The Legion Apostolate

The Legion Apostolate Bringing Spiritual Nourishment To The Multitude


Legion Holiday Prayer


Composed by Frank Duff


Mary our darling Mother,

For months and months we have been busy with you

In your maternal duties to your other children,

Now holidays have come.

This must not mean that we withdraw ourselves from you

For that would truly be a folly and no holiday,

For you are our Sweetness and the Cause of our joy.

So our little group which is going to/has come to (name of place)

Declare to you most fervently that, no less on holiday than at home,

We belong entirely to you,

 Likewise with all the yearning of our heart, we invite you, Mother,

To come along with us to be our more than honoured guest

Around whom our days of pleasure will revolve.

Grant us for these days the privilege of having you in our care

 Reversing the normal role where you look after us.

Of course, we count on you to bring your precious Child

And we know that dear St. Joseph will be with you also.

 Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

 We promise that we will do our very utmost

 To give you a happy holiday away from the everyday cares

And by our behaviour to afford you consolation

For the agonies of that other journey into Egypt

Which you undertook on our account so many years ago.



The Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a worldwide association of Catholics who spread the Gospel of Our Lord under the powerful Leadership of

Our Blessed Lady.

It takes as its model , Mary Immaculate and through her its members seek to present Christ to everyone. Under ecclesiastical guidance its objective is the spiritual formation of all confirmed members of the church through prayer and the lay apostolate so as to realise their vocation to holiness.

 Our weekly meetings begin with the invocation of the Holy Spirit followed by the recitation of the rosary. In an atmosphere of prayer, the business of good organisation is interspersed with spiritual reading, guidance, talks and discussion.  A main feature of the meeting are the reports of apostolic work assigned to the members. A new handbook, developed to contain many references to every document since the Vatican Council is studied so as to provide members with a complete understanding of the lay apostolate and a true devotion to Mary. The meeting lasts no longer than an hour and a half.

The Legion undertakes many forms of apostolic work directed by the Parish Priest and is an extension of his ministry into the parish.  This work takes up no more than two hours of ones free time.  It can range from home to home visitation, census work, visitation of the lapsed, care of the sick, the elderly and the housebound, hospital visits, prison visits and catechetical instruction.  It runs Catholic enquiry groups, youth groups, discussion groups, rosary circles, retreats and pilgrimages. It reaches out to marginalized in our society in a wide variety of enterprises.  In all its work it aims to raise awareness in people of the spiritual life seeking at all times to see Christ in everyone.

Both women and men over the age of eighteen can become members. Initially a period of three months is used to ascertain if they would desire full membership. New members can participate fully in all social and apostolic activities of the Legion. A promise to the Holy Spirit to seek his help and guidance in their spiritual development is taken by each new member after three months.

As a confirmed Catholic you have been given the gifts by the Holy Spirit. By joining the Legion of Mary, you will, through its system of prayer and apostolic work, grow your vocation to holiness. Mary the Mother of God, and spouse of the Holy Spirit will through her Legion be with you every step of your journey. Come and join your efforts with hers. 

"The Legion is the lay substitute for a religious order, the translation of the Christian idea of perfection into the lives of lay folk, the extension of Christ's Kingdom into the secular world of today!

 The Legion of Mary aspires after our Blessed Mother's profound humility, perfect obedience, continual prayer, altogether spotless purity, heroic patience, heavenly wisdom, self-sacrificing courageous love of God, and above all faith.



The Prayers of the Legion of Mary

Opening Prayers

(Make the Sign of the Cross)
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, O Lord, 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.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

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.

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.

Make the Sign of the Cross)
In the name of the Father, etc.

The Catena Legionis

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?

(Make the Sign of the Cross)
v. My soul glorifies the Lord.*
R. My spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
v. He looks on His servant in her lowliness;*
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

R. The Almighty works marvels for me.*
Holy His name!
v. His mercy is from age to age,*
on those who fear Him.

R. He puts forth His arm in strength*
and scatters the proud-hearted.
v. He casts the mighty from their thrones*
and raises the lowly.

R. He fills the starving with good things,*
sends the rich away empty.

v. He protects Israel His servant,*
remembering His mercy,
R. The mercy promised to our fathers,*
to Abraham and his sons for ever.

v. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit..
R. 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 favours may rejoice to receive all of them through her. Amen.

Concluding Prayers

Make the Sign of the Cross
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. Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces
or Invocation appropriate to Praesidium)
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.

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.

Make the Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, etc.





The Cause for Beatification has been introduced for three legionaries: The Servant of God, Frank Duff (1889-1980), Founder of the Legion, who attended the Second Vatican Council as a Lay Observer; Venerable Edel Quinn (1907-1944), Legion Envoy to East Africa; and the Servant of God, Alfie Lambe (1932-1959), Legion Envoy to South America.


Prayer For Frank Duff

God Our Father

You inspired your servant Frank Duff with a profound insight into the mystery of your Church, and of the place of Mother of Jesus in this mystery.

 In his immense desire to share this insight with others and in full dependence on Mary he formed the Legion to be a sign of her maternal love for the world and a means of enlisting all her children in the Church's evangelising work.


We thank you father for the graces conferred on him and for the benefits accruing to the Church from his courageous and shinning faith. With confidence we beg you that through his intercession you grant the petition we lay before you........


We ask too that if it be according with your will, the holiness of his life may be acknowledged by the Church for the glory of your name. 

Through Christ Our Lord Amen


Favours attributed to Frank Duff's intercession should be notified 
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Prayer Edel Quinn

Eternal Father, I thank you for the grace you gave to your servant Edel Quinn, of striving to live always in the joy of your presence, for the radiant charity infused into her heart by your Holy Spirit, and for the strength she drew from the Bread of Life to labour until death for the glory of your name, in loving dependence on Mary, Mother of the Church.

Confident,O Merciful Father, that her life was pleasing to you, I beg you grant me, through her intercession, the special favour I now implore ................., and to make known by miracles the glory she enjoys in Heaven, so that she may be glorified also by your Church on earth, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.



Prayers for the Beatification of Servant of God Alfie Lambe


O God, who by your infinite mercy inflamed the heart of your servant, Alphonsus Lambe with an ardent love for you and for Mary, our Mother; a love which revealed itself in a life of intense labour, prayer and sacrifice for the salvation of souls, grant, if it be your will, that we may obtain, by his intercession, what we cannot obtain by our own merits. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen



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B.A. Howson | Reply 14.08.2016 13:54

I love this page, especially all the prayers I said as a school girl and teenager when I spent so many years in the LOM and all the work we did.

Dot Cully 15.08.2016 13:01

Thank you for your valuable comments much appreciated.

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