Legion of Mary
On September 7th, 1921, 15 people in Dublin Ireland met in order to make a plan of how to best serve God in the form of Lay Apostolate. After invoking the Holy Spirit and praying the Rosary they decided to visit the patients of the Dublin Union Hospital, where many were poor, friendless, and older. Additionally, they decided to hold meetings weekly.
This was the Legion’s inception with its characteristic features of prayer, definite apostolic work and a weekly meeting. By trusting in the Holy Spirit and through Mary’s power of evangelization, this form of apostolate has spread throughout the world. The Legion operated in more than 1,900 dioceses and it’s estimated that there are more than 3 million active legionaries.
The Mission of the Legion of Mary
The object of the Legion is the sanctification of its members by prayer and active apostolic work in union with Mary. The Legion prayers include a petition to the Holy Spirit, the Rosary, the Magnificat, and a concluding prayer for a faith, which will be a Pillar of Fire:
· To kindle the fires of Divine Love, everywhere.
· To enlighten those who are in the darkness and in the shadow of death.
· To inflame those who are lukewarm.
· To bring back to life those who are dead in sin and to guide our own feet in the Way of Peace.
The Role and Spirit of the Legion
The Legion of Mary is an international Catholic lay movement, which aims to collaborate in the Church’s mission of evangelization. Its members engage in the direct religious apostolate, especially towards those most remote from the Church’s influence. In the spiritual formation of its members the Legion places much emphasis on the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ, on seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and on the performance of apostolic work in union with Mary. Legionaries place themselves at the service of Mary, and wish to help her in her mission as “Mother of the Church”
Here at Blessed Seelos Church, the Legion of Mary meets every Wednesday at 7:00pm for prayer and study. The members are dedicated to bring Holy Communion to the sick and visit the elderly in nursing homes. They also pray the Rosary before the 9:30 AM Mass. If you feel the call to serve others through this beautiful ministry, we invite you to call us for more information (504) 943-5566 or (504)943-2456