Scapulars

Q. Some time ago you had an article about scapulars. A lady at church asked how many types there are. I know there are more than she mentioned, but do not want to give her bad information.

Bob

A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:   

Monastic scapulars (from the Latin word for “shoulder”) are part of religious habits. They are pieces of cloth covering the shoulders and extending to the wearers’ ankles. Devotional scapulars are two small rectangular pieces of cloth, connected by narrow bands, and touch the back and chest of the wearers, ordinarily lay associates of religious communities.

The original edition of The Catholic Encyclopedia (1912) identified the following scapulars approved by the Church: the White Scapular of the Trinity; the White Scapular of Our Lady of Ransom; the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; the Black Scapular of the Seven Sorrows; the Black Scapular of the Passion; the Red Scapular of the Passion; the Black Scapular of Mary, Help of the Sick; the White Scapular of the Immaculate Heart; the Blue and Black Scapular of St. Michael; the Scapular of St. Benedict; the Scapular of the Holy Face; the White Scapular of Our Lady of Good Counsel; the White Scapular of St. Joseph; the White Scapular of the Sacred Heart; the Scapular of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary; the White Scapular of St. Dominic; the Blue Scapular of the Immaculate Conception; the Red Scapular of the Precious Blood.