I had a question from a reader. Perhaps some priests might chime in with their experiences. Personally, I have never been asked to bless one of these or invest anyone. But… lets get to the question.
I recently purchased a five-fold scapular at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference in Wichita. However, I find no "rules" for enrollment in the scapular(s). I looked in the little booklet contained in the package in which I purchased it, but it simply gave the enrollment formula, but not the conditions to be enrolled. I have searched on the internet as well, and cannot find anything. I do know that those enrolled in the brown scapular must say the Divine Office, or the Rosary, etc. but what about those enrolled in the five-fold scapular? Your help would be greatly appreciated.
There is a site which describes the investiture of the five-fold scapular as well as the history of each one. There is also this site with a bit more elaborate information, including statements about the indulgences attached to this work. I am sure those are out of date. Also, the obligations mentioned are to pray the Rosary daily, wear the scapular, a Crucifix, and St. Benedict medal, which I believe both some with the five-fold scapular.
You know… bad things always have happened to me whenever I have blessed a St. Benedict medal. Devils hate those things, I think. But I digress.
Otherwise, I suppose that each of these scapulars has its own obligations, which could be looked up separately.
The form for blessing and investing is in the Rituale Romanum (Titulus IX – Caput XI – #14). There are blessings and forms there for all the scapulars approved at that date (1953).
Keep in mind that these are sacramentals, not sacraments. But the devils and his minions hate sacramentals, which cause them pain as they strengthen you.
Sacramentals are very good things and we should make use of them regularly and with well-thought out purpose!
Here is what the above mentioned site provides.
THE FIVEFOLD SCAPULAR
Blessings and investiture by any Priest.
(Rite now assigned to all priests by the head of various orders.)
The Five-Folds :
* Outer – the red or the "Passion Scapular"
* Back – the white, or "Blessed Trinity"
* Between the brown – or "Our Lady of Mount Carmel"
* The black – or "Our Lady of Sorrows"
* The blue – or "The Immaculate Virgin Mary"
Blessing and Investiture:
[The priest should wear cassock, surplice and white stole.]
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who made heaven and earth.
V. The lord be with you.
R. And also with you. [And with your spirit!]
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus Christ, head over all the faithful and savior of the human race, who has condescended to clothe Thyself with our wounded nature, we beg Thee of Thine innumerable goodness to bless + and sanctify these garments, designed in homage to the most Blessed Trinity, as well as in memory of Thy most bitter passion, and in honor of the Virgin Mother of God, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Grant that they who may be invested therewith may deserve, through the intercession of thy Blessed Mother, likewise to clothe themselves in body and soul, with Thee, for salvation, who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.
(The priest then sprinkles the scapulars with Holy Water) and invests each one individually holding their scapular over them (he may use one scapular for all if they don’t have one) and saying the following once for all in common.
1. Receive the habit of the Order of The Most Holy Trinity unto an increase of Faith, Hope, and Charity, that you may put on the new man, created in the likeness of God, in holiness and righteousness.
2. Receive the Scapular of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, so that having laid aside the old man and put on the new, you may wear it worthily and come to Life Everlasting.
3. Receive the Scapular of the devoted clients of the Blessed Virgin Mary, conceived without sin, that by her intercession you may be cleansed from every defilement and attain Life Everlasting.
4. Receive the Scapular of the devoted Servants of Our Lady of the Seven Dolors, so that, through diligent meditation on her sorrows, you may be imbued in heart and body with the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and always remain steadfast in your devotion.
5. Receive the habit of the Society and Confraternity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, beseeching the Most Holy Virgin, that through her merits you may wear it without stain, and be protected by her from all adversity and brought to the joys of Life Everlastng.
By the faculty delegated to me by the Holy See, I receive you as partakers of all the spiritual favors of these Orders and Congregations, as well as the Indulgences granted by privilege of the Holy See to the aforesaid Scapulars. [I am not sure what, if any they may be. The old indulgences were pretty much swept away. This would need, perhaps, clarification from the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, which has competence in the matter of indulgences.] In the name of The Father,+ and of The Son,+ and of The Holy + Spirit. R. Amen.
V. Preserve Thy Servants.
R. Who trust in Thee, my God.
V. Send them aid, Lord, from on high.
R. And from Sion watch over them.
V. Be Thou unto them a mighty fortress.
R. In the face of the enemy.
V. Let the enemy be powerless against them.
R. And the son of iniquity do nothing to harm them.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit. [That’s better.]
Let Us Pray
Bow down, O lord, to our supplications, and deign to bless+them on whom we have conferred the sacred habits in Thy name. May they cooperate with Thy grace, and thus deserve to attain Life Everlasting. Through Christ our Lord.
May the blessings of Almighty God, + Father, Son, and Holy Spirit come upon you and remain for all time.
Taken from the Roman Ritual Volume II. Nihil Obstat: Stephen Anderi, Censor Librorum. Imprimatur:+Joannes P. Troacy, S.T.D. Episcopus Crossensis 18 June 1950)
Looking through the Rituale I found quite a few different forms for different scapulars, some of which I was unaware of.
Did you know there was a scapular of Our Lady of Good Counsel? I didn’t. And there is an Augustinian connection.
So, I learned a couple things today because of this question.