"a cheap scapula of the Sacred Heart"
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Christ appearing to Margaret Mary Alacoque
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Roman Catholic in origin, the Sacred Heart devotion emerged from Margaret Mary Alacoque’s experiences between 1673 and 1675, when she experienced visions of Jesus Christ. 

Sacred Heart
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I could plainly see His heart, pierced and bleeding, yet there were flames, too, coming from it and a crown of thorns around it. He told me to behold His heart which so loved humanity. Then He seemed to take my very heart from me and place it there in His heart. In return He gave me back part of His flaming heart.


A scapular (not scapula) is a sacramental in the form of two small pieces of wool cloth linked by a string. It is worn over the shoulder so that one piece hangs over the chest and the other over the back.