Catechism Series on the Basics of the Catholic Faith

The Green Scapular – VL196


“Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
now and at the hour of our death.”

November 27, 2018
Our Lady of
the Miraculous Medal

Dear Friend of Our Lady,

Frequently we receive phone calls from supporters asking for prayers for family members or others who are ill. With these calls, we often offer to send a Green Scapular and the question frequently asked is: “What’s that? I have a Brown Scapular, what is a Green Scapular?”

A Green Scapular is for miraculous cures from illness and miraculous conversions, that is, conversion of a non-Catholic to the Catholic Faith, or conversion of a fallen-away Catholic back to the Faith, or even conversion of a practicing Catholic to becoming a better Catholic, which is something we are all expected to strive for.

Though not nearly as well known as the Brown Scapular, the Green Scapular is nonetheless very powerful. Here is one of my favorite examples of a miraculous conversion:

Many years ago a young woman called wanting to do something for Our Lady in thanksgiving for converting her husband, whom she stated “is Jewish, well not even Jewish, he was more like an atheist” and she went on to explain, “but today he is preparing to be baptized.” She said: “I put a blessed Green Scapular under the mattress on his side of the bed and said the prayer on it daily for him. And shortly after, he wanted to become a Catholic.”

In answer to my inquiry about how her husband responded when she told him about the Green Scapular, she explained that she had not yet told him about the scapular she had placed under the mattress. However, she did ask him what happened to make him want to convert and he responded by saying: “It was like a bolt of lightning”.

In a very emotional moment the woman said: “I owe Our Lady so much and I want to do something for Her.” She signed on that day as one of our apostolate volunteers.

Many of us have family members whom we want to see return to the Catholic Faith, or return to Catholic Tradition. In addition to praying for them, the Green Scapular is a wonderful sacramental to use.

One of the best things about the Green Scapular is that it does not have to be worn – as you will read in the enclosed leaflet. The person you want to help – requesting either a cure from illness or a conversion – does not even have to know or give his or her consent for the Green Scapular – as demonstrated by the aforementioned story.

The Green Scapular must be blessed by a priest, and simply placed in the hospital room, or the person’s room or somewhere in his or her home, or his car, or among something that belongs to the person you are trying to help.

The prayer on the scapular: “Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death” must be said daily for the person you give the scapular to.

In the enclosed leaflet, Among Mary’s Gifts, The Green Scapular, is the story of a priest who was seriously ill and was given a Green Scapular by a religious sister and subsequently cured of his illness, as was the sister herself, four years earlier, cured of cancer. Also in the leaflet is a brief history of the Green Scapular.

Just One Tiny Problem

Now I must tell you of one tiny problem we have and that is, that we are almost completely out of Green Scapulars and are in urgent need of some if we are to continue to offer to send a scapular to those calling for help for their loved ones.

We currently cannot supply any to volunteers who distribute Green Scapulars while visiting the sick in hospitals or the elderly in nursing homes.

What we do have are the supplies to make the scapulars! But we need the volunteers to help by making the scapulars for Our Lady’s Apostolate. All that is needed to make them is a pair of scissors, an iron, and a ruler or some measuring device.

Can you please help us out? They are very easy to make.

At one time we had plenty of volunteers making the scapulars for us. It has become difficult to find inexpensive Green Scapulars to buy, and over the years, thanks to our volunteer Green Scapular makers, Our Lady’s apostolate became a source of these sacramentals for other Catholic organizations.

They would call us for help and we would send them a supply.

Using the Green Scapular is so effective in obtaining miraculous cures and conversions from Our Lady that satan intervened and attacked our decades-long system of buying the supplies to make the scapulars, putting the kits together, and sending the Green Scapular making kits at no cost, to our volunteers to make for us.

Which is one of the main reasons why our volunteer Green Scapular makers have dwindled. About three years ago, the company that made the special badges or pictures needed to make the scapulars went out of business and we were not notified in advance. Our purchaser kept trying to contact the company to no avail – acknowledging that the company frequently didn’t respond right away – and finally after considerable time had passed, upon further investigation, discovered that the company had closed.

Fortunately, at the time, we had a very large supply of Green Scapulars in stock. It took a long time for us to find another company willing to make the pictures, and able to make them to the necessary specifications.

In fact, it took at least a year before we could find another company who was willing to help temporarily – but could not make the quantities needed – until we could find a more definitive replacement who could fill our demand.

Unfortunately, while searching for another company, eventually we ran out of the Green Scapular making kits/supplies to send to our volunteers, and after a while the decades-long program stopped.

By the time we found a company willing to try making the pictures to the necessary specifications and then successfully doing so, our Green Scapular making program had been at a standstill for at least a year and many of our volunteer Green Scapular makers have not started again to make them.

We have the Green Scapular making kits available now. Please help us by signing on to make Green Scapulars for us.

We send the supplies, you make the scapulars and then return them to us once they are made. Once we receive the scapulars back from you, unless you tell us otherwise, we will automatically send you another kit of supplies to make more scapulars for us.

To sign on as a volunteer Green Scapular maker and receive your introductory first kit (complete with instructions on how to make the scapulars), or if you were previously a Green Scapular maker for Our Lady’s apostolate and would like to resume making them, please return the enclosed reply form or call us at 1-800-263-8160.

For more copies of the enclosed leaflet, Among Mary’s Gifts, The Green Scapular, please return the enclosed reply form or call us at 1-800-263-8160. We also have the leaflets available in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

Please help us to fill requests for Green Scapulars in order to be able to help those whose loved ones are ill or have fallen away from the Faith.

Embracing this work is a way of repaying Our Lady for all She has done for us, and continues to do. It is also a way of answering God’s requests via Our Lady of Fatima, spreading devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

We look forward to hearing back from you.


In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,

Joanna Swords

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