The Mantle or Scapular of Elias There is an indisputable link between the prophet Elias and the religious order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; as well as a symbolic link between the mantle or scapular of Elias and the mantle or scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Elias used to inhabit the area on and around Mount Carmel itself—which was just 9 miles from where Our Lady would later live in Nazareth. From her home in Nazareth, every day Our Lady could see Mount Carmel nine miles distant to the west. She would, no doubt, visited Mount Carmel during her life. It was on Mount Carmel that Elias defeated the idolatrous prophets of Baal and killed them, thus saving Israel from ruin; and it is Our Lady of Mount Carmel who, through her Scapular, will one day save the world from the devil, sin and heresy. The many miracles that have been wrought through the Brown Scapular are merely foretastes of the great triumph that is one day to come through the triumph of Our Lady, who will use, to a large extent, the Rosary and the Scapular to bring it about. Let us then have a look at some of these miracles, so that our confidence can be raised and maintained in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. To begin with, let us go back to the time of the prophet Elias, whose mantle or scapular was a foretaste or prefiguration of many Scapular miracles that would come after 1251. “And Elias said to Eliseus: ‘Stay here, because the Lord hath sent me as far as the Jordan!’ And Eliseus said: ‘As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee!’ and they two went on together. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets followed them, and stood in sight at a distance: but they two [Elias and Eliseus] stood by the Jordan. And Elias took his mantle and folded it together, and struck the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, and they both passed over on dry ground. And when they were gone over, Elias said to Eliseus: ‘Ask what thou wilt have me to do for thee, before I be taken away from thee!’ And Eliseus said: ‘I beseech thee that in me may be thy double spirit!’ And he answered: ‘Thou hast asked a hard thing! Nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, thou shalt have what thou hast asked: but if thou see me not, thou shalt not have it!’ And as they went on, walking and talking together, behold a fiery chariot, and fiery horses parted them both asunder: and Elias went up by a whirlwind into Heaven. And Eliseus saw him, and cried: ‘My father, my father! The chariot of Israel, and the driver thereof!’ And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own garments, and rent them in two pieces. And he took up the mantle of Elias, that fell from him: and going back, he stood upon the bank of the Jordan, and he struck the waters with the mantle of Elias, that had fallen from him, and they were not divided. And he said: ‘Where is now the God of Elias?’ And he struck the waters, and they were divided, hither and thither, and Eliseus passed over” (4 Kings 2:6-14). Our Lady Appears To St. Simon Stock In the year 1241, the Baron de Grey of England was returning from the Crusades in Palestine: he brought back with him a group of religious from the holy mountain of Carmel. Upon arrival, the baron generously presented the monks with a manor house in the town of Aylesford. Ten years later, in the very place, there occurred, the now famous apparition of Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, on July 16th, in 1251. The full promise of Our Lady of Mount was: “Accept this Scapular. It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and a pledge of peace. Whosoever dies clothed in this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.” In 1858, In the same month and on the same date, July 16th, on the 18th and last apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes, she appeared to Bernadette, dressed as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. St. Bernadette testifies that this was the most beautiful of the apparitions. Sister Lucia of Fatima made a similar comment, when, at her 6th and last apparition at Fatima, Our Lady showed herself in three different forms of clothing—the third and last was that of Our Lady of Carmel, wearing the religious habit of the Carmelites. This, said Lucia, was the most beautiful sight of all—and Lucia later attested that the Scapular that was being held out towards her and the world, signified that Our Lady wanted everyone in the world to wear the Brown Scapular and profit from it. Miracles of the Brown Scapular The devotion to the Brown Scapular was brought about and strengthened by miracles. God uses miracles as a witness to the truth of His promises and those of His Mother. Miracles are used by God to confirm the solid foundation of the devotions that the Church proposes to the faithful. The greater the number of miracles obtained by a particular devotion, the more it draws our attention to this devotion and authenticates the truth that the practice is pleasing to God. Of all the devotions adopted by the Church, none has been confirmed by more authenticated miracles than that of the Brown Scapular.