Oil Dedicated to St Simon Stock
St Simon Stock Oil O.Carm an English Catholic priest and saint lived in 13th century. An early prior of the Carmelite order. The Blessed Virgin Mary traditionally said to appeared to him and Carmelite habit, the Brown Scapular.
Popular devotion to Stock usually associated with devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Little known about Simon Stock’s early life named Stock meaning “tree trunk,”. Derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve. Lived hermit in hollow tree trunk of an oak tree.
Simon Stock founded Carmelite Communities. He helped change the Carmelites from a hermit Order to one mendicant friars. In 1254 elected Superior-General at London. Simon Stock’s lasting fame came from an apparition in Cambridge, England.
On July 16, 1251 Carmelite Order oppressed. The Virgin Mary appeared to him holding the brown scapular in one hand. Her words “Receive, my beloved son, scapular of thy Order.
The special sign of my favor. I obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He dies clothed preserved from eternal fire. The scapular (from the Latin, scapula, meaning “shoulder blade”) consists of two pieces of cloth, one worn on the chest. Other on the back, connected by straps or strings passing over the shoulders.
In certain Orders, monks and nuns wear scapulars that reach from the shoulders almost to the ground as outer garments. Lay persons usually wear scapulars underneath their clothing.
Consists of two pieces of material only a few inches square. And the scapular worn in the proper manner. If an individual neglects to wear it for a time, the benefits forfeited.
The Catholic Church approved eighteen different kinds of scapulars the best known woolen brown scapular. The Scapular of Mount Carmel that the Virgin Mary bestowed on Simon Stock.
Feast day May 16th.