The Green Scapular is a Marian devotion that comes from the apparitions experienced by Sister Justine Bisqueyburu, a Daughter of Charity, in Paris during the early 1840s.

Unlike traditional scapulars, this one comprises a single piece of green cloth bearing two images: on one side, the Virgin Mary dressed in white with a blue mantle, and on the reverse, her Immaculate Heart, pierced and aflame. Sister Justine was instructed by the Virgin Mary herself that the scapular was meant to foster a deeper love and appreciation for Mary, promising significant graces to those who use it faithfully.

Mary’s instructions regarding the Green Scapular were straightforward and devoid of the usual investiture needed with other scapulars. It simply needs to be blessed by a priest and can be worn, carried, or placed near someone who needs spiritual aid. The accompanying prayer, “Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death,” is to be said by the wearer or on behalf of someone else.

Significantly, the Green Scapular is not limited to a specific group or setting. It can be used by anyone seeking Mary’s intercession, making it an ideal spiritual tool for everyday life. Its use has been associated with many well-known miraculous healings and conversions.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Heart, pray for us!


Photo credit: Hanabishi, Mygreenscapular via Wikimedia Commons
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