The Order of Servites is the fifth mendicant (friar) order, the objects of which are the sanctification of its members, preaching the Gospel, and the propagation of devotion to the Mother of God, with special reference to her sorrows and her desolation during the Passion of Jesus.

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History of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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The relationship between Our Lady and Mount Carmel is geographical and biblical. Mount Carmel is about 20 miles form Nazareth and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The Mount is considered a symbol of blessing and beauty for its rich vegetation. Scripture tells that Elijah, the prophet, prayed to God on this Mount for rain during a drought and God answered his prayer with abundant rain and new life. The clouds that rose from the sea that brought the rain subsequently became a symbol for Mary and eventually developed into the title "Star of the Sea." Mount Carmel eventually attracted an order of hermits and, from the 12th century on, it served as a residence to a Latin community of hermits called the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. A religious order that followed in the footsteps of Mary, the Order of Carmel considers itself totally Marian, a privilege that it claims to have received from the Blessed Virgin Mary herself and which is made visible through the brown scapular. The Mount Carmel brown scapular is the oldest among eight scapulars to be approved by the Church that have a Marian character. The brown scapular owes its origin and existence to Saint Simon Stock who received a large brown scapular from Our Lady in a vision on July 16, 1251. A scapular is the sleeveless outer garment of a monk's habit that falls from the shoulders. Its significance implies that one is clothed with Mary's attitudes and devotion to Christ.