Our Lady of Mt. Carmel -- It is said that on July 16, 1251, St. Simon Stock of the Carmelite Order beheld a vision of the Virgin Mary. In her hand she held the brown scapular of the Order, which she bequeathed to St. Simon with the promise that those who died wearing it would be saved.The feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is celebrated on July 16. The feast commemorates the favors granted by Our Lady on Mt. Carmel which were extended to the entire Latin Church in 1726 by Benedict XIII. The legend on the medallion reads: CARMELO DILECTO
This means: Beloved (or cherished) Carmel*
The scapular is part of the habit of monastic orders and various religious confraternities.
Saint Bruno was born in Cologne in the year 1030. He was a man of great learning, and a professor of theology. In 1084, in the valley of Chartreuse, he founded the Carthusian Order. The members of the Carthusian Order embraced a life of poverty, manual labor, and silence, and earned their living transcribing manuscripts. An excerpt from one of St. Bruno’s letters to the Carthusians reads: “Rejoice, because you have escaped the various dangers and shipwrecks of the stormy world. Rejoice, because you have reached the quiet and safe anchorage of a secret harbor. Many wish to come into this port, and many make great efforts to do so and never achieve it...” The association of St. Bruno with seven stars relates to the man Hugh of Chateauneuf, Bishop of Grenoble, who saw the stars in a vision over Bruno and six of his companions.
The legend on the St. Bruno medallion reads:
S BRVNO CART FVN
S(anctus) Bruno Cart(husianorum) Fun(dator)This means: Saint Bruno, Founder of the Carthusians
History: Associated with the Shipwreck "El Bueno Consejo", on shore of the Caribbean island Anguilla. The Galleon was carrying 50 Franciscan Monk and thousands of bronze religious medallions to be used in converting the New World to Christianity.