Serge is correct in his description of these religious articles. However he failed to mention that when one is envested in the Scapular of a particular religious order he is supposed ot share in the spiritual benefits of that order.
Right. That's what I was trying to say when I was describing the blessings promised by some private visions to all who wear the habit of certain orders.
Green--Immaculate Heart of Mary--??
Yes, the IHM. I don't think that one has to do with an order but comes from a private vision of Mary to a French nun whose name I can't remember.
I think Benedictine oblates might have a black scapular, too.
If you look at a Monk or Nun in traditional RC habit, the long straight peace of cloth going down the front and down the back (usually all the way to the ankles or below) is the Scapular. In the envesting into the religios life (taking of the habit for men, veiling for women) it symbolizes the Cross thus the reason it is worn over the shoulder.
Again an interesting possible parallel to the paraman worn by Orthodox schemamonks, which has the cross and symbols of the crucifixion embroidered on it.
But all of this is of post schism RC invention so has little to no consequence for the Orthodox Church.
Oh, Joe, dear Joe! You haven't written one positive posting about anything in Eastern Orthodoxy that has 'grabbed' you, and you couldn't go for more than a few days without writing in detail about some Roman Catholic practice.
Don't change churches - even if only canonically to an Eastern Catholic church.
It is taught that if one dies wearing the brown scapular and/or the "Miraculous Medal of the Immaculate Mary" that one will go to heaven when one dies as well.
Reminiscent of the Sacred Heart devotion to Jesus from 17th-century France (IMO a western manifestation of Jesus as Lover of Mankind), in which the person who goes to Communion for nine consecutive first Fridays of the month will be given the gift of final penitence. Note the difference between that and a superstitious 'free pass' into heaven regardless of what one has done. (A corruption of Catholicism a lot like some evangelicals' OSAS doctrine, 'once saved, always saved'?)
(The possible taunt 'you worship a heart' is IMO is of the same stuff as the Protestant taunts against Orthodox and Catholics alike, 'you worship paintings' or 'you worship a piece of bread'.)
Devotions started by private visions aren't part of Catholicism per se
- they're tolerated by the church if they can't be proved hoaxes and if their content isn't heretical. IOW, Catholics don't have to believe in any of them.
I think the scapular and medal can be understood in the same way as the 'final penitence' promised in the Sacred Heart devotion.
Is it really screwball to hold that one going to Communion regularly would be given the gift of final penitence? I don't think so.
The Carmelite Order today AFAIK is trying to dismiss the 'sabbatine privilege' (after death, particular judgement and the holding pen/purification that western Catholics call purgatory, the soul goes to heaven the first Saturday after death) as theologically indefensible.
But IMO such can be seen in an orthodox way but needs a LOT of explaining lest people think in terms of a free pass/lucky charm.
I don't see it as much different from the claims one sees in some Russian Orthodox writing (like Fr Seraphim Rose) that at face value border on the heretical where people in hell are saved through the prayers of the living.
(If hell in this case is sheol, not gehenna, it's not a problem. Same deal - it's orthodox but the writers have a lot of 'splainin' to do.)
Some ignorant ROs wrongly think the prayer of final absolution the dead person in the casket holds in his hands is a free pass into heaven. (Not what ROxy or EOxy in general teaches.)