September 7

Legion of Mary, Roman Catholic Church

"Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?" (Antiphon from the Catena Legionis daily prayer)

The first meeting of the Legion of Mary took place in Dublin, Ireland, September 7, 1921, founded by Catholic layman Frank Duff as an organization for women.  In 1929, the Legion opened to men, and in 1931, it came to the United States. There are now over 3 million members worldwide. The Legion is organized along the lines of the Roman Army; members belong to local Praesidia which meet weekly for prayer and planning, with three administrative levels between them and the Concilium in Dublin ( All Praesidia have a priest as spiritual director, but otherwise the Legion and its officers are Catholic laity. Each member promises to say daily prayers, attend weekly meetings, and perform two hours of service per week. The purpose of the service is both to help the church and community and to fulfill members' baptismal promises by performing the traditional Works of Mercy, both corporal (feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the imprisoned, visit the sick, bury the dead) and spiritual (admonish the sinner, instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, comfort the sorrowful, bear wrongs patiently, forgive all injuries, pray for the living and the dead). The image of Mary on the Legion's prayer booklet shows her succoring souls in Purgatory.  (Information from Wikipedia. Image from Pilar,   

Also celebrated this date:
bulletVigil of the Nativity of Our Lady (Roman Catholic Church)
bulletMajke Božje od Staroga grada, Stari grad, Hvar, Zadar, Dalmatia, Croatia. Return of statue from Pag.
bulletVirgen de Regla, Regla, Havana, Cuba. Procession.
bulletNuestra Señora de Pindal, Pindal, Loja, Ecuador
bulletNotre-Dame des Brebières, Albert, Somme, Picardy, France. Start of novena.
bulletNotre Dame du Saint Cordon, Valenciennes, Nord, France. Miracle, 1008; feast Sept. 8.
bulletNotre Dame du Coudray, Bain-de-Bretagne, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France. Restored church dedicated, 1941.
bulletNotre Dame de Trédos, Riols, l'Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Chapel blessed, 1709.
bulletMaria Limbach, Eltmann, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany. Baroque church inaugurated, 1755. Main pilgrimage Aug. 15.
bulletMadonna di Superga, Turin, Italy. Invasion repulsed, 1706. 
bulletMadonna della Torre, Sovere, Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy (Madonna of the Tower). Fresco crowned, 1919.
bulletMadonna di Roverano, Borghetto di Vara, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy. Annual festa and miraculous blooming of olive trees.
bulletMaria Vergine delle Grazie, Castel del Piano, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy. 1400s painting crowned, 1771; palio Sept. 8.
bulletSanta Maria Incoronata, Ancona, Marche, Italy (Crowned St. Mary). Apparition and healing, 1470.
bulletMadonna del Boden, Ornavasso, Viterbo, Latium, Italy. Miracle, 1528. Festa Sept. 8.
bulletMadonna del Pascolo, Rome, Italy (Our Lady of the Pasture). Icon moved to church, 1719. 
bulletMaria Santissima della Libera, Ischia, Napoli, Campania, Italy
bulletMadonna della Purità, Naples, Italy. Painting crowned, 1724.
bulletMadonna del Lauro, Scalea, Cosanza, Calabria, Italy. Statue crowned, 1987; feast Sept. 8.
bulletMadonna Nera, Tindari, Messina, Sicily, Italy (Black Madonna)
bulletMadonna della Lavina, Cerami, Enna, Sicily, Italy. Procession.
bulletNossa Senhora das Neves, Peneda, Arcos de Valdevez, Viana do Castelo, Minho, Norte, Portugal. Candlelight procession.
bulletSeñora de la Natividad, Iquitos, Maynas, Loreto, Peru
bulletMatka Boża Sejneńska, Sejny, Podlaskie, Poland. c1400 statue crowned, 1975. Feast Sept. 8.
bulletNossa Senhora das Neves, Peneda, Arcos de Valdevez, Viana do Castelo, Minho, Norte, Portugal (Our Lady of the Snows)
bulletSanta María, Yermo, Cartes, Besaya, Cantabria, Spain
bulletVirgen de la Soterraña, Nieva, Segovia, Castile and Leon, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de Carrión, Alburquerque, Badajoz, Estremadura, Spain. Romería.
bulletVirgen de las Flores, Bodonal de la Sierra, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain. Procession, fireworks. Official feast Sept. 8.
bulletNuestra Señora de la Consolación, Herrera del Duque, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain. Coronation anniversary; feast Sept. 8.
bulletVirgen de la Estrella, Villa del Río, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de los Remedios, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Statue crowned, 1997. Fiesta Sept. 8.
bulletMadonna d'Arla, Sonvico, Ticino, Switzerland. Chapel blessed, 1919.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly