The Sabbatine Privilege
By the mid-fourteenth century the wearing of the Scapular spread to the laity, and gradually over the centuries it has gained in popularity, particularly following the promotion of the “Sabbatine Privilege” by various Popes. This is an idea which grew out of a deepened understanding of the promise originally made to St Simon, and essentially involves the idea that Mary will intervene to help those who have worn the Scapular before death and now find themselves in purgatory, particularly on a Saturday, the day traditionally dedicated to her.
According to a Papal Bull of John XXII, Our Lady appeared to him and said of those who wear the Brown Scapular, that:
“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.”
Certain conditions are attached to this promise:
Firstly, that the individual should continuously wear the Brown Scapular, and that they should observe chastity according to their state in life, whether married or single.
The other condition which most usually applies today is that they should, with permission of a priest, say five decades of the rosary daily. (Previously it had been necessary to say the Little Office of Our Lady or abstain from meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays).
So all that is needed to benefit from all these privileges is to obtain a scapular, have it blessed by any priest and then get enrolled in the scapular confraternity. There are prayers for the blessing of the scapular, and for enrolment, below.
When the scapular breaks, is worn out, or is lost, you simply get a new one. You do not have to be enrolled again.