Your first scapular should be blessed and you also should be enrolled by a priest. All scapulars after the first do not need to be blessed.
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I actually signed up today just so I could post a similar question! In my case, the scapular was given to me by a priest, but I honestly don't know if he blessed it or not and there was no formal "investing" ceremony. I've been wearing it for some time now, and had been simply praying the rosary every day because that's what a friend told me I was "supposed" to do. However, today I did some reading on my own online and I saw I need permission from a priest to substitute the rosary for the Little Office of Our Lady? Is this correct? Is it simply a matter of asking, or would permission only be granted in some extreme circumstance? I don't own the Little Office, but of course am willing to purchase it if needed. Would the Little Office then be said in addition to my recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours (I'm a seminarian, so I pray all 5 hours daily)? Just looking for clarification. Thanks!
I just looked this up to try to help. What you mention is called the Sabbatine privilege. I personally pray the rosary. The only things I seem to find about it seem to indicate you need a priests permission to substitute the rosary for the office. I did not know this before.
"It is permitted to the Carmelite Fathers to preach that the Christian people may piously believe in the help which the souls of brothers and members,** who have departed this life in charity, have worn in life the scapular, have ever observed chastity, have recited the Little Hours [of the Blessed Virgin]**, or, if they cannot read, have observed the fast days of the Church, and have abstained from flesh meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays (except when Christmas falls on such days), may derive after death — especially on Saturdays, the day consecrated by the Church to the Blessed Virgin — through the unceasing intercession of Mary, her pious petitions, her merits, and her special protection.
The Sabbatine privilege thus consists essentially in the early liberation from purgatory, through the special intercession and petition of Mary, which she graciously exercises in favour of her devoted servants preferentially — as we may assume — on the day consecrated to her, Saturday. Furthermore, the conditions for the gaining of the privilege are of such a kind as justify a special trust in the assistance of Mary. It is especially required of all who wish to share in the privilege that they faithfully preserve their chastity, and recite devoutly each day the Little Hours of the Blessed Virgin.** However, all those who are bound to read their Breviary, fulfil the obligation of reciting the Little Hours by reading their Office.** Persons who cannot read must (instead of reciting the Little Hours) observe all the fasts prescribed by the Church as they are kept in their home diocese or place of residence, and must in addition abstain from flesh meat on all Wednesdays and Saturdays of the year, except when Christmas falls on one of these days. The obligation to read the Little Hours and to abstain from flesh meat on Wednesday and Saturday may on important grounds be changed for other pious works; the faculty to sanction this change was granted to all confessors by Leo XIII in the Decree of the Congregation of Indulgences of 11 (14) June, 1901."
[quote="Damien88, post:3, topic:291204"]
guess most priests nowadays do not consider sacramentals as something that is important in christian life :(
I really love the brown scapular and I hope in charity that this is not true. When my pastor initiated us in grade school, I didn't understand the concept (especially the promise) and abused it with a poor superstitious disposition. Through many obstinate and ungrateful years Mary thought me the importance of the rosary and lead me back to God and to a deeper prayer life and I did not think I even knew of the requirements for the sabbatine privilege before hand.