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Three Sacramentals Instituted by the Blessed Virgin Mary

May 20, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

The Blessed Virgin Mary is ever-interested in our salvation, and, in virtue of her singular union with Jesus, she is our supreme advocate and intercessor among all the saints in heaven.

As the very good Mother she is, she wants us, her children, to spend eternity with Christ in heaven.  To accomplish this end, she frequently gives us helpful instruction to aid us in doing God's will in our lives and in loving Christ better.

From time to time in the history of the Church, Mary has personally appeared to certain holy men and women to give them a particular devotion to her, with attached graces and promises. In some cases the devotion is meant to be spread to the whole Church and involves an object, or sacramental, given to the faithful as a physical sign of her loving intercession.

Three very famous sacramentals given to the faithful by Mary--and approved by the Church--are the holy rosary, the brown scapular, and the miraculous medal.

3 Sacramentals Given to the Faithful by the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Holy Rosary

The rosary was given by the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Dominic de Guzman in the year 1214 to help him fight heresy and convert sinners. He was having no success with his mission, until the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him and gave him the spiritual weapon that would win souls back to God.

"Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?" . . . "I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Angelic Psalter which is the foundation stone of the New Testament. Therefore if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter." - Our Lady to St. Dominic

The Angelic Psalter is the greeting of the Angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin at the Annunciation (Ave Maria, Hail Mary), which is combined with the words of Elizabeth at Mary's Visitation (Blessed art Thou...), and the Pater Noster (Our Father) prayer taught by Jesus. The Angelic Psalter and the Pater Noster were already being prayed repetitiously in the Church; however, Our Lady gave St. Dominic a new formulation, the Dominican Rosary, which is the traditional rosary as we pray it today. According to the instructions of the apparition, 150's Ave's were to be prayed in groups of five, separated by a Pater Noster, and each set of ten beads was to be accompanied with specific meditations on the life of Christ (the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries).  It is called the 'rosary' because each time it's prayed, we adorn Our Lady with a heavenly crown of roses.

See How to Pray the Rosary Beginner’s Guide


Fatima 100th Anniversary Rosary

The Brown Scapular

Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, gave the brown scapular to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite, in the year 1251.  A scapular is composed of two small pieces of wool cloth attached by a string, meant to wear on the front and back in the same way the scapular of a religious habit would be worn. It then becomes a sign of devotion to the Virgin Mary worn hidden under the clothes.

"Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection." - Our Lady to St. Simon Stock

Read Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s Brown Scapular: What You Need to Know

The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

The Miraculous Medal

Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in France in the year 1830 and gave her the vision of a medal, known as the Miraculous Medal, with specific details as to how it should be constructed both on the front and the back.  The medal is a testament to the role of Mary in salvation history and is especially associated with the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, with the words "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee" as a prayer engraved around the circumference of the medal.

“Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck” . . . "Now it must be given to the whole world and to every person." - Our Lady to St. Catherine Laboure

Read Blessing and Investiture with the Miraculous Medal

Miraculous MedalAfter reading about these sacramentals and their promises given to the faithful by the Blessed Virgin Mary herself, are you more inclined to make use of them?  Have you already received special graces from using any of these, that you would like to share with our readers as an encouragement to practice these devotions?

3 Sacramentals Instituted by the Blessed Virgin Mary


This article has been updated and was first published in 2013 © The Catholic Company


Rita Speasmaker says
May 20 2017 12:56PM
The three sacramentals personally given by our Lady has their own purposes or uses. the rosary helps us to meditate on the life of our Lord in its mysteries. 2. the miraculous medal assured us of our Lady's continued presence in our midst, praying for us and leading us to Jesus She intercedes for us in our needs,comforts us in our trials,our sufferings and in our daily struggles. 3 the brown scapulars to me,is Her clothe, the mantel that protects me from the onslaught of the devil and in the end it will be this clothe/mantel that covers me as i go to face eternity. leads me to holiness of life.
chayominjarez says
Jun 2 2016 9:35PM
My heart feels so at ease when i pray the rosary, its such a WONDERFUL feeling. Im ashamed i don't pray it more often.
Marcia Lynch says
May 29 2016 8:46PM
My own mother, Mary, had such devotion to Our Blessed Mother that it seemed natural to turn to her more and more after my mother passed on. In praying the rosary daily and wearing the Miraculous Medal and the brown scapular I trust in Mary as my advocate, protectoress and constant intercessor with Jesus. I know she has brought me closer to him and she is my model in humility, obedience, gentleness, courage and patience. We are so very blessed by the generosity of Jesus in giving his Mother to be our spiritual mother, who always leads us to him.
Jim Brooks says
May 29 2016 10:36AM
I very sorry to say this article is very distrubing. Mary can't give Sacraments or inspire them. That is true by the very defination of what a Sacrament is- "Ordained by Jesus Christ". These are devotions, very important things in themselves, but not sacraments.
Hi Jim, these are "sacramentals" not "sacraments". You can find what the Catholic Church teaches about sacramentals here:
Judith karpinski says
May 28 2016 4:57PM
I have worn the miraculous medal for many years. It is devotion to the Mother of God and there are many promises attached to it. Mary protects me. Those who wear it receive grest grsces...there have been healings and conversions to the catholic church. For those who believe and war it faithfully, great blessings graces are given!!
Veronica says
May 28 2016 3:57PM
When I participated in an ACTS retreat about 3 years ago, I was embarrassed and shocked to realize I didn't really "know" the Rosary. Thanks to my sisters in Christ I re-learned the traditional prayers, other than the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be to the Father. Though I don't say the Rosary as faithfully as I should, I've found that when I wake from a bad dream or stress, I start to recite the Rosary and I start to feel peace. I know it's Mother Mary enfold in me under her mantle of grace...
Irene Durisin says
May 28 2016 12:03PM
Wear your scapulars - prayer the rosary daily, no matter where or when - also wear the Miraculous Medal. Your prayers do help. Do not fail our Blessed Mother.
delia payan says
Jun 18 2015 9:13PM
I felt called to foster Children and my husband and I started to do this we had a total of 8 children thru the years. sibling 2 at a time. some stayed for a few months others for 2 years.. Though there were some very hard trials.. when things were tough I always felt the need to sing Immaculate Mary A song I learn as a child in church and I started to wear my Miraculous Metal. I gave me so much healing and peace not only for myself but my husband and the children we were caring for.

Our mother Mary is beautiful and helps us to focus on our goals thru Christ anything is possible. I pray the rosary also it always brings me peace. When I was a teen I join the daughters of Mary a church group we received the Miraculous Metal. I cherished it. I always felt a special love and grace when I wear it.
Jeanine says
Jun 17 2015 11:43PM
I try to pray the rosary daily. I devote it to souls in purgatory and special devotions such as friends with cancer. Both friends have recently had good news of cure and remission and I thank the Blessed Mother for answering those and many other prayers.
I received a beautiful gold Miraculous Medal from my mother for Christmas in my mid teens. I've worn it faithfully since (replaced the chain several times). That's been at least 20 years. I believe I've received many graces as I look back over my life since I've received it. I've stayed faithful to the Catholic Church, l am raising my five young boys in the church and I'm able to send them to Catholic school. My prayers seem to be answered at just the right time. We also pray the Rosary often. We try to pray it at bed time every night and we pray when we go on trips. I believe it helps us tremendously. My boys know all of the mysteries and pray with me.
Ruth Mysinger says
Jun 17 2015 2:20PM
several years ago I felt an urgency to consistently pray the rosary. Not only did my faith grow exponentially, I received the grace to not only survive the most difficult trial of my life, but use it as a means to bring my husband to Christ. Now I wear the Miraculous Medal as a sign of my consecration to my Mother, asking for the grace to imitate her complete submission to our Fathers will.
joseph st john says
Sep 13 2014 2:23PM

Looking to purchase that exact medal depicted on this page. It's cooper-colored and It stunningly beautiful. My wife lost her's a few years ago..... from her first communion.
Hi Joseph, you can find our entire selection of Miraculous Medals here:
Linda says
May 14 2013 11:54AM
I have just recently re-devoted myself to the Rosary...Thank you so much for posting this...!!!
Blessings always, Linda
jeanie ezekiel says
May 14 2013 10:48AM
I really love thoes beautiful items.And i truly believe in my catholic faith.Amen
Tish Rudwick says
May 14 2013 9:36AM
Thank you for inspiring me again and fortifying my love of the Rosary.

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at, she is also editor of the daily devotional email and author at She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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