BLESSING AND CONFERRAL OF THE TRINITARIAN SCAPULAR
 

INTRODUCTION

86.       The blessing and conferral of the scapular should, if at all possible, be carried out in a communal celebration. Whenever the conferral is a way of receiving members of the faithful into the confraternity or other association aggregated to the Trinitarian Order, this reception must be carried out by a member of that Order or else by a minister deputed by the competent authority of the Order.

87.       On the occasion of the blessing and conferral, the scapular itself, of the design and material prescribed by the confraternity or association, must be used. Afterward, a medal blessed in the same rite may replace the scapular.

88.            Whenever a person joins the confraternity or an association in order to share spiritually in the life of the Trinitarian Order, the particular norms established the Institute must be respected and followed exactly.

RITE OF BLESSING

INITIAL RITES

89.       When all have gathered, a hymn of praise is sung to the Holy Trinity. Then all make the sign of the cross as the minister says:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

R:         Amen.

GREETING

90.       The minister greets those present in the following or other suitable words, taken preferably from sacred Scripture:

Through the Son, born of the Virgin Mary, in the communion of the Holy Spirit, every blessing comes to us from God our Father. May His grace and peace be with you all.

R:         And also with you.

            Or:            The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God our Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

R:         And also with you.

INTRODUCTORY COMMENTARY

91.       In the following or similar words, the minister – or some other suitable person – prepares those present for the rite of blessing:

 

God uses ordinary things as signs to express His extraordinary mercy towards us. Through simple things as well we express our gratitude, declare our willingness to serve God, and profess the resolve to live up to our baptismal commitment.

 

This scapular is a sign of belonging to the Order of the Most Holy Trinity, approved by the Church. The scapular thus expresses our intention of sharing in the spirit and in the fellowship of prayer of that Order. That intention renews our baptismal resolve to put on Christ, with the help of the Virgin Mary, to the praise and glory of the Trinity, until, living in its mystery of love, and dressed for the wedding feast, we reach our home in heaven.

 

READING OF THE WORD OF GOD

92.       Then a reader, or one of those present, reads a text of sacred Scripture, taken preferably from those found in the Lectionary for the Most Holy Trinity.

 

Otherwise: (1 John 4:7-16)

Brothers and sisters, listen to the Word of God from the first letter of St. John the Apostle.                                                                                                         

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

 

BRIEF EXHORTATION

93.       If opportune, the minister gives a brief homily in which he explains to those present the biblical reading and the meaning of the celebration.  Then there is a short period of silence.

 

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

94.       The intercessions are then said. From the following intentions, those best suited to the occasion may be used or adapted, or other intentions that apply to the particular circumstances of the persons or needs of the time may be composed.

 

God, the Father of all goodness, has chosen the pure womb of the Virgin Mary for the Word of life to put on our flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we might become sharers in the grace of Christ, the first-born of many brothers, and live for the glory of God. Relying on the intercession of Mary, the Mother of Good Remedy, and of the Saints of the Trinitarian Family, let us pray together, saying:

 

R.        Father, grant that we may put on Christ, Your Son, in the love of the Spirit.

 

Father, You willed to have Your beloved Son take on our humanity, so that in Him we might share in Your own life; grant that we may be called and truly be Your children. For this we pray: R.

 

You wished Christ to be in every respect like us, but without sin, so that in following Him we might share in His filial image; grant that we may follow Christ so as to please You in all things. For this we pray: R.

 

You call all those who are clothed in the wedding garment of the kingdom to the feast of Your grace, where You reveal Yourself to them; teach us to serve and love You loyally. For this we pray: R.

 

Through Saint Paul You urge us to be the sweet fragrance of Christ’s goodness in the world; let us become the sign of Christ’s presence for our brothers and sisters. For this we pray: R.

 

You clothe us with the robe of righteousness and holiness, so that through the Holy Spirit we may live for You and show forth the holiness of Your Church; through Christ make us grow in holiness, so that we may work together generously for the salvation of others. For this we pray: R.

 

You continually bestow on us in Christ every spiritual blessing, until, clothed in the wedding garment, we go out to meet Christ at His coming; grant that, attentive to the Holy Spirit and through the prayers of Mary, we may pass from death to life with all the Saints of our Family. For this we pray: R.

Our Father

95.       When the petitions above are omitted, before the formula for blessing the Minister says:

                        Let us pray.

            And all pray in silence for a moment.

PRAYER OF BLESSING

96.       With hands outstretched, the minister continues with the prayer of blessing:

 

O God,

the author and perfecter of all holiness,

You call all who are reborn of water and the Holy Spirit

to the fullness of life in Christ

and the perfection of charity.

Look with kindness on those who devoutly receive this scapular

to the praise and glory of the Holy Trinity.

As long as they live,

let them become sharers in the image of Christ Your Son;

and after they have fulfilled their mission on earth

with the help of the blessed Virgin of Good Remedy,

our holy founder John of Matha.

and all the Saints of our Family

receive them into the joy of Your heavenly home.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R:         Amen.

 

CONFERRAL OF THE SCAPULAR

97.       Then the minister puts the scapular on each of the candidates, saying the following words:

 

Receive this habit

as the sign of your acceptance as part of our religious family

which is dedicated to the Most Holy Trinity.

Live in such a way that,

with the help of the Virgin Mother of Good Remedy,

you may more and more put on Christ

who redeemed us by His blood,

for the glory of the Holy Trinity

and for the service of the Church and of your neighbor.

R:         Amen.

 

98.       As circumstances suggest, the minister may, in a clear voice, pronounce the formulary of conferral once for all the recipients. They all join together in replying “Amen,” then go one by one to receive the scapular from the celebrant.

 

            After the conferral, the minister, facing the new confraternity members, says:

 

By being clothed with this scapular

you have been accepted into our religious community

in order that you may more fully serve Christ and His Church

in the spirit of the Trinitarian Order.

So that you may more completely achieve that goal,

I admit you, in virtue of the power entrusted to me,

into a participation in all the spiritual favors

belonging to our family.

May the Holy Trinity strengthen you in faith,

grant vigor and steadfastness to your hope

and day by day increase your charity.

 

99.       Then the minister explains the duties and obligations proper to the members of the association.

 

CONCLUDING RITE

100.     The minister stretches out his hands over those present and says the following or another suitable formulary:

 

God our Father has called you to be members of our family;

may He bless you with joy and steadfastness in the faith.

R:         Amen.

 

May Christ Jesus make firm your footsteps on the path of the Gospel

and make you true witnesses of His love.

R:         Amen.

 

May the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, dwell within you always

and bring your good intention to fulfillment.

R:         Amen.

 

And may the blessing of almighty God,

the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,

come upon you and remain with you forever.

R:         Amen.

 

101.     The celebration is ended with a hymn to the Trinity.  

BLESSING OF THE CHAPLET OF THE TRISAGION

 

INTRODUCTION

102.     The rite proposed here for the blessing of a large number of Trisagion chaplets is to be used fittingly on the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity or on feasts of the Order. The rite may be used by a priest or deacon. If a single Trisagion chaplet is to be blessed, or just a few, the minister may use the short rite.

RITE OF BLESSING

INITIAL RITES

103.     When all have gathered, a hymn is sung in honor of the Most Holy Trinity. Then all make the sign of the cross as the minister says:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

R:         Amen.

GREETING

104.     The minister greets those present in the following or other suitable words, taken mainly from sacred Scripture.

The grace and peace of God our Father,

from whom all blessings come

through the Son and in the Holy Spirit,

be with you all.

R:         And also with you.

 

INTRODUCTORY COMMENTARY

105.     In the following or similar words, the minister or another suitable person introduces the order of blessing:

In the fullness of time, the almighty and merciful God willed to reveal in His only-begotten Son the mystery of the Trinity

Wishing to imitate on earth the choirs of angels in heaven, we adore and worship the Holy Trinity by praying the holy Trisagion, while contemplating the ineffable mystery of His love.

 

READING OF THE WORD OF GOD

106.     A reader or another person present reads a text of sacred Scripture, taken preferably from those given in the Lectionary for the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

 

Otherwise:  (Isaiah 6:1-3)

Brothers and sisters, listen to the Word of God from the prophet Isaiah

 

In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft. "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!" they cried one to the other. "All the earth is filled with his glory!"

 

BRIEF EXHORTATION

107.     As circumstances may suggest, the minister may give those present a brief explanation of the biblical text, so that they may understand through faith the meaning of the celebration and learn to pray more devoutly through the use of the chaplet of the Trisagion.

 

            Brief silence.

 

108.     Then follows the Lord’s prayer:

                        Our Father…

 

PRAYER OF BLESSING

109.     With hands outstretched, the minister says the prayer of blessing:

 

Father of infinite goodness and mercy,

You have given us Your Son and the Holy Spirit

and have revealed to us the mystery of the Holy Trinity.

Hear our prayer:

bless these chaplets of the Trisagion

and all those who with their lips and hearts

praise, adore, thank and glorify the Holy Trinity.

Grant that, diligent in this prayer,

they may grow in faith, hope and love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R:         Amen.

 

110.     The reverent recitation of the Trisagion then follows. Then a hymn of praise is sung to the Trinity.

 

CONCLUSION

111.     The minister extends his hands over those present and says:

May God, who has granted us salvation

in Christ, His Son, and in the Holy Spirit,

and has given joy to the whole world,

shower you with His graces and His love.

R:         Amen.

 

And may the blessing of almighty God,

the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,

come upon you and remain with you forever.

R:         Amen.