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Old Sep 7, '05, 5:18 pm
A.Pelliccio A.Pelliccio is offline
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Default Brown Scapular/ Little office of the BVM

So this weekend I was invested with the brown scapular of our lady of Mt Carmel. I read that I must recite the little office of the BVM daily.

On a website I found it as Sunday - Saturday morning and evening prayers.

I bought what I thought was the book from St. Bonaventure and it turns out like a missal. Im seeing psalms and "before and after advent and Christmas" things and readings. It looks nothing like the Sunday - Saturday morning and evening readings.

It doesn’t even have a table of contents so Im all types of lost. If anyone has this publication and could give me a clue it would be most appreciated .

Anthony
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Old Sep 7, '05, 7:24 pm
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I don't know much about the Little Office except that you can get it in a small pocket-sized book and say the Psalms, morning and evening sets for each day of the week.

But while the Little Office is the normal way to fulfill your daily obligation of wearing the scapular, you can substitute it with:

1. Saying three Hail Mary's
2. Saying seven Our Father's with Hail Mary and Glory Be
3. Saying the Liturgy of the Hours

You can find the Liturgy of the Hours at www.liturgyhours.org.

If you were still interested in the Little Office you could at least do option 1 or 2 while you figured it out.
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Old Sep 7, '05, 10:34 pm
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From the book The Five Scapulars by R. J. Miller, C.SS.R. with 1960 imprimatur We copy what is to be known about the Brown Scapular and the Sabbatine privilege.



Page 24 & ff. “We now come finally to the prayers that have to be said or good works done in order to gain the benefits of the scapulars.
“For four of them, namely all but the brown, there is nothing imposed as of obligation. It is the brown scapular that has the special obligations. Not as regards our Lady’s promise to St. Simon Stock, about saving the wearers from hell; that requires only the faithful wearing of the scapular. But to gain the Sabbatine privilege: to make sure of being freed from Purgatory on the Saturday after our death (if not sooner); there we do have something special to do.


“The decree of Pope Paul V of January 20, 1613, which was partially quoted above, goes on to list these obligations of the Sabbatine privilege. It declares that we may believe that the Blessed Virgin will bring special help: especially on the Saturday after their death to the souls of those brethren and those members of the confraternity who depart this life in charity (the Virtue of Charity means the love of God above all life itself. It is the Supreme Law) and who, whilst living, have worn the habit, observed chastity according to their state, and who shall have recited the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or, if they cannot read, shall have observed the fast of the Church and shall have abstain from flesh meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays (unless the Feast of the Nativity or Our Lord fall on that day.)

“Note that, besides wearing the brown scapular, this decree imposes two obligations, with a substitute offered for the second.

“The first obligation is that of ‘chastity according to one’s state.’ That does not mean that the wearer of the brown scapular may not get married, but that married or single he must strive to avoid sins against chastity, and if he should fall into sin, must be prompt to repent.

“The second is ‘reciting the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin.’ This is a very ancient Catholic devotion, consisting of a collection of hymns and psalms and prayers in honor of our Lady, modeled on the divine office which priests say every day; a kind of abbreviated breviary in honor of Mary. It must be said every day to gain the scapular (Sabbatine) promise. Those bound to say the regular divine office fulfill the obligation by that very exercise. Sisters who recite the new short breviary in English (as many are doing nowadays) would also seem to be fulfilling this obligation; at least, any priest who has faculties to enroll in the brown scapular can commute the obligation of the Little Office into this English office for them. “The substitute for the second obligation in Paul V's decree is to ‘observe the fasts of the Church and abstain on Wednesdays and Saturdays.’ But very often in modern life even this substitute is practically impossible. So the Church, like a solicitous mother, has gone on to offer a substitute for the substitute. She has granted to every priest who has faculties to enroll in the brown scapular, the power to change or commute this fasting and abstaining into the performance of certain good works or the recitation of certain prayers. Good works would be; periodic almsgiving; regular contribution to the mission; hearing Mass on weekdays; kissing the brown scapular daily with the prayer; “Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!” As to the prayers to be recited, various suggestions are made by writers on the subject. Some say it should be seven Our Fathers and Hail Marys every day; some would bring it down low as one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be, every day. The exact prayers will depend on the judgment of the priest who does the commuting.”


An observation about “wearing the scapular” should be noted. A soldier wears his rank in a badge or chevrons. If his wife in a rain storm wears her husband’s military jacket she has the sign of her husband’s rank, but we would not say that she is wearing a military badge. If she enters the services she could wear it just as her husband does.
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Old Sep 7, '05, 10:36 pm
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Do not forget this. Just having the scapular on, is not the same as wearing the scapular with the purpose and desire of belonging to Our Lady’s sodality and being a participant in her Sabbatine privilege. Hence, the brown scapular can be worn devoutly without enrollment, and one would have Our Lady’s promise of that special help. Of course, when it is possible, one should be enrolled not only in the brown scapular but also in the five- fold scapular. The Scapular Preferred to the Medal

If it is very difficult to wear the scapular as for example a soldier on the front lines he could get a priest (if one is available) to bless the medal for him. Remember, the scapular itself works without any blessing. However, each medal must be blessed in order for it to carry Our Lady’s promise of special help.

The Church does not want persons who can wear the scapular to exchange it for the medal. Our Lady gave the scapular as such and not the medal. Wear the scapular day and night. When one wears out or is lost be sure to make or buy another one. Once again, enrollment is wonderful, but it is not required when it is difficult to obtain. Mary looks down from heaven, and she sees her children dressed in the garment that makes them members of her family. As a consequence, her children always get her special protection. The brown scapular really tells Jesus and His Blessed Mother that we want to go to heaven when we must depart from this world. Oh Mary conceived without sin; pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
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Old Sep 7, '05, 10:37 pm
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Little Office of Our Lady
A liturgical devotion to the Blessed Virgin, in imitation of, and in addition to, the Divine Office.

It is first heard of in the middle of the eighth century at Monte Cassino. According to Cardinal Bona, who quotes from a manuscript of Peter the Deacon (twelfth century), there was, in addition to the Divine Office, another "which it is customary to perform in honour of the Holy Mother of God, which Zachary the Pope [d. 752] commanded under strict precept to the Cassinese Monastery." This would seem to indicate that some form of the Office of Our Lady was already extant and, indeed, we hear of an Office in her honour composed by St. Ildephonsus, who lived about the end of the seventh century. The Eastern Church, too, possesses an Office of the B.V.M., attributed to St. John Damascene (c. 730). But though various Offices in honour of Our Lady were in existence earlier, it is probable that the Little Office, as a part of the liturgy, did not come into general use before the tenth century; and it is not unlikely that its diffusion is largely due to the marked devotion to the Blessed Virgin which is characteristic of the Church in England under the guidance of St. Dunstan and St. Ethelwold. Certainly during the tenth century, an Office of the Blessed Virgin is mentioned at Augsburg, at Verdun, and at Eisiedeln; while already in the following century there were at least two versions of her "Hours" extant in England. In the eleventh century we learn from St. Peter Damian that it was already commonly recited amongst the secular clergy of Italy and France, and it was through his influence that the practice of reciting it in choir, in addition to the Great Office, was introduced into several Italian monasteries. At Cluny the Office of the B.V.M. was not introduced till the end of the eleventh century, and then only as a devotion for the sick monks. In the twelfth century came the foundation of the Orders of Cîteaux and Prémontré, of which the latter only retained the Little Office in addition to the Divine Office. The Austin Canons also retained it, and, perhaps through their influence, in the course of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, it developed from a private devotion into part of the daily duty of the secular clergy as well. By the fourteenth century the recital of the Little Office had come to be an almost universal practice and was regarded as obligatory on all the clergy. This obligation remained until St. Pius V removed it by the Bull "Quod a nobis" of 1568. At the present time, however, it is recited on certain days by several of the older orders, and it serves, instead of the Greater Office, as the liturgical prayer of lay brothers and lay sisters in some of the contemplative orders, and of the members of most of the congregations of women engaged in active work. Down to the Reformation it formed a large part of the "Primer or Lay-folk's Prayer-book", and was customarily recited by the devout laity, by whom the practice was continued for long afterwards among the persecuted Catholics. Today it is recited daily by Dominican, Carmelite, Augustinian, and by large numbers of the Franciscan, Tertiaries, as well as by many pious laymen who desire to take part in the liturgical prayer of the Church. It is worth noting that the form of the Little Office of Our Lady has varied considerably at different periods and in different places. The earlier versions varied very considerably, chiefly as regards the hymns and antiphons used: in England in medieval times the main differences seem to have been between the Sarum and York Uses. Since the time of St. Pius V, that most commonly recited has been the version of the reformed Breviary of that pope. In this version, which suffers somewhat from the classicism of the sixteenth century, are to be found the seven "Hours", as in the Greater Office. At Matins, after the versicles follow the invitatory "Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum" with the "Venite" then the hymn "Quem terra, pontus, sidera"; then three groups of psalms, each with their antiphons, of which one group is said on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays, the second on Tuesdays and Fridays, the third on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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Old Sep 7, '05, 10:39 pm
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Next follow three lessons with responsories and (except in Lent and Advent) the "Te Deum". At Lauds, there are the eight psalms of the Divine Office for Sundays, sung to five antiphons. Then the Little Chapter, and the hymn "O Gloriosa Virginum". Next a versicle and the canticle "Benedictus" with its antiphon. Lastly, the prayer and commemoration of the saints. In each of the four Little Hours the hymn "Memento rerum conditor" immediately follows the versicles; then three psalms are recited, under one of the antiphons of Lauds; then are said the Little Chapter, versicles, and a prayer. At Vespers, after the versicles and five psalms with their antiphons, follow the Little Chapter, the hymn "Ave Maris stella", a short versicle, and the canticle "Magnificat" with its antiphon; then the prayers as at Lauds. Compline begins with special versicles, then follow three psalms without antiphons, then the hymn "Memento rerum conditor", a Little Chapter, a versicle, the canticle "Nunc Dimittis", versicles, a prayer, and the Benediction. After the hours are recited the "Pater Noster" and the proper antiphon of Our Lady for the season. This last, the antiphons of the psalms and canticles and the Little Chapters are the only parts of the office that vary with the seasons. Pope Leo XIII granted (17 Nov., 1887), to those who recite the whole Office of Our Lady, an indulgence daily of seven years and seven quarantines, and a plenary indulgence once a month; to those who recite Matins and Lauds only, a daily indulgence of three hundred days; and (8 Dec., 1897) to those who recite Vespers and Compline only, and for each Hour, an indulgence of fifty days.
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