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"The Legion of Mary presents the true face of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII
There are two types of membership in the Legion of Mary:
Active membership requires from each Legionary:
First, the punctual and regular attendance at the weekly
meetings of the praesidium, and the furnishing there of
an adequate and audible report on the work done;
Second, the daily recitation of the Catena (list of prayers);
Third, the performance of a substantial active legionary
work (works), in the spirit of faith, and in union with Mary,
in such fashion that in those worked for and in one’s
fellow-members, the Person of our Lord is once again
seen and served by Mary, his Mother;
Fourth, absolute respect for the confidential nature of
many matters discussed at the meeting or learned in
connection with the legionary work.
Auxiliary membership is subdivided into two degrees:
(a) the primary, whose members shall be simply styled
(b) the higher, whose members shall be more particularly
designated Adjutores Legionis or Adjutorians.
There are no age limits in the case of auxiliary membership.
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 Tessera (prayers),
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.
This is the right wing of the praying Legion, adjutorian, 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.