Our BLessed Mother said to St. Simon Stock: “Take this Scapular, it shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and a pledge of peace. Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire,” and, “Wear it devoutly and perseveringly. It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life.”
There was also an additional promise given by the Blessed Virgin Mary later to Pope John XXII: “I, the Mother of Grace, shall descend on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever I shall find in purgatory I shall free so that I may lead them to the holy mountain of life everlasting.” Pope Pius XII referred to the Scapular as “The Sign of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” The Pope also said the Scapular marks us as one of Mary’s chosen children, and becomes for us a “Garment of Grace.” The first Scapular to be worn must be blessed and imposed by a priest using the formula contained in the Roman ritual for reception into the Confraternity of the Scapular. The formula for enrollment can be printed. The Scapular, being a sacred object, when it becomes worn out must be either buried or burned. Once enrolled, subsequent scapulars need not be blessed as the blessing and imposition are attached to the wearer for life.