scapulars

What is the real difference in the brown and green scapulars? Are there any other “scapulars”? This really might be in the wrong place since it’s sacramentals and not sacraments.

The best catechesis for the Carmelite Scapular (aka the Brown Scapular but I prefer to use the term “Carmelite scapular” since it is, in fact, Carmelite and has to be understood in terms of it being Carmelite) derives from the two Priors General of the Carmelites of Ancient Observance and the Discalced Carmelites (which is also referred to as the Teresian Reform after La Madre, Saint Teresa of Avila). It is a comprehensive text

meditationsfromcarmel.com/content/scapular-catechesis

The Green “Scapular” is not, properly speaking, a scapular…it is a badge. (This sacramental has only one panel; a scapular, properly speaking, has a panel that rests on the chest as well as a panel that rests on the back…the two panels being joined by bands of material that you place over the head and that rest on the shoulders.)

It is also a French devotion and I am not particularly happy with anything one can find in English today. Better information existed in years past, translated from French. If you can read French, you would do better to have recourse to documentation available in that language. Here is at least something from EWTN

ewtn.com/v/experts/showmessage.asp?number=573700

There are some eighteen approved scapulars. Each is distinct with its own origin and its own spirituality. Some are associated with the third orders secular but others do have confraternities for laity.

Although it is a bit of an old source, you can read an excellent treatment on the subject of scapulars in general and specifically on scapulars which are sacramentals, approved by the Church…and how they came to be…here:

newadvent.org/cathen/13508b.htm

I made a list a few years ago. The first five are in the Fivefold Scapular (approved 1886 A.D.):

  1. White (Trinity) 1198 A.D. The indulgences of this confraternity were last approved by a Decree of the Congregation of Indulgences of 13 August 1899 A.D.
    Order: Trinitarians; Confraternity of The Most Blessed Trinity

  2. Brown (Carmel) 1251 A.D., 1908 A.D.
    Order: Carmelite Order; Confraternity of the Brown Scapular

  3. Black (7 Dolors) 1255 A.D. indulgenced by Pope Paul V 1611 A.D.
    Order: Servite Order (Order of Friar Servants of Mary) (sanctioned by Alexander IV in 1255 A.D.);
    Confraternity of the Seven Dolours of Mary

  4. Blue (Immaculate Conception, for conversion of sinners) 1605, 1671, 1992 A.D. This devotion bore such rich fruits that on 30 January 1671 Pope Clement X expressly granted the faculty to bless and invest with this scapular. Pope Clement XI granted certain indulgences for the wearing of the scapular, succeeding popes increased the number, and the summary was approved by the Congregation of Indulgences first in 1845 and finally on 26 August 1882 A.D.
    Order: Order of Theatine Nuns (Clerics Regular); Theatine Confraternity

  5. Red (Passion) 1847 A.D. approved and indulgenced by Pope Pius IX on 25 June 1847 A.D.
    Order: Priests of the Mission (Lazarists) (Vincentians) (Paules) founded by St. Vincent de Paul


  1. White (Our Lady of Ransom) 1218 A.D., 1263 A.D. The summary of indulgences of the confraternity was last approved by the Congregation of Indulgences on 30 July 1868 A.D…
    Order: Fathers of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy for the Ransom of Prisoners

  2. Black (BVM Help of the Sick) 1860 A.D., 1883 A.D. This devotion bore such rich fruits that on 30 January 1671 A.D. Pope Clement X expressly granted the faculty to bless and invest with this scapular. Pope Clement XI granted certain indulgences for the wearing of the scapular, succeeding popes increased the number, and the summary was approved by the Congregation of Indulgences first in 1845 and finally on 26 August 1882 A.D.
    Order: Order of St. Camillus;
    Confraternity of the Mother of God for the Poor Sick

  3. Red (Most Precious Blood) *
    1861 A.D. founded confraternity
    Order: Confraternity of the Precious Blood

  4. Black (Passion) 1861 A.D. indulgences last approved by the Congregation of Indulgences on 10 May 1877 A.D.
    Order: Congregation of the Passionists
    (Discalced Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ)

  5. White (Most Sacred Heart of Jesus / Mother of Mercy) 1900 A.D. Indulgenced by Pope Leo XIII and Pope Pius X. Started in France in 1876 then was approved by the Congregation of Rites in 1900 A.D…
    Order: none

  6. White (Immaculate Heart of Mary) 1877 A.D. It was sanctioned and endowed with indulgences by Pope Pius IX on 11 May 1877 A.D., and approved by the Congregation of Rites in 1907
    Order: Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

  7. Gold/Violet (St. Joseph) 1880 A.D.
    Order: Capuchin Order

  8. Black (St. Bennedict) 1882 A.D., 1883 A.D. The confraternity was endowed with indulgences by Pope Leo XIII in 1882 and 1883 A.D…
    Order: Benedictine Order;
    Confraternity of St. Benedict

  9. White (Holy Face, St. Veronica) *
    1885 A.D. Pope Leo XIII approved
    Order: Archconfraternity of the Holy Face

  10. White (Good Counsel) 1893 A.D.
    Order: Augustinian Order

  11. White (Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary) 1901 A.D. The second segment has a small cross of red material. Indulgences were granted for the wearing of this scapular in 1901, and increased by Pope Pius X in 1906 A.D…
    Order: Congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart

  12. Blue/Black (Archangel Michael) 1903 A.D. Archconfraternity of Saint Michael, founded in 1878 A.D… Blessed Pope Pius IX gave it his blessing, and it was indulgenced by Pope Leo XIII.
    Order: Archconfraternity of the Scapular of St. Michael

  13. White (St. Dominic) 1903 A.D. It was approved on 23 November 1903 A.D. by Pope Pius X who granted an indulgence to the wearers every time that they devoutly kiss it.
    Order: Dominican Order

Green (Immaculate Heart of Mary; conversion) 1840 A.D. – not a true scapular
Order: St. Vincent De Paul
White Badge (not scapular) – (Most Sacred Heart of Jesus) 1872 A.D.
Order: none

Thanks very much. IDK there were 18 scapulars.

While vaguely aware that there were others, one rarely hears about any other than the green, brown and perhaps the red. The rest seem to be somewhat obscure these days.

Not in their respective Orders.

Well…in Britain, as you are, for the

Black Scapular of Our Lady of Sorrows, you can reach out to the Servite Friars
servitefriars.org/

For the Black Scapular of the Passion, you can reach out to the Passionist (who received Blessed John Henry Newman into full communion with Rome)
stjosephshighgate.org.uk/stjosephspassionists.html

The scapular of Saint Benedict can be had through any of the Benedictine monasteries of the English Congregation – they, after all, originated the Confraternity for non-Oblates.
benedictines.org.uk/our-houses/

The White Scapular of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you could obtain through the Claretians
claret.org.uk/

The Scapular of Our Mother of Good Counsel as well as the Cincture of Our Lady of Consolation, you could obtain from the Augustinians
saintaugustineshammersmith.org/augustinians-in-the-uk

This would get you started.

Of course, the great gem is Aylesford in Kent and the connection of the Carmelite scapular to England. This, alas, is too little known and cherished.

Thank you Father.

I have a five fold scapula well actually I have two.
The reason being that they do wear out eventually.
And they get dirty and must be cleaned and while they are being cleaned you wear the backup (only if blessed of course).
I have the Our Lady of Mount Carmel as well although I understand that you need to be Enrolled in it .Hope someone can tell me about that.
Anyway the five fold scapular has red,black brown,light blue and white.
God bless

Only the first has to be blessed, technically. Our Lady of Mount Carmel scapular is the Brown Scapular which is already included in the five-fold. The Carmelites do not require enrollment for their Brown Scapular.

Enrollment is possible for the Blue (Marian), White (Trinitarians), Black (Servite).

Another thing to note about the Green Scapular in particular is that it doesn’t necessarily need to be worn by the one it’s intended for. (Though the giver would be saying the prayer on the person’s behalf.)

Side note: Since they do wear out, what is the proper way to dispose of a worn scapular if it needs replacement?

I have read on here that the proper way to dispose of a worn out scapula r is to burn them.

Burned or buried if its blessed. Otherwise, doesn’t matter too much.

Incidentally, you can be enrolled in the Brown Scapular, its just possibly not essential.

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