Legion Prayers

THE PRAYERS OF THE LEGION
 

The following are the prayers of the Legion of Mary, divided in the manner in which they are to be said at meetings. Privately recited, this order need not be followed. All these prayers are to be said daily by the auxiliary members. The sign of the cross, specified at the beginning and the end of each section of the prayers, has reference to the dividing up of the prayers. When the prayers are not divided up, the sign of the cross is to be made only at the very beginning and end.

1.  Prayers to be said at the opening of the meeting:

In the name of the Father, etc.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

V/. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.

R/. And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray

God our Father, pour out the gifts of your Holy Spirit on the world. You sent the Spirit on your Church to begin the teaching of the gospel: now let the Spirit continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

V/. You, O Lord, will open my lips.

R/. And my tongue shall announce your praise.

V/. Incline unto my aid, O God.

R/. O Lord, make haste to help me.

V/. Glory be to the Father, etc.

R/. As it was in the beginning, etc.

(Then follow five decades of the rosary with the Hail, Holy Queen!)

V/. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
  O God, whose only-begotten Son, by his life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech you, that meditating upon these mysteries in the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

V/. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

R/. Have mercy on us.

V/. Immaculate Heart of Mary

R/. Pray for us.

V/. St. Joseph

R/. Pray for us.

V/. St. John the Evangelist

R/. Pray for us.

V/. St. Louis-Marie de Montfort

R/. Pray for us.


In the name of the Father, etc

2. The Catena Legionis:  (to be said mid-way through the meeting; and daily by every legionary.)


Antiphon. 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?

(Sign of the cross) My soul glorifies the Lord,*

my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.

He looks on his servant in her lowliness;*

henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

The Almighty works marvels for me.*

Holy his name!

His mercy is from age to age,*

on those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength*

and scatters the proud-hearted.

He casts the mighty from their thrones*

and raises the lowly

He fills the starving with good things,*

sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, his servant,*

remembering his mercy,

the mercy promised to our fathers,*

to Abraham and his sons for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

Antiphon. 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 ?

V/. O Mary, conceived without sin.

R/. Pray for us who have recourse to you.

Let us pray
  O Lord Jesus Christ, our mediator with the Father, who has been pleased to appoint the most Blessed Virgin, your Mother, to be our mother also, and our mediatrix with you, mercifully grant that whoever comes to you seeking your favors may rejoice to receive all of them through her. Amen.

3.  The Legion Prayer: (to be said at the conclusion of the meeting. It is set out in a form which will facilitate reading.)

In the name of the Father, etc.

We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God; despise not our prayers in our necessities, but ever deliver us from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

V/. (Invocation appropriate to praesidium)

R/. Pray for us.

V/. Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces

R/. Pray for us.

V/. St. Michael and St. Gabriel

R/. Pray for us.

V/. All you heavenly Powers, Mary’s Legion of Angels

R/. Pray for us.

V/. St. John the Baptist

R/. Pray for us.

V/. Saints Peter and Paul

R/. Pray for us.

The following is to be said in unison down to the first Amen; after that by the priest.

Confer, O Lord, on us,
who serve beneath the standard of Mary,
that fullness of faith in you and trust in her,
To which it is given to conquer the world.
Grant us a lively faith, animated by charity,
which will enable us to perform all our actions
from the motive of pure love of you,
and ever to see you and serve you in our neighbour;
a faith, firm and immovable as a rock,
through which we shall rest tranquil and steadfast
amid the crosses, toils and disappointments of life;
a courageous faith which will inspire us
to undertake and carry out without hesitation
great things for your glory and for the salvation of souls;
a faith which will be our Legion’s Pillar of Fire -
To lead us forth united -
To kindle everywhere the fires of divine love-
To enlighten those who are in darkness and in the shadow of death- 
To inflame those who are lukewarm-
To bring back life to those who are dead in sin;
and which will guide our own feet in the way of peace;
so that – the battle of life over -
Our Legion may reassemble,
without the loss of any one,
in the kingdom of your love and glory. Amen.

May the souls of our departed legionaries
and the souls of all the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

[Then follows immediately the blessing of the priest; or if no priest be present: – In the name of the Father, etc.]

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