tradition, or some person. One of these is the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The Scapular is a sign of Mary
One of the signs in the tradition of the Church from
many centuries ago is the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is a sign
approved by the Church and accepted by the Carmelite Order as an external sign of love for
Mary, of the trust her children have in her, and of commitment to live like her.
The Carmelite Scapular
A SIGN which
o has been approved by the Church for over seven centuries
o stands for the decision to follow Jesus like Mary:
o introduces people into the family of Carmel,
o points to a renewed hope of encoun-tering God in eternal life with the help of Mary's protection and intercession..
Short form for giving the Scapular
Receive this Scapular, a sign of your special
relationship with Mary the Mother of Jesus, whom you pledge to imitate. May it be a
reminder to you of your dignity as a Christian, in serving others and imitating Mary. Wear
it as a sign of her protection and of belonging to the family of Carmel, voluntarily doing
the will of God and devoting yourself to building a world true to his plan of community,
justice and peace.
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