This prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel derives from an antiphon, “Flos Carmeli” (“The Flower of Carmel”), composed by St. Simon Stock (c. 1165-1265). St. Simon Stock is said to have received the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (commonly called “the Brown Scapular”) from the Blessed Virgin Mary herself, when she appeared to him on July 16, 1251 (now the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel).
This prayer, therefore, is often tied to the Brown Scapular and is also recited as a novena before the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It can, however, be recited at any time for any need. (For a longer prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel that can also be recited in a group, see the Litany of Intercession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.)
A Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee. (3 times)
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (3 times)