On Saturday October 11, the Acies was held at Saint Ambrose church in Brunswick. According to the handbook, the Acies is normally supposed to be held near the Feast of the Annunciation in March, but the Covid pandemic forced us to move it a safer date. The event was well attended with around 70 people there, as we renewed our consecration to our Blessed Mother as members of her army in "Battle Array".
Saturday September 5, 2020 our Cleveland West Comitium held its second annual Eucharistic Procession. Words cannot describe the joy we all felt processing through downtown Cleveland with Our Eucharistic Lord, but Father David Baugh, spiritual director to the Cleveland East Curia, expressed our sentiments well in a message he sent the day after the event:
Thank you and all the others who brought together a very special event for our diocese, our city, and the Legion of Mary. It was truly an historic event. I do not know how long since the Blessed Sacrament was carried through our city, other than at local parish celebrations, not since the last Eucharistic Conference (c. 1936). In the Scriptures Jesus said "I have other towns I must visit" Yesterday He came in a special way to our town, a public reminder that HE is for ALL people "The Word" that we must hear. The turnout was very impressive. They came from all parts of our diocese. I hope they bring this back to their parishes. Of all we might do for our faith, nothing compares to focusing on Our Eucharistic Lord. Legionaries have not been able to do their "work" since the beginning of the Pandemic. Yesterday the Legions did "The Work." Evangelism begins and ends with Jesus. May this be a special emphasis to the Legion's work of evangelization. We started small last year. With Fr. Kevin [Estabrook] and all who assisted we took a giant step forward this year. May this become an annual and growing demonstration of the Center of our faith to the cities of our diocese. It lovingly counteracts so many anti-Christian marches, riots, and demonstrations. Our thanks to our Blessed Mother -- and all her helpers -- for bringing this about.
Gratefully and prayerfully,
There was an article posted in the Cleveland TLM Friends blog about the procession. You can read it by clicking here.
The 2019 General Annual Reunion was held on December 8th at Mary Queen of Peace. In addition to the Legion Prayers, Father Kevin Estabrook gave a presentation on being "Warriors for Mary". Thank you to Mary Queen of Peace for hosting this wonderful event.
ROSARY COAST TO COAST NEAR YOU
On Sunday October 13, 2019 promptly at 4:00 the whole United States and part of Europe will pray the rosary. Locally, you can pray with the faithful at:
- Mary Queen of Peace Parish (4423 Pearl Road, Cleveland)
- St. Raphael Parish (525 Dover Center Road)
- St. Joseph, Avon Lake
- Holy Trinity, Avon
- Sts. Robert and William, Euclid
-St. Sebastian, Akron
and many others! For more information, and to find a coast-to-coast near you, go to https://rosarycoasttocoast.com/rosary-coast-to-coast-map/
After Eucharistic exposition, the Legion processed down East 9th following the Legion Standard depicting the Holy Spirit (as a Dove), Mary and the Whole World! Bishop Perez shared words of encouragement after the procession. Rosary and Legion prayers were prayed. It was an inspiring day, filled with our Lady and the Wonderful Counselor, the Holy Spirit.
The Legion Standard
Bishop Perez Addressing the Legion of Mary
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
The Legion of Mary Altar; uniform around the world
The Legion faithful heading out to process!
Click on the Link for a full set of photographs of the event!
From the Legion of Mary Concilium - An approved addition to the Daily prayers!
Legionaries should now add St. Raphael in the Concluding Legion Prayers, along with St. Michael and St. Gabriel.
On June first, eighty-four legionaries attended the Legion of Mary Congress co-hosted by the Cleveland West Comitium, the Akron Central Curia, and the Cleveland East Curia. The daylong event was held at Mary Queen Peace Church in Cleveland. The day started with Holy Mass, and proceeded on with five discussion sessions. Each session focused on the legionary goal of converting those outside the Church to the Catholic Faith. There was emphasis on personal growth in holiness, and a call to action in our world so desperately in need of hope. Attendees enjoyed breakfast and lunch, and became acquainted with other legionaries throughout Northeast Ohio. Father Baugh, the spiritual director of the Cleveland East Curia, and Father Brown, the spiritual director of Mary Queen of Peace praesidium, celebrated Mass and led the attendees in prayer. Father Baugh gave inspiring opening and closing talks, asking if we had all the food needed to feed the world, would we not work as hard as we could to get that food to starving people? And since we have the bread of life needed to feed the spiritually starving, what keeps us from working to our maximum every day to spread the message of Jesus Christ? As usual, the day began and ended with the Legion prayers, as attendees asked for the blessing and protection of our Blessed Mother. Our next Comitium-wide event will be a Eucharistic Procession at St. John Cathedral in downtown Cleveland on September 7 at noon.
Members of the Cleveland Comitium, Legion of Mary.