The Legion of Mary
Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in a battle array? (song 6:10)
The Virgin’s name was Mary (Lk 1:27)
The Legion of Mary! What a perfectly chosen name. (Pope Pius XI)
The Legion of Mary is an association of Catholics 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 waged by the Church against the world and its evil powers. The Legionaries hope to render themselves worthy of their heavenly queen by their loyalty, their virtues, and courage. It is therefore organized on the model of an army.
The Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff on September 7th 1921 in Dublin. He guided its worldwide expansion with heroic dedication. He attended the 2nd Vatican Council as a lay observer. The Legion of Mary was founded well before the 2nd Vatican Council (1962-1968), yet documents of the 2nd Vatican Council correspond to the Legion’s concept of the lay Apostolate.
The primary object of the Legion of Mary is to increase the personal sanctification of its members through the imitation of the virtues of Mary, to foster a deeper devotion to Mary among all people and to undertake various apostolic works.
The Legion of Mary Nicosia, Cyprus was started on October 28th 1991 with Sister Antonia John, SJA as the first president. Now there are three praesidia in Nicosia and one praesidium in Limassol. Currently, in Nicosia there are 45 active members and 40 auxiliary members. In Limassol, there are 25 active members and 15 auxiliary members.
Legionaries are under the guidance of a Spiritual Director, who is appointed to the office by the parish priest. Members meet once a week, on Sunday at 11:00am, for prayer, planning and study of the Legio Mariae Handbook. Then they do two hours of apostolic work each week in pairs. Apostolic works include:
- Home visitation
- Prison ministry
- Visitation of the sick in the hospitals and homes for the aged
- Religious education/catechism
- Block Rosary (bringing the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary to every home and recitation of the Rosary)
- Recruitment of new members
- Meeting other spiritual needs of the parish
The work of the Legion of Mary is a wonderful opportunity to open oneself and one’s life to the needs of God’s people… like every army the legion looks for heroism and sacrifice: “United we stand, divided we fall”
[Information based on the Legio Mariae Handbook]
Maribel M. Seno – email@example.com Our Mother of Perpetual Help praesidium
Aniceta Tarcuan – firstname.lastname@example.org Queen of the Most Holy Rosary praesidium
Rose Severo – email@example.com Mediatrix of All Graces praesidium