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THE SCAPULAR

DAYS OF ABSTINENCE.
* days when Catholics age 14 and older abstain from meat:
Fridays during Lent
Good Friday
Ash Wednesday
HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION
Jan 1st - Solemnity of Mary
4th Thursday after Easter- Ascension
Aug 15th - Assumption
Nov 1st - All Saint's Day
Dec 8th - Immaculate Conception
Dec 25th- Christmas
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
1. Do Not Have False Gods                  6. Do Not Commit Adultery
2. Do Not Take God's Name in Vain    7. Do Not Steal
3. Keep Holy the Lord's Day                8. Do Not Lie
4. Honor your Father and Mother        9. Honor your Neighbor's Wife
5. Do Not Kill                                     10.Honor Your Neighbor's Goods
PRECEPTS OF THE CHURCH
1.
  "You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor."
.The first precept requires the faithful to sanctify the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord as well as the principal liturgical feasts honoring the mysteries of the Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the saints; in the first place, by participating in the Eucharistic celebration, in which the Christian community is gathered, and by resting from those works and activities which could impede such a sanctification of these days.  (ccc, 2042)

2. "You shall confess your sins at least once a year."
 
The second precept ensures preparation for the Eucharist by the reception of the sacrament of reconciliation, which continues Baptism's work of conversion and forgiveness.  (ccc, 2042)
3.
  "You shall humbly receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season."
The third precept guarantees as a minimum the reception of the Lord's Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy.  (ccc, 2042)
4.
  "You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church."
The fourth precept ensures the times of abstinence and penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts and help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.  (ccc, 3043)
5.
"You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church."
The fifth precept means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each According to his own ability.  (ccc, 2043)

THE BEATITUDES

APOSTLE'S CREED (What we believe)

THE SCAPULAR

THE BEATITUDES
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3)
Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land. (Verse 4)
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6)
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9)
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)
THE SCAPULAR
Our Mother's Promise to St. Simon on July 16, 1251 said that "Whoever dies clothed in this (scapular) shall not suffer eternal fire"
The Scapular then should take on deep meaning. It is a rich present brought down from Heaven by OUR MOTHER She says to each soul, "It is my garment to be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of ME, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life."
Pope Benedict XV granted an indulgence of 500 days each time the Scapular is kissed. Mary's Motherhood is not limited to Catholics, it is extended to ALL MEN. Many miracles of conversion have been wrought in favor of good non-Catholics who have been induced to practice the Scapular devotion. However it NOT a dogma widely accepted.

A TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY consists of 3 Things
1- Veneration 2- Confidence 3.- Love
Our Lord taught us to pray the "Our Father" Mary taught us the value of this Scapular. When we use it as a prayer, by wearing it, Our Lady draws us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is well, therefore, to hold the Scapular in the hand while addressing Our Lady.
A Prayer to Our Mother uttered while holding the scapular is as perfect as a prayer can be.
The most common Scapular is the brown Scapular of the Carmelites. It was given to St Simon a Carmelite monk in 1251. It is especially important during times of Temptation that we need powerful intercessions. The devil powerless against it's strength.

The Green Scapular  Ten years after the manifestation of the Miraculeous Medal to St Catherine Labourre in 1830, the Blessed Mother entrusted the Green Scapular of the Immaculate Heart to Sr Justine Bisqueyburu, a daughter of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.
How to use was through the instructions of the Virgin Mary. Simply a double image suspended from a cord. It should be blessed by a priest. It may be worn, placed on a bed, or simply in a room. The only inscription on the cloth is "Immaculate Heart, pray for us now and at the hour of our death."
Morning Prayer
O my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, (kiss the scapular) I offer Thee the Precious  BLood of Jesus, from all the altars throughout the world, joining with it the offering of my every thought word and action of this day. O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can and I offer them together with myself, to Mary Immaculate, that she may best apply them in the interests of Thy Most Sacred Heart, Precious Blood of Jesus, have mercy on us!
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