Investiture in the Red Scapular

A lifelong devotion to honor the lord's passion

Remember Christ’s Passion

What is the red scapular devotion?

One of the best ways to advance in holiness is to reflect on the Lord’s Passion. It can deepen one’s relationship with God in ways untold, especially interiorly. The red scapular, for those who are invested in it, becomes a reminder of the Passion. When we meditate on Christ’s suffering we grow in compassion for the suffering of others. We grow in charity and humility; we thank God for all that He is and does through us; and we then begin to embrace suffering and sacrifice in our own lives.

Jesus appeared to Sister Apolline, a nun of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, in 1846, and He promised that anyone who wears the red scapular with faith and devotion will receive great increases in faith, hope and charity every Friday. The red scapular devotion was approved in 1847 by Pope Pius IX.

What is investiture?

Investiture is a ceremony in which the faithful are presented with a scapular blessed by a priest. In wearing the scapular there is a promise (consecration) by the individual to pray and perform acts of charity and devotion. Investiture is done only once, and subsequent to being invested, the person wears the scapular at all times as a sign of that promise. Scapulars are sacred sacramentals in the life of the Church, and should not be looked upon as any type of superstition.

“‘Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet, not My will but Yours be done.’ Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength.”– Luke 22:42-43

How do I participate?

Investiture in the red scapular takes place in one of two ways, depending on your location.

For those local to the Olympic Peninsula, investiture in the red scapular takes place every First Friday, if there are people on the list. Please fill out the form below if you would like to be invested in the red scapular at our next First Friday Mass. We will contact you to confirm that your name is on the list. The investiture ceremony is done after the homily at the First Friday Mass. 

For those who live elsewhere, there will be a group Zoom meeting with Fr. Randy Guarino as his schedule allows. After the online meeting, your blessed scapular will be mailed to you.

How can I support this ministry?

If you would like to help support this work by helping to cover the cost of mailing the blessed scapulars internationally, please send donations to the church office at 209 W. 11th St, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Make checks out to Queen of Angels Parish; please note ‘For Red Scapulars’ in the memo line. Thank you for your generosity! (Online Donations coming soon.)