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I was given a Brown Scapular (should it be capitalized?) and the two pieces of cloth have an image glued on them I think. They are wrapped in a plastic bag type material that is tight, and doesn't look like it comes off. But I could tear it off, if I need to. I'm going to get it blessed soon, and I'm not sure if I should take the plastic off. The pictures I've seen of scapulars don't have a covering like this. Should I remove it, or just wait for what the priest tells me to do?
Also, do I have to have every new scapular blessed, though not invested? I know investing is just once.
The Brown Scapular does not need to be invested, but may. Read about it here from the*** Carmelitana Collection*: carmelitanacollection.com/catechesis.phpIf a person wears the scapular, but has no formal association to the Order, does that person still gain the benefits associated with the scapular?**
A person who wears the scapular and practices the spirituality of the Carmelite Order has an affiliation, loose as it may be, to the Carmelite family and so shares in the graces traditionally associated with the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. However, simply to wear the scapular without accepting the responsibilities attached to it would be to reduce this precious sacramental to the status of a charm or good-luck piece.
What is this Carmelite spirituality that one must practice in order to have an affiliation with the Carmelite Order?
The spirituality of the Carmelite Order is one of the preeminent spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. It is difficult to reduce this spirituality to a few sentences. One who wears the scapular should certainly reflect upon the teachings of the great Carmelite saints, three of whom are doctors of the Church. ...
Who may invest people with the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel?
According to the Rite for the Blessing and Enrollment in the Scapular of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, approved by the Holy See in 1996, any priest or deacon has the faculties for blessing the scapular. A person given authority to act in the name of the order may receive people into the confraternity of the scapular. The official ritual provided by the Holy See makes no provision for someone other than a priest or deacon to bless the scapular.
**Is it necessary to enroll people in the Scapular Confraternity for them to share in the spiritual benefits attached to the scapular?**
No, those who wear the scapular out of devotion, practice the Order’s spirituality, yet who have no formal association to the Order share in a spiritual affiliation to the Carmelite Order. It gives them the assurances of the graces pertinent to this sacramental. Indiscriminate enrollment in the Scapular Confraternity or other such associations weakens the purpose and mission of those associations and should be avoided.