VEXILLUM LEGIONIS THE STANDARD OF THE LEGION
The Vexillum Legionis
is an adaptation of the standard of the Roman Legion. The eagle which
surmounted the standard is replaced by the Dove, the emblem of the Holy
Spirit. Beneath the Dove a cross-bar bears the inscription "Legio
Mariae" (Legion of Mary). Intermediate between cross-bar and staff (and
joined to the former by a rose and a lily) is an oval frame bearing a
representation of the Immaculate Conception (the Miraculous Medal). The
staff is set in a globe which, for use on a table, stands on a square
base. The whole design conveys the idea that the world is to be
conquered by the Holy Spirit acting through Mary and her children.
- A representation of the vexillum should appear on the
official notepaper of the Legion.
- A model of the vexillum should stand on the table at
meetings about six inches (15 cm.) in advance of, and about six inches
(15 cm.) to the right of the statue. The table model customarily used
is inclusive of the base, 12¾ inches (32 cm.) in
height. See photograph . Vexilla in metal and onyx may be obtained from
Note - scale
reference only applies the vexillum as pictured in the
printed handbook and not to the picture seen here
A large model (as shown in photograph) will be required for
processional purposes and for use at the Acies. It should be about
6½ feet (2 m.) high, of which about 2 feet (60 cm.)
would represent the length of staff below the globe. The remainder
should be made according to the design (see picture below) on the scale
of one foot per inch (12 to l). The staff fits into a base (not part of
the vexillum) to hold it erect at the Acies and when not being carried.
This large vexillum is not supplied by the Concilium but can easily be
made and painted locally. Councils and praesidia desiring more
elaborate equipment will, no doubt, have recourse to materials other
than wood. The design affords much scope for artistic treatment.
- The table vexillum is copyright and may be produced only
with specific permission of the Concilium.
of the Legion