Catechism: sacramentals

Catechism: sacramentals

Holy Mother Church has, moreover, instituted sacramentals. These are sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments. They signify effects, particularly of a spiritual nature, which are obtained through the intercession of the Church. By them men are disposed to receive the chief effect of the sacraments, and various occasions in life are rendered holy.

Sacramentals – exorcised water, oil, salt and incense

Sacramentals - exorcised water, oil, salt and incense

The use of sacramentals is a part of every priest’s competence. Their power depends on the priest’s personal belief and the cooperation of the person accepting the sacramental through acts of faith, love and repentance. The power of sacramentals lies in the intercessory prayer of the Church, in the name of which the priest blesses or exorcises people and objects.

The scapulary – a gift from Mary

The Scapulary - a gift from Mary

The world “scapular” means in Lain a robe that covers the back and thorax. The Carmelite Scapulary consist of two rectangular pieces of brown cloth with the representation of Mary on one side and the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the other. They are connected by ribbons such a way that one part of the Scapular is worn on thorax and the other on the back. Scapular is worn also as a medal.