- Active members
- Auxiliary (praying) members.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP
membership is open to all Catholic men and women, those over 18 years of age in Senior, and those under 18 in Junior Praesidia.
The only obligation is the willingness to fulfill each and every duty which membership in the Legion involves.
- Attendance at a weekly meeting of the Praesidium.
- Daily recitation of the Catena (Legion prayer).
- The performance of a substantial assigned apostolic work weekly.
- An obligation not to discuss with others,
matters learned at the meeting or in connection with the work.
REASONS FOR BECOMING AN ACTIVE MEMBER
- To satisfy the individual's obligation incurred through the Sacrament of Confirmation, to fulfill his duty as a soldier
- The group apostolic of Christian believers happily corresponds to a human and Christian need and at the same time signifies
the communion and unity of the Church in Christ. For this reason the faithful should participate in the apostolate by way
of united effort.
- The laity derive the right and duty to the apostolate from their union
with Christ, the Head; incorporated into Christ’s mystical body through Baptism and strengthened by the power of the
Holy Spirit through Confirmation, they are assigned to the apostolate by the Lord himself.
ADVANTAGES OF BEING AN ACTIVE MEMBER
- The assurance that one is putting forth his best effort in developing his own spiritual life.
- The knowledge that one is furthering the cause of Christ and his Blessed Mother.
- The feeling that one is making a worthwhile investment
of his time on earth “by laying up treasures in heaven where neither rust nor thieves break into steal.”
Auxiliary membership in the Legion of Mary is open to priests, religious
and the laity. Auxiliary members do not undertake the active apostolate of weekly meetings and weekly two hour assignment.
Auxiliary membership is subdivided into two degrees:
- the primary, whose members shall be simply styled auxiliaries; and
- the higher, whose members shall be more particularly designated Adjutores
Legionis or Adjutorians.
Auxiliary service consists in the daily recitation of the prayers
comprised in the tessera, namely; the invocation and prayer of the Holy Spirit; five decades of the rosary and the invocations
which follow them; the Catena; and the prayers described as "concluding prayers". Persons who are already saying a daily rosary
for any intention whatsoever may become auxiliaries without obligation to say an additional rosary.
Adjutorian membership comprises those who will (a) recite daily all
the prayers of the tessera and in addition (b) agree to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion daily, and to recite daily
an Office approved by the Church.
Are the prayers offered to 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 to the intention 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.
How does one become an auxiliary member?
Auxiliary membership is affected by the entering of
one’s name on the roll of the Legion of Mary Praesidium (Parish Unit). At the end of 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.