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Do you own a Scapular? (for Catholics)

The Scapular is a type of necklace worn by many Catholics. It is worn across the scapular bones (hence its name) and it consists of two pieces of wool connected by string. One piece of wool rests on the back while the other piece rests on the chest. When a Catholic wishes to wear the scapular, a Priest says a set of special prayers and blesses the scapular. This only occurs the first time a person wears one.

For wearing the scapular, Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, will ensure that they do not die a horrible death (for example by fire or drowning) and that they will have access to a priest for confession and the last rites before they die. As a condition for wearing the scapular and receiving these benefits, the Catholic must say certain prayers every day.

I have never heard of this and was wondering if this is something common and do you wear one?


Asked by IhartU at 7:13 PM on Jul. 9, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I use to have a scapular - but it broke a while ago and I never replaced it. It's a private devotion and is a bit impractical when you're carrying kids around who like to grab at things around your neck.

    The Catholic Church doesn't teach that there's something magical about wearing a piece of cloth and saying the words of a prayer. Basically it's a reminder of God's promise for us and of our faith in Him. Without faith, it's nothing.

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:53 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • im not catholic (im a satanist) but i have a scapular medal, similar to this one

    i got it from my mom (shes catholic, it was hers when she was little).....maybe its more of a modern day scapular necklace?


    Answer by necro1134 at 7:21 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • I just wonder if this is not really that much in use any longer? I don't know... I just never heard of it before- not even in Catholic school.

    Answer by IhartU at 7:26 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • A scapular (from Latin, scapula, "shoulder") is a religious pendant of cloth worn under the clothing, which are usually adorned with the picture of a saint as a part of Roman Catholic devotion. Scapulars have their historical origins in larger, tunic-like garments that were once worn by Roman Catholic monks, which were adapted for the use of the Roman Catholic laity.

    The scapular in its original sense forms a part of the habit of many monastic orders. Other orders and numerous religious congregations (both male and female) have also adopted the scapular from the monastic orders. It is usually worn over the habit or cassock.

    Reduced versions of these scapulars are worn by lay persons with a certain degree of connection to the spirituality of a certain religious order. These are typically worn under the clothing. By far the most common scapular is the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:26 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • Medals as Scapulars
    Since 1910 it has been permitted to substitute a medal for one or more small scapulars. This medal must have a representation of Jesus Christ with His Most Sacred Heart on one side and an image of the Mother of God on the other. All persons who have been validly invested with a blessed woolen scapular may replace such by this medal, which is commonly called the Miraculous 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

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:27 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • 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.



    Answer by Anonymous at 7:28 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • Okay, so medals are considered the same thing? I know there are a lot of religious people who wear them.

    Answer by IhartU at 7:32 PM on Jul. 9, 2009