MEMBERSHIP

 

ACTIVE MEMBERS:
Faithful Catholics who are able to attend a hour & a half meeting each week and do two hours active spiritual work prescribed by the Praesidium.

 

 AUXILIARY MEMBERSHIP

This membership is open to priests, religious and the laity. It consists of those who are unable to assume the duties of active membership, but who associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer in its name.

Auxiliary membership is subdivided into two degrees:--

  1. The primary, whose members shall be simply styled auxiliaries; and
  2. The higher, whose members shall be more particularly designated Adjutores Legionis or Adjutorians.

There is no age limits in the case of auxiliary membership.

This service need not be offered directly on behalf of the Legion. It will suffice to offer it in honor of Our Blessed Lady.

 THE PRIMARY DEGREE: THE AUXILIARIES

This degree, named the auxiliaries, is the left wing of the Legion’s praying army. Its service consists in the daily recitation of the prayers comprised in the tesserae, 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”. These may be divided throughout the day, as convenient.

Persons who are already saying a daily rosary for any intention whatsoever may become auxiliaries without obligation to say an additional rosary.

  

THE HIGHER DEGREE: THE ADJUTORIANS

This is the right wing of the praying Legion. It comprises those who will (a) recite daily all the prayers of the tesserae and in addition (b) agree to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion daily, and to recite daily an office approved by the Church.

Accordingly adjutorian membership is to the ordinary auxiliary membership what the praetorian membership is to the ordinary active membership. The additional duties are the same. Failure once or twice a week to fulfill the required conditions would not be regarded as a notable failure in the duty of membership. An Office is not required from religious who are not bound by their Rule to say one.

Special appeal is addressed to priests and religious to become adjutorians. The Legion earnestly desires union with this consecrated class, which has been specially deputed to lead lives of prayer and close intimacy with God, and which forms in the Church a glorious power-station of spiritual energy. Effectively linked up with that power-station, legionary machinery would pulsate with an irresistible force.

  
AUXILIARY FUNCTION:
Held once a year to thank our auxiliaries for their prayerful help which helps all the active members all over the world, especially in the troubled parts of the world, to bring spiritual help and comfort to those who need it.


ACIES:
The ACIES is the great centeral annual function of the Legion when we reconsecrate ourselves to Our Blessed Mother, Queen of the Legion, from her to receive strength and blessing for another year. This event takes place around March 25th, the feast of the Annunciacion. All active and auxiliaries are invited to attend.


ANNUAL GENERAL REUNION: The Annual General Reunion of members is held in December at a time near as possible to the feast of the Immaculate Conception.


PRAESIDIUM:
The Praesidium is the smallest unit of the Legion of Mary that is with the parish with the permission of the parish priest. Each praesidium, through their next higher council, is affiliated to the Concilium in Ireland.


CURIA:
When two or more praesidia have been established in a town, city, or district a governing body called a curia shall be set up.


COMITIUM:
Where two or more curia exist certain power of superintendence shall be styled a comitium. Praesidia may also be attached to a comitium. The Seattle Comitium governs the Legion of Mary’s 9 Curiae and 13 Praesidia in the State of Washington.


SENATUS:
The senatus is the Seattle Comitium’s next higher Council, which can include several states, and they have governing superintendence over the praesidia, curiae, and the Seattle Comitium.
The next higher council of the Seattle Comitium is the San Francisco Senatus. The San Francisco includes Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, and the Northern parts of California and Nevada.


CONCILIUM LEGIONIS MARIAE:
All praesidia, curiae, comitia, and senatus in the world are under the governing body of our world wide headquarters in Ireland called the Concilium Legionis Mariae.

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