Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Scapular Saint


It's almost midnight here in the lower left-hand corner of the California Republic. But we still have about thirty minutes left of what the Carmelite calendar tells us is the feast of St Simon Stock. St Simon is sometimes listed as Simon Anglicus or Simon the Englishman. The Inn is very fond of St Simon; his feast has been commemorated a few times before. You can find some of the posts here, here, here, and here. The illustration at the top shows St Simon wearing the original striped cloak of the Carmelites while receiving the scapular from Our Lady.

A collect for the day from the old Discalced Carmelite liturgy:

May thy people dedicated to Thee and the Virgin and Mother, O Lord, always rejoice in the solemnity of Blessed Simon, whom Thou didst give to them as ruler and father; and as through him they received such a sign of protection, so they may enjoy the gift of eternal predestination. Through our Lord. Amen.