Jesus is the great sign of the Fatherís love.
He founded the Church as a sign and instrument of His love. Christian life also has its signs. Jesus used bread, wine, water to help us understand the Mystery of Faith, which we can neither see or touch.
In the celebration of the Sacraments, we see many outward signs and symbols of their meaning and grace. The Church has others related to some event, to some tradition or some person.
One of the signs in the tradition of the Church from many centuries ago is the
Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
It is a sign approved by the Church
The Order of Carmelites takes its name from
He prayed to the Blessed Virgin Mary for Her assistance, and on July 16, 1251, She appeared to him.
"Receive my beloved son, this habit of thy order:
The word scapular indicates a form of clothing,
With the passage of time, people began to give symbolic meaning to it: the cross to be borne every day as disciples and followers of Christ.
In some religious orders, such as the Carmelites, the Scapular turned into a sign of their way of life.
The Carmelite Scapular is not:
> a magical charm to protect you
> an automatic guarantee of salvation
> an excuse for not living up to the demands of the Christian life
For over 700 years, the Brown Scapular has been one of the most precious gifts, and highly indulgenced sacramentals of the Church.
The Green Scapular
Badge of the Immaculate Heart
The Green Scapular is a single piece of green felt wool and braid with a picture of the sword and dripping blood,
The Green Scapular is truly a remarkable piece of cloth.
The manner of using this scapular
The only requirement is that the Green Scapular
The only prayer necessary,
"Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen"
Although many graces are obtained, they are proportionate to the confidence with which it is given.
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There are many other types of Scapulars.
Here on Rosary Makers Guide
we offer instructions for making both the
Brown and Green Scapular.