Pope Benedict XVI

"Beauty... is not mere decoration, but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God Himself and His revelation."
(Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis, 35)

20 November 2010

The Brown Scapular and Purgatory - What is the connection?

Among the many ways of avoiding Purgatory we find one wonderful promise to wearers of Our Lady’s ‘Brown Scapular’. This promise is known as the "Sabbatine Privilege”. What is the Sabbatine Privilege? It is a Privilege enjoyed by those who wear the Brown Scapular and fulfill the other necessary conditions, namely:
  1. Chastity according to one’s state in life
  2. The recitation of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary (the recitation of the Little Office can be replaced by the recitation of five decades of the Rosary if permission is granted by a priest.)

The pious tradition of the Sabbatine Privilege, approved by the Church, tells us that those who fulfill these conditions will be released from Purgatory (should they still be detained there) on the Saturday following their death.

To take full advantage of the blessings of the scapular, one must be enrolled in the Brown Scapular by a priest. Once you are enrolled in the Brown Scapular you will not need to have any new scapulars you wear blessed by a priest.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

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