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The Scapular is part of the Benedictine habit. It is an outer garment about the width of the chest, from shoulder to shoulder. It hangs down in the front and back almost to the feet, but is open on the sides. They originated as aprons worn by medieval monks. A reduced form is worn by Benedictine oblates, rather than a full length of cloth, it consisted of two rectangles (several inches wide, and much larger than a Roman Catholic devotional scapular) of wool joined by bands in some fashion. These are designed to be unobtrusive and can be worn under regular clothing at home and at work.

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