The Black Scapular of the Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary originated as a badge of association with the Servite Order, or Servants of Mary, which was founded in 1233 by seven prosperous merchants of Florence, Italy, and approved by Pope Benedict XI in 1304.
The Holy Mother is said to have given them the black Servite habit in a vision, saying "these garments shall be to you a perpetual memory of the sufferings of my heart". The scapular came to be worn by the Confraternity of the Seven Dolours of Mary and indulgences were granted by Pope Paul V in 1611.
No special prayers are prescribed, though a daily chaplet of the seven sorrows is recommended, but wearers are expected to show devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady and meditate upon them.
Like all of our scapulars, the Black Scapular is hand made in England by traditionalist nuns.
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