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Lay apostolate

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolate made up from laypeople and consecrated religious who exercise a ministry within the Catholic Church and under the guidence of the priest cooperate with ecclesiastical authorities.

 

The apostolate

They aims to establish personal contact through direct response. (See "Legio Mariae Handbook" by Frank Duff, page 24)

Praesidia are usually based in parishes.

APOSTOLATE IN THE PARISH

Encourage people to go to Holy Mass 

Make visits to health, retirement and nursing homes

Visit Prisons

Evangelise in the street apostolate

Go door to door 

Conducting religious instruction classes

Recitation of the rosary at wakes and funerals

For senior legionaries.altar work, keeping of the church clean  stewarding at Church services, Mass serving, etc.

Oversecretary praesidia support special groups such as street girls, homeless people, drug addicts, AIDS patients, prisoners and released prisoners.

"One cannot fail to stress the evangelizing action of the family in the evangelizing apostolate of the laity. At different moments in the Church's history and also in the Second Vatican Council, the family has well deserved the beautiful name of 'domestic Church'. This means that there should be found in every Christian family the various aspects of the entire Church. Furthermore, the family, like the Church, ought to be a place where the Gospel is transmitted and from which the Gospel radiates. In a family which is conscious of this mission, all the members evangelize and are evangelized. The parents not only communicate the Gospel to their children, but from their children they can themselves receive the same Gospel as deeply lived by them. And such a family becomes the evangelizer of many other families, and of the neighbourhood of which it forms part. Families resulting from a mixed marriage also have the duty of proclaiming Christ to the children in the fullness of the consequences of a common Baptism; they have moreover the difficult task of becoming builders of unity." (EN 71)

Extracts from the Legion of Marys handbook

The apostolate of the Legion of Mary

1. The dignity of the Legion Apostolate:

The dignity of the apostolate, to which the Legion calls its members, and his Significance for the church can not be better expressed than with the following:

Explanations of the Church Magisterium:

"The duty and the right to the apostolate have the laity by virtue of their union with Christ, the head. For through baptism the mystical body of Christ

integrated and strengthened by confirmation with the power of the Holy Spirit,they are entrusted with the apostolate by the Lord Himself. They become one

royal priesthood and a holy people (see 1 Peter 2: 4-10)consecrated so that they offer spiritual offerings through all their works and

bear witness to Christ everywhere on earth. By the sacraments, before especially the Holy Eucharist, that love is communicated and nourished, that

is, so to speak, the soul of the entire apostolate. "(" Apostolicam actuositatem " - "Decree on the Lay Apostolate" 3)

"Already Pius XII. said, 'The faithful, and more precisely the laity, are standing up the extreme front of the life of the church; the church is for her

Life principle of human society. That's why they and they have to gain an ever deeper awareness that they are not just part of the church,

but the church is, that is, the community of believers on earth under the leadership of the pope as the common head and the one with him

united bishops. They are the church ... '"(" Christifideles laici "-"Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II of

1988 on the mission of the laity 20 years after the Second Vatican Council "