A leaflet called the Tessera,
containing the Prayers of the Legion and bearing a reproduction of the
Legion Picture, shall be issued to every member, active and auxiliary.
In Latin, Tessera had the particular
meaning of a tally or token which was divided among friends in order
that they or their descendants might always recognise each other. As a
military expression, it signified the square tablet upon which the
watchword was written and circulated through the Roman Legion.
The Legion of Mary applies the word
Tessera to the leaflet containing its prayers and picture. Here, too,
are contained the ideas of (a) universal circulation in the Legion; (b)
the setting out of the true watchword of the Legion - its prayers; and (c) a token of unity and fraternity between
all legionaries, wherever found. Incidentally this same idea of
universality applies to the dozen other Latin terms used to designate
features of the system. These so aid intercommunication as to be quite
indispensable. The objection that they constitute a foreign element in
the Legion is inadmissible. They have so taken root as now to be
legionary words. It would do grave injustice to the Legion to strip it
of such useful and distinctive plumage.