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SCAPULARS: How many of them do you know?

Scapular is a visible sign of the devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and it is worn by millions of Catholics around the globe. They see it as an armour of protection.

SCAPULARS: How many of them do you know?

Scapular is a visible sign of the devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and it is worn by millions of Catholics around the globe. They see it as an armour of protection.



There are eighteen approved scapulars, very much part of popular devotion.

#1- The White Scapular of the Most Blessed Trinity
This is associated with the Confraternity of The Holy Trinity often know as the Trinitarians. It is a white scapular with a cross of which the transverse shaft is blue and the longitudinal shaft red. It is a sign of consecration to the Holy Trinity and of fraternity.

 

# 2 - The White Scapular of Our Lady of Ransom
It traces its roots to the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy also known as Our Lady of Ransom. The scapular is white and the front has a picture of Our Lady of Mercy. The back has a symbol representing the Blessed Virgin Mary.



# 3 - The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
This is perhaps one of the most popular devotions among Catholics word wide

The scapular consists of the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on one side and Mother Mary on the other.



# 4 - The Black Scapular of the Seven Sorrows of Mary
The scapular dates back to the 13th Century.

It is worn by the Confraternity of the Seven Dolours of Mary commonly known as The Servite Order.

The scapular usually has the image of Our Lady of Sorrows on it

# 5 - The Blue Scapular of the Immaculate Conception
It traces its roots back to The Theatine Nuns founded by Venerable Ursula Benincasa.

This scapular must have a blue woollen cloth bearing on one side the mystery of the Immaculate Conception and on the other the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

# 6 - The Red Scapular of the Most Precious Blood
This scapular is associated with the Archconfraternity of the Precious Blood.

This scapular should be of red cloth.

The scapular as used in Rome bears on one portion a representation of the chalice with the Precious Blood adored by angels; the other segment which hangs at the back is simply a smaller portion of red cloth.

# 7 - The Black Scapular of the Passion
This scapular is associated with the Passionists founded by St John of the Cross.

This small scapular has a replica of the badge of the Passion, namely a heart with three nails above a cross, on which is written "Jesu XPI Passio" and below "sit semper in cordibus nostris".

# 8 - The Red Scapular of the Passion
This scapular is associated with the Lazarists founded by St Vincent de Paul.

One side of the scapular shows a crucifix, some of the Instruments of the Passion, and the words "Holy Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ Save Us."

The other side depicts a small cross above the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary plus the words "Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, protect us."

# 9 - The Black Scapular of Help of the Sick
This scapular is associated with the image of Blessed Virgin Mary located at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Rome.

The confraternity was founded by Brother Ferdinand Vicari who belonged to the Order of St Camillus de Lellis.

The front of the scapular has an image of the above picture of the Virgin Mary and at her feet St. Joseph and St. Camillus, the two other patrons of the sick and of the confraternity.

The other side has a little red cloth cross.

# 10 - The White Scapular of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This scapular is associated with the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The scapular is made of white fabric and the front has an image of the burning heart of Mary, out of which grows a lily; the heart is encircled by a wreath of roses and pierced with a sword.

A Crux immissa (Cross) or an image of Mater Misericordiæ (Mary the Merciful) appears on the reverse.



# 11 - The Blue and Black Scapular of St. Michael the Archangel
This scapular is associated with St Michael the Archangel and looks like a small shield.

One is made of blue and the other of black cloth.

It bears the well-known representation of the Archangel St. Michael slaying the dragon and the inscription "Quis ut Deus?", meaning Who is like God?

# 12 - The Scapular of St. Benedict
This scapular is associated with the Order of Saint Benedict.

The confraternity and the scapular were endowed with indulgences in 1882 and 1883.



# 13 - The Scapular of the Holy Face
This scapular is based on the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus.

It is also known as The Veronica based on the association of the Holy Face of Jesus with Saint Veronica.

The scapular bears an image of the Holy Face of Jesus and is worn by the members of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face.

# 14 - The White Scapular of the Our Lady of Good Counsel
The small Scapular of Our Lady of Good Counsel (the White Scapular) was presented by the Hermits of St Augustine to Pope Leo XIII, who, on December 19-21, 1893, approved it and endowed it with indulgences.

On the front panel is the image of the fresco of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

On the second segment is the papal coat-of-arms, which includes the Triple Tiara and the Keys of Heaven, with the words of Leo XIII: “Child, listen to her counsels”.

# 15 - The White Scapular of St. Joseph
This scapular traces its roots to Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.

Due to the multiple sources for the scapular, the colors may be in combination, having white, gold and purple.

The front of the scapular depicts Saint Joseph carrying the infant Jesus, and a lily in the other hand. 

The back panel features the Papal Arms, a dove (to symbolize the Holy Ghost) and a Cross.

# 16 - The White Scapular of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
This scapular was revealed by Mother Mary to Estelle Faguette, a French domestic servant.

The front of the scapular consists of a plain white background bearing the red image of the Sacred Heart.

The rear side of the scapular consists of the image of Mother Mary with outstretched arms.

# 17 - The Scapular of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
This scapular was popularized by Congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart.

The front has an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as well as the Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword.

The second segment has a small cross of red material.



# 18 - The White Scapular of St. Dominic
On 23 November, 1903, this scapular was endowed by Pope Pius X.

On one side you can see St. Dominic kneeling before the crucifix and on the other an image of Bl. Reginald receiving the habit from the hands of the Mother of God.

How many of these scapulars have you come across?
They are indeed very much a part of the popular Catholic devotion.

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