- From its beginning, the entire Carmelite Family has been specially dedicated to the
Blessed Virgin Mary. Indeed, we have always been known as the Brothers and Sisters of Our
Lady of Mount Carmel. Therefore, all Lay Carmelites shall honor our Lady with a special
love and devotion. She is the model of all that we desire and hope to be.
- Carmelites have always put themselves under the maternal care of Our Lady, invoking her
as Mother. The Order enjoys her special patronage. The brown scapular is a sign of her
protection, a symbol too of one's interior life of devotion to Our Lady.