The Brown Scapular Devotion
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By the publisher

According to the words of our Lady, there are four main advantages to be derived from wearing the Brown Scapular:

  • It is a safeguard and pledge of special protection in dangers of soul and body, which has been proved by many miracles.
  • It is a sign of salvation, which means that a person wearing this scapular at the moment of death would be saved and would not go to hell. Thus for the just man on his death bed, our Lady would obtain the grace of final perseverance; for a sinner, she would obtain the grace of conversion and the restoration of the state of grace, either by providing a priest to hear his confession, or by obtaining the grace to make an act of perfect contrition.
  • We can be confident of a quick release from Purgatory, and
  • We acquire the right to a participation in all the good works, penances and merits of the members of the Carmelite Order.

Originally, the brown scapular was given only to the members of the Carmelite Order. but now anyone may benefit from it by being formally enrolled in it by a priest. The scapular as given by our Lady originally was a full-length wool garment that extended over the shoulders on both the front and the back of the person, reaching almost to his feet (just like the scapular which makes up the habit worn by religious); but now it is very small, although it is still wool, and still must be worn over the shoulders on the front and the back.

To claim the privilege of being quickly released from Purgatory, according to the Bulla Sabbatina, (The First Saturday), it is requisite that we should practice the virtue of chastity according to our state in life, and recite every the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary (if not bound to the Divine Office), which may be replaced by observing abstinence on all Wednesdays and Saturdays, or by another pious work commuted by a duly authorized priest, such as (and most commonly) by the daily recitation of the holy Rosary.

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