So earlier this year I bought a Brown Scapular over the Internet. It arrived at a time in which I was unfortunately unable to go to church very often, so I could not have it blessed or enrolled (which is the word? :P) for several weeks. When I finally made it to Mass a couple months later I took my scapular with me specifically for it to get the proper blessing. However, after Mass the priest was very busy, so I guess I was kind of nervous to whip out a whole card with a short ceremony for him to recite it in front of everyone he was talking to. I gave him the Scapular and asked him to bless it. I guess at the time I assumed that he, being a priest, would know about the particular blessing that this sacramental requires…however, he just said a really short blessing compared to what came in the card I got WITH the scapular, and gave it back to me. Thinking back on this, I know it is probably my fault for not asking him specifically for the enrollment…but I already know that, this isn’t what the thread is about.
At the moment I was relieved that the thing was blessed in the first place so I went back home with it. However, I didn’t actually take interest in wearing it until just now. I know, you must be thinking that I bought it and blessed it for nothing…but today I decided to wear it to Mass and the day has been oddly different with it on…I can’t describe it. Only I wish I had thought to start wearing it sooner.
But my question is…I was not enrolled…from what I remember, the priest only gave the Scapular an ordinary blessing. Does this difference mean that my Scapular is, if you get what I mean, less significant? For it to count should I have shoved the card with the initiation at him when he was so busy at the moment?
This will probably come off as a silly question to you but I’m asking anyway to get it off my mind.
And in the process of answering this, I’d appreciate any additional information you could give me on this Scapular…I know nothing of it except how important it is regarding Marian devotion.