What is the Legion of Mary?
The Legion of Mary is an association of Catholic men and women who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, have formed themselves into a Legion for service in the warfare which is perpetually being waged by the Church against the forces of evil.
What are the Aims of the Legion of Mary?
The Legion's aims are to:
Increase the personal holiness of its members through the imitation of the virtues of Mary.
Foster a deeper devotion to Mary among all people.
Undertake various apostolic works.
What must one do to be a member?
There are two types of membership: First, the active member who attends a weekly meeting and does two hours apostolic work each week, and secondly, the auxiliary or praying member.
What are the Duties of an Auxiliary Member?
The duties of an Auxiliary member are:
The daily recitation of the Rosary.
The daily recitation of the prayers contained in the Legion prayer leaflet called the "Tessera."
Are these Prayers offered for the legion of Mary?
No, these prayers are offered for the intentions of our Blessed Lady.
Why does the Legion of Mary not require that these prayers be offered for the intentions of the legion?
It is the aim of the Legion to foster and spread devotion to Mary and this is done by asking the auxiliary members to offer these prayers daily for Our Blessed Lady to do with as she sees fit. The Legion feels that in the disposal of these treasures, Our Blessed Mother will have regard for the needs of the Legion of Mary.
If one has already promised to say a Daily Rosary for a certain intention is it necessary to say another one?
No, persons whose daily rosary is firmly bound to particular intentions may become auxiliary members without saying an additional Legion rosary.
What advantages are there to being a Auxiliary Member?
Auxiliary members share in all the prayers and works of the thousands of active members throughout the world.
After death they share in the thousands of Masses offered each November by all the Praesidia of the Legion of Mary throughout the world for the repose of the souls of all active and auxiliary members.
Auxiliary members gain all the indulgences attached to the saying of the Rosary and also to the aspirations and prayers included on the Tessera. For example, for each recitation of the first prayer, "Come Holy Ghost," there is an indulgence of five years and a plenary indulgence once a month under the usual conditions, if recited daily. For each recitation of the "Magnificat" on the second page of the leaflet, there is an indulgence of three years, and five years on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary or any Saturday, and a plenary indulgence once a month under the usual conditions is said daily.
What is the value of the Auxiliary Member to the Legion?
The auxiliaries offer the Legion the priceless backing of their prayers. Although they are not in the active ranks, nevertheless they play an essential part comparable to that of the ammunition workers and supply troops in the armed forces, without which the fighting forces are powerless.
How does one become an Auxiliary Member?
Auxiliary membership is effected by the entering of one's name on the roll of a Legion of Mary Praesidium (parish unit). At the end of a three month probation period the active members call on the Auxiliary to ascertain if the prayer obligation is being met. If so, the name is then entered on the roll of permanent auxiliary members.
Are there any meetings to attend?
No, the Auxiliary member is not obliged to attend any meetings, although it is customary for each Praesidium to plan a get-together once a year for its Auxiliary members so that they can get better acquainted with the Legion of Mary and what it is accomplishing.
Is there any age limit to membership?
No, persons of any age are eligible.
Does the obligation to say the prayers bind under pain of sin?
No, there would be no sin involved if one missed saying the prayers.
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