Legion of Mary
LEGION OF MARY
WHO WE ARE
The Legion of Mary is the largest lay apostolate in the Catholic Church, with well over three million active members in almost every country of the world. Its two-fold purpose is sanctifying its members and advancing the reign of Christ through Our Lady. The Legion is, in essence, an extension of the heart and hands of our pastor. Active members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service. Our works, done in pairs, include following up with new parishioners, visiting the elderly, teaching religious education, assisting with the brown scapular enrollment, offering Sacred Heart enthronements in the home, and bringing the Pilgrim Virgin statue to families (see descriptions below).
There are two types of membership: active and auxiliary. The active members meet weekly for prayer, planning, and discussion then are assigned two hours of work under the guidance of a spiritual director. Auxiliary members are the spiritual wing of the apostolate. They agree to pray the rosary daily along with the Legion Tessera prayers; these prayers then give the spiritual lift to our active members, allowing them to do great things for Jesus through Mary.
Come for a visit and try us out! We have three praesidia groups which meet in the St. Louis Martin room in the parish center:
Wednesday evenings at 7:45 P.M.
Contact Maria Basu (571)426-0011 or email@example.com
Friday mornings at 10:30 A.M.
Contact Linda McKay (703)965-2013 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday mornings at 9:15 A.M.
Contact Christine Wilson (571)274-6923 or email@example.com
PILGRIM VIRGIN STATUE (PVS) VISITATION
Hosting the Pilgrim Virgin statue is a beautiful way to honor Jesus and Our Lady, to invite God’s blessings into your home, and to unite your family in prayer. But is your family ready for the commitment? Is there room for the Pilgrim Virgin in the mess of your everyday life? Is your home “Catholic” enough? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES!!!
First, contact Christine Wilson (see above) to get on the schedule. A member of the Legion will call you to set up an available day and time. Next, prepare a place of honor before the PVS arrives, such as a table, mantel, or bookshelf. You can add a small tablecloth, a rosary, candles, and flowers. On the day of arrival, two members of the Legion will bring the Pilgrim Virgin to your home. They will help set her up in the place you have prepared and guide you through a welcome prayer ceremony that takes about 20 minutes.
What now? So, what do you do all week while the Pilgrim Virgin statue is in your home? The simple answer is this: spend time with your honored guest. Pray the rosary each day together as a family. Don’t be discouraged by distracted and cranky children (or adults). Just PRAY the rosary each day. And don’t stop there! Pause throughout your day as you pass by the statue, and just say “hello.” Offer a silent Hail Mary; ask Mary to help you or to pray for a special intention. She’s a GREAT listener, and she LOVES to rain down God’s graces on those who ask. At the end of your week, the legionaries return for a farewell prayer ceremony.
There have been many benefits and little miracles given during the visit of Our Lady’s statue, such as family members returning to the Church, job offers, health improvement, and increased family peace and family prayer. The Pilgrim Virgin statue is a beautiful, tangible reminder that Mary is really and truly present in your home and active in your daily lives. Please consider inviting her into your home today.
SACRED HEART ENTHRONEMENT
Our Lord revealed that wherever the image of His Sacred Heart is exposed and given special honor, great blessings and graces would abound. One way to accomplish this goal is to do a formal enthronement of the Sacred Heart in your home. The enthronement is a ceremony where Jesus is invited into your home and is given authority over your family/household.
For a family enthronement, the family contacts Christine Wilson (see above) to set a date. If possible, the family attends Mass as an act of love and reparation on the day of the enthronement and is encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A beautiful picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is procured (the Legion also has plaques available) and a place of honor or “throne” is prepared in the home representing an altar in the home. There should be room for a Crucifix, candles, flowers, and the Bible.
The steps in the ceremony are: 1) an opening hymn (optional); 2) a brief introduction on the meaning of the Enthronement; 3) a reading from the Word of God; 4) intercessions on behalf of the world and the family; 5) the placement of the image of the Sacred Heart and the Bible in the place of honor; 6) the recitation of the Apostles’ Creed; 7) the Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart; 8) a closing prayer; 9) a closing hymn (optional).
In the days following the ceremony, the family renews its covenant daily, usually at the dinner table, and spends time as a family before the image of the Sacred Heart.