About the beginning of 1845 Sister Appolline Andriveau, of the Daughters of Charity, was making the Stations of the Cross in the chapel of the Sisters’ house at Troyes, in France. At the thirteenth station, Sister said later, “it seemed to me that Our Blessed Lady placed the body of Our Divine Lord in my arms, saying: “The world is drawing down ruin upon itself, because it never thinks of the Passion of Jesus Christ. Do your utmost to bring it to meditate thereon, to bring about its salvation.”
A SERIES OF APPARITIONS
Our Lord appeared to Sister Appolline in a series of apparitions from July 26 to September 14, 1846. He revealed to her the Red Scapular of the Passion. Pope Pius IX approved the scapular in a rescript dated June 25, 1847. Great indulgences are attached to its use, including a plenary indulgence every Friday for those who meditate upon the Passion.
“HOLY PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, SAVE US”
The scapular and bands must both be of red wool. On one woolen segment our Lord is represented on the Cross; at the foot of the Cross are the implements of the Passion and about it are the words: “Holy Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, save us.” On the other are the hearts of Jesus and Mary; above these is a cross with the inscription: “Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, protect us.” These images are essential to the scapular.
THERE IS A MARVELLOUS UNITY ABOUT THESE APPARITIONS
The last of the Red Scapular apparitions took place just five days before the one and only apparition of Our Lady of La Salette. Sister Appolline belonged to the same order as St Catherine Laboure to whom the Miraculous Medal had been revealed in 1830. This was also the order to which Sister Justine belonged; the Green Scapular had been revealed to Sister Justine in 1840. There is a marvellous unity about all these apparitions. At Troyes and at La Salette our Lady said that the world was drawing down punishment on itself. The Heart of Mary, and sometimes the Heart of Jesus, was prominent in all the manifestations taking place at this time: The Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Victories, the Green Scapular, the Red Scapular. The native American boy who said he saw the vision in 1841 [Montana] also spoke of the heart from which came rays of light.
HOW CAN YOU WEAR ALL THE SCAPULARS?
So many scapulars have been revealed to us that a troubling thought comes to mind: how can a person possess a possibly wear them all? The Catholic Encyclopedia tells us that several scapulars may be attached to the same pair of strings or bands. If the Red Scapular is one of these, the bands must be of red wool. We are also told that “since 1910… it is permitted to wear, instead of one or more of the small scapulars, a single medal… If the medal is to be worn instead of a number of different scapulars, it must receive the blessing that would be attached to each of them… This medal must be worn constantly, either about the neck or in some other seemly manner, and with it may be gained all the indulgences and privileges of the small scapulars without exception.”
– From: “The Woman Shall Conquer” by Don Sharkey, Prow Books/Franciscan Marytown Press, Libertyville, IL, 1954