Pray for the extension of the Legion of Mary for thirteen days, from the feast of St. Bernadette (April 16) to the feast of St Louis Marie de Montfort (April 28)
The Akron Central Curia, part of the Cleveland Comitium, received through its Spiritual Director a thirteen-day prayer for extension of the Legion of Mary. The prayer, which begins this Thursday April 16th, is a prayer for the growth and strengthening of the Legion of Mary in our Diocese of Cleveland. The prayer has historical roots. The Legion of Mary came to France in 1940 with brand-new legionary Veronica O'Brien, who made the last boat to make the crossing from Ireland before the Nazi occupation of France, and who took shelter in the convent at Nevers (the convent of St. Bernadette). Connected not only to St. Bernadette but also to St. Louis Marie de Montfort, she founded 800 Praesidia. Here is the prayer: pray it beginning Thursday April 16 (the feast day of St. Bernadette) through Tuesday April 28 (the feast day of St. Louis Marie de Montfort).
Dear St. Bernadette, Chosen of Almighty God as a channel of His graces and blessings, we implore you to listen to our pleading prayers and place our petition in the hands of Holy Mother Mary so that she may place them at the feet of her beloved Son Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that He may look on us with mercy and compassion. Intercede for us then as we pray for the growth and strengthening of the Legion of Mary in our diocese.
O Ever-Virgin Mother of God and Mediatrix of All Graces, who art House of Gold, within which dwells Your Son, our Mediator Jesus Christ, we humbly beseech you to grant our requests for the growth and strengthening of your Legion for the salvation of souls. Keep us close to the Vicar of Your Son in the unity of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Church. Hear our prayer and grant this request we make to you.
St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, patron of the Legion of Mary, loving slave of Jesus in Mary, pray for us! Apostle for the end times, pray for us! Apostle of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us! Powerful intercessor before the throne of God, hear our prayer! May God grant that, through your example and intercession, those who make the Consecration find the Legion of Mary to be the answer to living it out, and that, all present legionaries be renewed in the spirit of their baptism and faithfully serve Jesus through Mary. We ask this in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ Who liveth and reigneth through the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
On Saturday, March 28th the Acies for the Cleveland Comitium was held at Mary Queen of Peace church in Cleveland. It was a beautiful ceremony as a large turnout was there to renew their Legionary promise, and to consecrate themselves in service to Mary in a "battle array". The church was beautiful, and was a perfect setting for a very moving service.
The best way to describe the Acies is that it is the most important Legion function of the year. During this ceremony we will consecrate ourselves to Mary by renewing our Legionary Promise, so that we may better work in union with her as we do our Legionary battle against the evils of this world. In this consecration we open our hearts to Mary, so that she may guide us and bless us through the year. It is said that one cannot be truly devoted to our Lady's legion if one does not attend this ceremony, as you will not have within you her spirit.
The particulars of this function can be found in the Legio Mariae handbook on page 173. This year's Acies will take place on March 28th at 12:30 PM at Mary Queen of Peace parish located at 4423 Pearl Road in Cleveland.
St. Raphael Parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe Praesidium, welcomes new member Kelly Roggenburk, who made her promise this week.
The Winter Function was held at St Ambrose Church and hosted by the "Our Lady of Joy" praesidium. The church, decorated to reflect the austerity of Advent, looked beautiful in simplicity. Legionaries celebrated mass together with the congregation followed by the recitation of the Legion prayers. Luncheon was graciously supplied courtesy of the Our Lady of Joy praesidium and their caterer, who provided her services at no cost. The day was one of thanksgiving and fellowship.
The Legion of Mary from St. Albert the Great parish visited three 4th grade PSR classes to speak of Our Blessed Mother and show them how to pray the rosary as well as how to make a rosary. Each student gets to take home his or her rosary along with a pamphlet of how to say the rosary. The children were very attentive and respectful. It was our privilege to share our love for Mary with them. We will be visiting the 4th grade class at St. Albert's School in May. Each class numbers approximately 30 students and this is our 3rd year participating in this mission. We received thank you cards from some of the students and I'm enclosing just one of many. - Sister Carrie Kercel
The Northeast Cleveland Curia Acies was hosted on Sunday, March 23, 2014 by Our Lady of Peace Parish in Cleveland. Many were inspired to witness well over 60 Legionaries from the east side of Cleveland renew their Legionary promises. The members of the Queen of Peace praesidium at the parish served as gracious hosts, including conducting a beautiful ceremony and holding a fine reception where delicious international foods and camaraderie were shared. Most noteworthy was the number of young Legionaries from Our Lady of Peace's two praesidia (below) who renewed their Legionary commitment.
Members of the Cleveland Comitium, Legion of Mary.