- June 1, 2010 at 12:13 am #2018
which came first? the green or the brown?
sorry, but i get confused because different websites say different info about the scapulars, I dont know which is correct ” title=”Sad” />
which one do you use???June 2, 2010 at 2:17 am #9795
I used to know a little about this, but the websites I have found in recent times never clarified anything for me.
What little I remember is that if you wear one you automatically go to heaven. Now based on this little bit of information it seems like hocus pocus to me, but I know there is more to it, so I suspend judgment on it since I clearly have an inadequate understanding.June 2, 2010 at 4:45 am #9796
The Brown Scapular (our Lady of Carmel) was first promoted by St. Simon Stock (England) around the 1200’s. The Green was first promoted in France 1700’s. Both are devotions approved by the Church, for different purposes.
The Brown Scapular, and being invested in it makes one a member of the Carmelite family. Wearing the Scapular is the least of the responsibilites that one takes on with enrollment. One should be ready to devote time in each day to prayer. Typically this means reciting the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin, although a confessor can commute this to reciting the 15 decades of the Rosary or other suitable prayers. If one is a priest or religious, the Office of the day suffices. Fast and abstinence on Wednesday and Friday, is also included, although that to can be substituted with another penitential action which one’s confessor can permit. There are a few other conditions, such as frequent confession and worthy reception of Holy Communion, and prayers for the Holy Father and the Church. Once one has been invested in the Brown Scapular, any replacement brown scapulars, or the scapular medal need not be blessed when the original wears out, just worn in place of the original.
What Jon says is true, thinking that just wearing a cloth scapular means that you will go straight to heaven, no stopping over in purgatory, or need to live a holy life is hocus pocus. Many Anti-Catholics, and uninformed Catholics are unaware of the conditions for the proper use of the brown scapular. The Church has granted special graces to those who fulfil the requirements of the scapular, and live a life striving for holiness.
The Third Order of St. Frances has a scapular and cord, that members wear. So too the Servite Scapular, and the Norbertine, as well as other third order members.
The Green scapular is not like the others, it does not require blessing, and it’s devotion is intended to ask our Lady to soften the hearts of those who are lacking in graces to see the truth of the Catholic Faith.June 2, 2010 at 4:57 am #9798
about the green scapular, is the “immaculate heart of mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death” prayer the only devotion attached to it?
any other prayers involved with the green scapular???June 2, 2010 at 5:03 am #9799
It is the only prayer attached to the Green Scapular. People are encouraged to give one to a non-catholic or fallen away catholic and ask them to say the prayer daily. If one cannot one is encouraged to carry it on their person, and say the prayer on behalf of the non-catholic or fallen away catholic. That is all that is required for this sacramental.
(Sacraments are instituted by Christ as a means of Grace)
Sacramentals are approved by the Church as a means of grace, but are not replacements for the seven Sacraments.
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