Conditions of Active & Auxiliary Membership
The Legion Of Mary is open to all
(a) faithfully practise their religion
(b) are animated by the desire to fulfil their role in the Church's apostolate of
bringing Christ to the world;
(c) are prepared to fulfil each and every duty which active membership of the Legion involves as described
"Legionary duty 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
daily recitation of the Catena;
Third, the performance of a substantial active legionary work, 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.”
Active Membership is divided into two
The Primary Degree: The Active Members -
This service consists in fulfilling the above mentioned
Higher Degree: The Praetorian Member
It comprises those who, in addition to the regular duties of active
(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
"Every praesidium which has a sense of
appreciation of the power of prayer will strive to possess a well-filled roll of auxiliary members. Consider the
generosity of these auxiliaries who have given up to the Legion part of the precious breathings of their souls.
What possibilities of sanctity are in them! The Legion is under infinite debt to them. That debt it can
beautifully repay by leading those auxillaries on to perfection." (Handbook Chapter 37:14)
This membership is open to everyone. It consists of those who are unable to
assume the duties of active membership, but who associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of
prayer in its name. This service need not be offered directly on behalf of the Legion. It will suffice to offer it
in honour of Our Blessed Lady.
Membership is divided into two degrees.
The Primary Degree: The Auxiliaries
This service consists in the daily recitation of the
prayers comprised in the tessera, namely:the invocation and prayer of the Holy Spirit, five decades of the
Rosary and the invocations which follow them, the Catena; and the concluding prayers.
Higher Degree: The Adjutorians
It 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.
Failure once or twice a week to fulfil the required conditions should not be regarded
as a notable failure in the duty of membership. An Office is not required from Religious who are not bound by their
rule to say one.
There are no age limits in the case of Auxiliary membership. Special appeal is
addressed to Priests and Religious to become Adjutorians. The Legion earnestly desires union with this consecrated
class, which has been specially deputed to lead lives of prayer and close intimacy with God, and which forms in the
Church a glorious power-station of spiritual energy.
All members are encouraged to subscribe to Maria Legionis magazine published by the
Philadelphia Senatus, Legion of Mary.
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