Our Lady of Mount Carmel ~ Scapular medal

This is our house scapular. See how enormous it is? I saw it on Mother Angelica's shopping show and ordered it!

We are enrolled in the scapular and, like most families, have a stash of personal scapulars for all the ones that break. Interestingly, I came across this from Father Hardon ....

The Scapular Medal

In 1910, Pope Saint Pius X introduced a scapular medal which may be substituted in most cases for any of the various scapulars. Valid enrollment in the scapulars must, however, be made before the substitution.

The decree, in translation, reads thus:
"For the future all the faithful already inscribed or who shall be inscribed in one or other of the real Scapulars approved by the Holy See (excepting those which are proper to the Third Orders) by what is known as regular enrollment may, instead of the cloth scapulars, one or several, wear on their persons, either round the neck or otherwise, provided it be in a becoming manner, a single medal of metal, through which, by the observance of laws laid down for each scapular, they shall be enabled to share in and gain all the spiritual favors (not excepting what is known as the Sabbatine Privilege of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel), and all the privileges attached to each.

"The right side of this medal must show the image of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Jesus Christ, showing His Sacred Heart, and the obverse that of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. It must be blessed with a separate blessing for each of the scapulars in which the person has been enrolled and for which the wearer wishes it to suffice. Finally, these separate blessings may be given by a single sign of the cross , whether in the act of enrollment or later at the convenience of those enrolled, it matters not how long after the enrollment or in what order they may have taken place; the blessing may be given by a priest other than the one who made the enrollment, as long as he possesses the faculty, ordinary, or delegated, of blessing the different scapulars- the limitations, clauses, and conditions attached to the faculty he uses still holding their force. All things to the contrary, even those calling for special mention, notwithstanding" (Holy Office, Rome, December 16, 1910).

The Scapular Medals
Since 1910 and the regulation of the Holy Office of 16 December of that year (Acta Apost. Sedis, III, 22 sq.) it is permitted to wear, instead of one or more of the small scapulars a single medal of metal. This medal must have on one side a representation of Jesus Christ with His Most Sacred Heart and on the other an image of the Mother of God. All persons who have been validly invested with a blessed woollen scapular may replace such by this medal. The medal must be blessed by a priest possessing the faculty to bless and invest with the scapular or scapulars which the medal is to replace. The faculties to bless these medals are subject to the same conditions and limitations as the faculties to bless and invest with the corresponding scapulars. If the medal is to be worn instead of a number of different scapulars, it must receive the blessing that would be attached to each of them, i. e. as many blessings as the number of scapulars it replaces. For each blessing a sign of the Cross suffices. This medal must also be worn constantly, either about the neck or in some other seemly manner, and with it may be attained all the indulgences and privileges of the small scapulars without exception. Only the small (not the large) scapulars may be validly replaced by such medals.

...and I wear it constantly, I never want it off me after reading Garment of Grace. Try reading that at a holy hour, interrupting your children's holy hour so they can read it,and not coming out as a family changed!

8 comments:

Jackie Parkes said...

Wonderful post..

Melissa said...

This is really interesting. I don't know too much about scapulars. Learning as I go. Thanks!

+JMJ+ said...

Thanks ladies,

Melissa so excited for you coming into the faith. You'll love the Garment of Grace book, it's very small and readable in under an hour. You'll quickly become a devotee.

Christine said...

I also learned a lot. Our faith is so rich thank you for sharing it and the beautiful picture from your home. You are blessed.

Renee said...

Ahhhh, thank you for sharing your house scapular. It is HUGE! :-) We adore our little books of "Garment of Grace", and I hoarded extra copies many years ago when they were difficult to get my hands on some. Today I read it to the younger two children, and bug eyes were out in force once again with the stories contained in it. Off to see about getting one of those big lovelies...

Becki said...

Recently a friend told me about the home scapular and I had intended to get one but never got around to it. After reading your post I ordered 4, one for our home and 3 for other family members. Thanks for the reminder.

We love the "Garment of Grace" book.

Marilena said...

i wear my scapular all the time. the only time i ever take it off is when i have a bath.

diana said...

I used to like the metal one better, but the woolen one is more convenient. And they are prettier, if you know what I mean, and come in an assortment of neat looking styles.

I love that house scapular! I want one for myself!

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