Thursday, July 5, 2007

Heaven's Promises ~ Red Scapular of Christ's Passion

Have a special devotion to our Lord's passion? There's a holy sacramental just for you! Along with promises from Jesus Himself and approved by Mother Church for the edification of the faithful! I have worn a scapular now for years. At first I thought something like this..."How can I commit to wearing something around my neck for the rest of my life?" Now, I cannot imagine NOT wearing my scapular for the rest of my life. It is as natural as wearing a shirt, or a watch, or my wedding ring. It is an easy thing to accustom to and a rich source of prayer, devotion and graces from God.

Purpose: To implore protection of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and to promote memory of the Passion

Practices: Wear the scapular with intention to fulfill the purposes the scapular represents

Promises: Special graces of faith, hope and charity on Fridays to the wearer along with indulgences granted by the Church

Origin: This scapular owes its origin to a series of apparitions of Jesus Christ to a Sister of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, Sister Apolline Andriveau, in 1846 in which He showed the sister a red scapular.

Promises: To all who should wear it on every Friday a great increase of faith, hope, and charity.

Church Approval: It was approved and indulgences were granted to its wearers by Pope Pius IX in 1897. Priests of the Mission (Lazarists) were given the faculty of blessing the scapular and investing the faithful with it; the Superior-General can communicate the faculty of blessing and investing with this scapular to other regular or secular priests.

The Image: This scapular and its bands are of red woolen material. On one half is a picture of Our Crucified Lord with the implements of His Passion and the words "Holy Passion of Jesus Christ, Save Us"; on the other are represented the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and above these a cross with the inscription: "Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, protect us."
To purchase one go here.
To learn more, an excellent article with great background and more detail on practice go here.


swissmiss said...

Do you wear this scapular instead of, or in addition to, the brown scapular?

Sanctus Belle said...

I wear the five fold scapular which includes the Red Passion scapular along with the brown, blue (Immaculate Conception), white (Holy Trinity) and black (Our Lady's Sorrows) scapulars. I need all the graces I can get!

Tragicomix said...

i have been reading up a bit on scapulars and i read your post on the red scapular.

To all who should wear it on every Friday a great increase of faith, hope, and charity.

i have some confusion regarding the phraseology used here. Please help clarify, thank you.

Is it?

To all who should wear it on every Friday..... a great increase of faith, hope, and charity.


To all who should wear it..... on every Friday a great increase of faith, hope, and charity.

Also, in order to wear the five-fold scapular, HOW did you join the confraternities necessary?

I write from India, and i ask because while i too, like you, would like nothing better than to receive all the graces i can, by wearing the Five-fold Scapular, i do not know how i would fulfill the requirements to obtain them as, to my knowledge, the are no Theatine or Lazarist priests or Trinitarians around Bangalore where i stay.

Sanctus Belle said...

Tragicomix: I believe of the two options you list, its the second. Special graces are conferred each Friday, this being the day of the week our Lord died.

It is not necessary to be enrolled by any special priet/s of any order. Each order has given permission to any priest to enroll a person in this scapular. If you purchase the five fold from the link in the post provided at all the enrollment prayers are included - you simply take the paper to your priest and he can enroll you. You only need that first scapular blessed and the enrollment done once in a lifetime. Once your scapular wears out - you simply put on another. I'd recommend buying 3 or 4 at once - that should keep in scapulars for years. May the Lord bless you.

Tragicomix said...

Thank you for that and May our Lord bless you!