The Scapular Rosary / Honoring St. Simon Stock

25 Jan


Catholics who carry a rosary may also wear a scapular.    A scapular usually is made of two, two inch by two inch pieces of fabric joined by a string.  Each piece of fabric has a religious picture such as an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The scapular is worn over the neck, under articles of clothing, so that the religious picture shown on the scapular is worn next to the heart.

Scapulars began as aprons worn by monks over their clothing.   These scapular aprons bore symbols of the monks’ order or special religious pictures.   During the Middle Ages, the monks would sometimes  grant a lay person the special privilege of wearing their scapular.

On July 16, 1251, St. Simon Stock, Superior General of the Carmelite Order, reported that he had a vision in which the Blessed Mother Mary gave him a brown scapular to wear.  The brown scapular of St. Simon Stock bears a picture of the saint on one piece of fabric and a picture of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on the second piece.





scapular4 The Scapular Rosary has auburn glass beads that symbolize the brown wool of the scapular.  scapular2The gold plated crucifix has brown tones. The center medal honors St. Simon Stock.

scapular3The reverse of the center medal shows Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

Legend holds that Mary, the Blessed Mother, told St. Dominic, “One day through the Rosary and the Scapular I will save the world”.

To learn more, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover reference book is published by Schiffer Publishing.  With over 200 color photographs, it helps antique dealers, collectors, and historians identify unique rosaries, crucifixes, crosses, and center medals.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide gives historical background on unique religious articles. The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on, Barnes and Noble, The Catholic Faith Store Online, Catholic Gifts, and other bookstores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

PadrePio28Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, are often able to bring their collection to show to church groups, school groups, and community organizations.  To arrange a presentation or ask a question about rosaries, contact them at




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