Today in Catholic History – Pius IX approves the Red Scapular

On 25 June, Pius IX approved the Red Scapular of the Passion of Our Lord and the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary for use as a sacramental.

The scapular is made of red wool with one side bearing the image of the crucifix, instruments of the Passion and the words “Holy Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ Save Us.” The other side bears an image of a small cross above the Sacred Heart Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the words “Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, protect us.”

Sister Appoline Andriveau of the Sisters of Charity claimed that the devotion of the Red Scapular was revealed to her during a series of visions of Jesus and Mary in 1846. Sister Appoline said that she was promissed that those who wear the scapular faithfully and contemplated the Passion of Jesus Christ would grow in faith, hope, and charity.

Pope Pius IX, in approving the use of the Red Scapular, also granted with it various indulgences. Originally the Lazarist Order was responsible for blessing and investing someone with the Red Scapular, but now any priest can do so.

For more on scapulars and the Red Scapular

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One Comment

  1. Kim Cogan
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Looking for information on The Passion Crucifix created by Nuns about 1868 in celebration of Pope Pius Golden Episcopal Jubilea. Please send any information.

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