Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Erie, PA
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N 42° 06.319 W 080° 01.895
17T E 580070 N 4661923
A statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the property of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Erie, PA
Waymark Code: WM12XNY
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 08/02/2020
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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This statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is located along Wattsburg Road (Route 8) on the property of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Erie, Pennsylvania. The statue depicts St. Mary wearing a crown, holding the child Jesus, as well as holding the scapular. The statue is at a small shrine in an open field surrounded by some small trees.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, as the patroness of the Carmelite Order. It is believed that on July 16, 1251 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Simon Stock, General of the Carmelites, with a scapular in her hand and said, "This shall be the privilege for you and for all the Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall be saved." Thus, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is celebrated on July 16th.

According to the website of the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming, "The Scapular is truly the 'garment of salvation', although it is humble even in its appearance. The scapular can best be recognized as the brown rectangular piece of fabric that hangs down the monk's front and back, covering the tunic and hiding the monk's hands folded beneath. Until Our Lady of Mount Carmel appeared to St. Simon Stock in 1251, the scapular was worn by many and varied religious orders as an apron to protect the tunic when working. It can be said that the scapular was the least important garment of the habit, a garment of work, a garment of a slave. And yet, the Blessed Mother offered the Scapular to St. Simon Stock in response to his prayer for a privilege and as a sign of Her particular love for the Order of Carmel. In the gift of the Holy Scapular, we see Our Lady's humility: she is truly the Handmaid of the Lord, so how appropriate it is that she gave to Her Carmelites the garment of a slave as their privilege.

"At the reception of the Scapular, which is simply the making of a Carmelite, the prior urges, 'Take up the sweet yoke of Christ, and his light burden.' The Scapular is a constant reminder of the Cross borne by Our Blessed Lord for it shares its brown color and both are borne upon the shoulders. In this conformity to our Savior, we first conform ourselves to Mary and the 'burden' becomes utter sweetness. The Scapular, long venerated and upheld by pope after pope, is indulgenced and its promise is protection from hell's flames."

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Associated Religion(s): Roman Catholic

Statue Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish

Entrance Fee: None

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