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What is the Green Scapular?
The Green Scapular, called by Our Lady, “The Badge of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” was given to the world by the Blessed Virgin Mary through a series of apparitions to Sister Justine Bisqueyburo, a Daughter of Charity, in the early 1840’s in Paris, France. On the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, Sept. 8th, 1840, the Mother of God appeared holding in her right hand her Immaculate Heart, mounted by flames and holding in her other hand a scapular.
“Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, now and at the hour of our death.”
At the same time an interior voice revealed to Sister Justine that God desired to establish among mankind a more tender and confident appreciation and love of His Most Beloved Mother by means of devotion to her through the title of her Immaculate Heart. When invoked under this title and through this holy image Our Lady would obtain great favors from her Divine Son, especially in the areas of physical health, peace of mind and spiritual conversion. She who is the Refuge of Sinners would particularly obtain the conversion of those who had fallen away from the True Faith, and those poor sinners who had no faith. Mary wanted copies of the scapular made as soon as possible and distributed with great confidence.
Has the Green Scapular devotion been very effective?
Favors obtained by invoking Our Lady under this title have been truly remarkable. The Society of the Green Scapular was formed specifically because of the incredible miracles obtained from Our Heavenly Mother during a brief six-month period. There were miracles of health, peace and conversion. At a major national medical center in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., two people were cured of fatal diseases, just a few days from death! Others were on the verge of suicide. Through the Green Scapular devotion they were given the wisdom to understand why they were so miserable, and the strength to make the changes necessary to bring happiness and hope into their lives. Most importantly, there were truly wonderful graces bringing people in various circumstances to reconcile themselves to Jesus in the fullness of His Truth and grace. Family and friends, who had fallen away from the Catholic Faith, and even those who never had faith, came to embrace the Sacraments (sometimes after being away a lifetime). People involved in dangerous relationships saw their bad companions change for the better or leave the relationship. Work environments witnessed an increase of purity in speech, modesty in dress and charity in behavior.
What are the obligations of the Society’s members?
The Society’s members are asked to spread awareness and use of the Green Scapular. There are no quotas. There is no pressure to get others to join. As each member prays for, and obtains, favors from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, their fervor to be more active apostles of this extraordinary gift from Heaven will grow with their confidence. The following summarizes what members are asked:
1. Learn about the Green Scapular.
2. Give Green Scapulars to those in need of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
3. Teach others about the Green Scapular and Our Lady’s Society of the Green Scapular. Encourage them to use the Scapular, give it to others, and consider joining the Society.
4. When you Pray for your own Green Scapular intentions, also include those of all the other members and of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
5. Grow in Personal Holiness. satan told St. John Vianney that if there were just a few more souls like St. John at that time, hell would lose its grip on the world! The Church and the world are in desperate need of real Saints - and Jesus and Mary want to help you become the Saint that you were created to be!
St. Catherine of Siena said: “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire!”
What are the purpose and goals of the Society of the Green Scapular?
The Society exists to promote:
Finally, Our Lady stated that the favors She will grant are limited only by the confidence of the people asking for them. An important aspect, therefore, of this Society is that all members should always pray for all the Green Scapular intentions of the entire Society throughout the world, in addition to their own. We have already seen truly wondrous miracles because of the prayers of a relatively small number of people. There is no limit to what Our Lady can obtain from Our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Society grows with faithful members.
At Fatima, Our Lady promised: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” The goal then, of this society - The Society of Her Immaculate Heart - is to assist the hastening of the day of the complete victory of Mary’s Immaculate Heart when She will crush the head of satan - the ancient enemy of God and humanity - and then reign triumphant with Her Son Jesus Christ.
How do I obtain Green Scapulars or send in prayer requests?
To request prayers for a person or intention, send in all appropriate information. People do not need to be members to request prayers or to be prayed for. For Green Scapulars, request as many as you need. We ask that you use them all and not keep them unused in a purse or a drawer. Please send a donation to offset our costs. Also, after your prayers are answered, a thanksgiving donation should be sent to help the work of the Society so others can benefit too.
ANY REQUEST FOR SCAPULARS NOT ACCOMPANIED BY A DONATION OF AT LEAST $1 PER SCAPULAR WILL BE PROCESSED IF AND WHEN WE HAVE THE RESOURCES TO FULFILL THE REQUEST.
How do I enroll in Our Lady’s Green Scapular Society?
Send a request specifying the name, address, phone number, and email of each person to be enrolled. Families may be enrolled under a single address, but specify each name. A welcome packet will be sent explaining the Society and its benefits in detail. People should only be enrolled as members with their knowledge and consent.
How do I report favors obtained through this devotion?
Please report all favors obtained. They might be used, with your permission, on the Society’s website and/or other materials. Please be exact with details (i.e. names, dates, places, medical information if applicable, etc.) if you are reporting a favor obtained. All facts should be reported clearly and accurately, but the information will be presented by the Society with discretion.
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