Scapular of St. Michael the Archangel

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The Scapular of St. Michael is a Roman Catholic devotional scapular associated with St. Michael, the Archangel.

Pope Pius IX gave this scapular his blessing, but it was first formally approved under Pope Leo XIII, who sanctioned the Archconfraternity of the Scapular of St. Michael. Indulgences were approved by the Congregation of Indulgences in 1903. Each member of the confraternity is invested with the scapular.

The form of this scapular is somewhat distinct, in that the two segments of cloth have the form of a small shield; one is made of blue and the other of black cloth, and one of the bands likewise is blue and the other black. Both portions of the scapular bear the well-known representation of the Archangel St. Michael slaying the dragon and the inscription "Quis ut Deus?", meaning Who is like God?, a translation of the Hebrew name of Michael (Mi — "who", cha — "like", el — "god"). Pious tradition attributes these words to St. Michael and in art it is often used (as the Archangel is portrayed slaying Satan, asking this question scornfully).[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ann Ball, 2003, Encyclopedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices OSV Press ISBN 0-87973-910-X page 520
  2. ^ John F. Sullivan, 2009 The Externals of the Catholic Church ISBN 1-113-71408-5 page 202


  • Catholic Encyclopedia [1]

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