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