5) The Trinity Scapular: White with Red-Blue Cross
Here is a brief introduction to The Five-Fold Scapular:
*In 1190 A.D., St. John of Matha, a Spaniard, was saying his first Holy Mass, when he saw over the altar the figure of an angel wearing a white robe, with a blue and red cross on the breast and the shoulder. This became the habit of the Order of the Holy Trinity. (White Scapular)
*In 1240 A.D., the Blessed Virgin appeared to seven prominent citizens of Florence who bound themselves by vow to honor the Mother of God in her sorrows. She handed them the black habit of the Servites and said, “…these garments shall be to you a perpetual memory of the sufferings in my heart.” (Black Scapular)
*In 1251 A.D., Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, holding in her hands the brown habit of the Carmelites, she made this promise: “Whoever dies in this habit shall not suffer everlasting fire…” More on this Scapular on the Traditional Brown Scapular Page.
*In 1605 A.D., Our Lord appeared to Sr. Ursula Benincasa, and made great promises if she and her fellow nuns would adopt as their religious habit one of a light blue color in honor of the Immaculate Conception of His Mother. For the blue scapular, our Lord promised "great favors", Sister Ursula then asked Him if He would grant similar favors of those of the laity or of other religious orders who would wear, in honor of the Immaculate Conception, a small Blue scapular; and Our Lord did so promise. The Virgin Mary had promised Benicasa that whoever wore her Scapular would be under her special protection and receive special graces through her maternal intercession. Our Lord promised special power to their prayers for the conversion of sinners.
*In 1846 A.D., Our Blessed Lord appeared to Sr. Appoline Andriveau, showing her the red scapular of the Passion, promising that a great increase in faith, hope and charity would be reserved every Friday for those who wore the scapular. This vision was several times repeated; and the extraordinary thing about it is the rapidity with which it was approved in Rome. (Red or Passion Scapular)
These five scapulars have been apporoved separately and together by the Church. The five-fold are one single devotion, approved by the Church. The Brown Scapular is the best known and entitles its wearer to the greatest privileges and indulgences. There is a ‘blanket investiture’ to enroll you in all of them at once, with with specific mention and blessing of each individual scapular in the Five Fold.
There are tremendous blessings, graces and indulgences attached to the Five Fold Scapular. I hope you take the effort to be enrolled.