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Garment of Grace, The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

 

 

 

What is the Scapular?

The Scapular is a small replica of the religious habit consisting
of two pieces of wool connected by ribbon or cord
and worn over the shoulders, under one's clothes,
so that one piece hangs in front and the other in back.
Along with the Rosary and the Miraculous Medal,
the Scapular is one of the chief Marian sacramentals.

 

What is a Sacramental?

A sacramental is anything set apart by the Church
to excite good thoughts and to increase devotion,
and through these movements of the heart, to remit venial sin.

 What is the difference between sacraments and sacramentals?
The difference is that the Sacraments were instituted by Christ, and the sacramentals were instituted by the Church. The Sacraments give grace of themselves when we are properly disposed to receive them.
Sacramentals excite in us a pious disposition, that is, they move us
to more readily receive the graces God intends for us.

 

Is it the sacramental itself that gives grace?

No, it is not the sacramental itself that gives grace, but the devotion,
the love of God, or the sorrow for sin that it inspires.
In using the sacramentals, the more devotion we have,
the more grace we receive.

Why do we call it a Scapular?

The word "scapular" comes from the Latin word "scapulae"
meaning "shoulders." The scapular is actually a miniature form
of a monk's habit by the same name
which is a sleeveless outer garment
falling from the shoulders to the feet.

 

Why do we wear the Scapular?

We wear the Scapular to indicate that we place ourselves
under the special protection of the Blessed Virgin.
We can tell to what army or nation a soldier belongs by the uniform
he wears; so we can consider the Scapular as the particular uniform
of those who desire to serve the Blessed Mother
in some special manner.

Should the Scapular be blessed before wearing it?
The first Scapular to be worn must be blessed and imposed by a Priest using the formula contained in the Roman ritual for reception into the Confraternity of the Scapular of Carmel. One may replace a worn scapular with a new one at any time. The new one need not be blessed.
(Old worn scapulars, as with any sacramental, should be burned or buried.)

 

May a non-Catholic person wear the Scapular?

By all means...anyone may wear the Scapular, and by so doing,
will draw upon their souls much actual grace from Heaven. Our Lady, as a good Mother will bring conversions to those who honor her by wearing Her Scapular.

 

What is meant by The Sabbatine Privilege?

The Sabbatine Privilege consists essentially in the early liberation
from Purgatory through the special intercession of Mary,
which she graciously exercies in favor of her devoted servants...
on the day consecrated to her, Saturday.

The three conditions for the gaining of the Sabbatine Privilege are:

  • We must wear the Scapular.
  • We must observe Chastity according to our state in life.
  • Recite the Little Office of Our Blessed Mother.
    ( The Rosary  or some other pious work can be substitued for the Office. )

 

 

Five First Saturdays Devotion

 

The First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
was first mentioned by Our Lady of Fatima on July 13, 1917.
After showing the three children a vision of hell she said,
"You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go.
To save them, God wishes to establish in the world
devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done,
many souls will be saved and there will be peace...
I shall come to ask for... the Communion of reparation
on the first Saturdays..."

Eight years later, on December 10, 1925, Mary and the Child Jesus appeared to Lucia, the sole surviving Fatima visionary,
at a convent in Pontevedra, Spain. Our Lady rested her hand
on Lucia's shoulder, revealing a heart encircled by thorns.

The Child Jesus said:

"Have compassion on the heart of your most holy Mother,
covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it
at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation..."

Conditions:
Our Lady spoke next, saying:

"Look, my daughter, at my heart, surrounded with thorns
with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment
by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me
and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death,
with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who,
on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess,
receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary,
and keep me company for fifteen minutes
while meditating on fifteen mysteries of the Rosary,
with the intention of making reparation to me."

 

Why Five Saturdays?
Christians have always honored the Blessed Virgin on Saturday because of her constant faith in Jesus on that first Holy Saturday
before the Resurrection.

Five first Saturdays of reparation were requested to atone
for the five ways in which people offend
the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

  • attacks upon Mary's Immaculate Conception
  • attacks against her Perpetual Virginity
  • attacks upon her Divine Maternity and the refusal to accept her as the Mother of all mankind
  • for those who try to publicly implant in children's hearts indifference, comtempt and even hatred of this Immaculate Mother
  • for those who insult her directly in her sacred images.


The Promise of Our Lady

The Blessed Virgin Mary herself has said:

"Take this Scapular. Whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire.

 It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace."

Holy Virgin of Mount Carmel,

Our Lady of the Scapular, pray for us!

 

 

 

 

 

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