On Jan. 28, 1840 , in Paris , France , the Blessed Virgin appeared to Sr. Justine Bisqueyburu, a Seminary Sister of the Daughters of Charity. This began a series of visits which culminated in a special gift of Mary: The Green Scapular
The first four or five visits of Mary with Sr. Justine seemed to have no other end than to deepen in the Sister her relationship to the Mother of God. However, shortly after she had received the habit of the Daughters of Charity and had been sent to serve the poor, she received during prayer another apparition of the Blessed Virgin. Mary held in her right hand her heart surrounded by flames, and in her left, a type of scapular. This scapular consisted of a single small piece of green cloth suspended from a cord of the same colour. On one side of the piece of cloth was a picture of the Blessed Virgin as she had shown herself in the apparitions. On the other was a heart all inflamed with rays more brilliant than the sun and clearer than crystal.
Our Lady’s heart, pierced with a sword, was surrounded by an oval inscription surmounted by a cross. The inscription read, “Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.” At the same time, an interior voice revealed to Sr. the meaning of the vision.
She understood that this new scapular and the prayers of those who used it would be a means that God would use to bring Himself those who had no faith and to reconcile those who had strayed from their faith. Thus would they be assured of a happy death. The green scapular was distributed, and God granted wonderful conversions and some bodily cures.
The Use of the Green Scapular:
The scapular may be worn about the neck, or hung in the person’s room, or placed under the pillow, or kept in a wallet, or placed in their clothing. The prayer surrounding the heart should be repeated daily.
The GREEN scapular or badge is one of the most famous scapulars, which enjoys privileges similar to the BROWN scapular of Mt. Carmel . Great gifts of the Green scapular are for cures and conversions.
There is no investiture for this scapular. You must have it blessed by a Priest, and someone (the wearer preferably) should say the following prayer as often as possible, at least once daily:
“IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, PRAY FOR US NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH.”