Scapular of Our Lady of Ransom

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The Scapular of Our Lady of Mercy is a Roman Catholic devotional scapular that traces its roots to the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy also known as Our Lady of Ransom (Latin: Ordo Beatae Mariae de Mercede redemptionis captivorum) which was founded by St. Peter Nolasco in the city of Barcelona, at that time in the Kingdom of Aragon, for the redemption of Christian captives.[1][2]


The scapular is white and the front has a picture of Our Lady of Mercy. [3] The back has a symbol representing the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The indulgences for the confraternity were approved by the Congregation of Indulgences in 1868.[4] After the reforms of the Second Vatican Council the indulgences attached to the scapular were renewed by the Apostolic Penitentiary in 1967 [5] and include a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions (i.e. the person must exclude all attachment to sin of any kind, even venial sin, must perform the work or say the prayer for which the indulgence is granted, and must also fulfil the three conditions of sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and praying for the intentions of the Pope.[6]) on:

  1. The day of enrollment
  2. The day of the following Mercedarian feasts: Our Lady of Mercy (September 24), St. Peter Nolasco (May 6), St. Raymond Nonnatus (August 31), St. Peter Armengol (April 27), St. Mary de Cervellione (September 19), St. Serapion (November 14), and St. Peter Pascual (December 6)

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  1. ^ Ann Ball, 2003 Encyclopedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices ISBN 0-87973-910-X page 525
  2. ^ Mary's Praise on Every Tongue: A Record of Homage Paid to Our Blessed Lady by Chandlery Peter Joseph 2009 ISBN 1-113-16154-X page 181
  3. ^ Hilgers, Joseph. "Scapular." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 13. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 24 Dec. 2014
  4. ^ Rescr. auth. S. C. Indulg., pp. 483 sqq., n. 36)
  5. ^ Decree granted to the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy by the Apostolic Penitentiary 17 November 1967 Prot. Number 179/67/R
  6. ^ Normae de Indulgentiis, 20

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