The Scapular is a device resembling two postage stamps connected with strings, and usually bearing images or emblems of the Virgin Mary. Called a ‘scapular’ because it is designed to hang between the shoulder blades, the amulet is patterned after the aprons of medieval monks and nuns.

The scapular is usually worn to show devotion to the Virgin Mary, and some believe that if one dies while wearing the scapular, one will be saved from hell, a tradition that stems from the practice of granting scapulars to lay supporters of an order. Scapulars from different orders come in different colors and with differing symbolism; some come with special obligations of prayer and other practices.

The Virgin granting scapulars to sinners

Related Symbols:

Latin Cross

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