Sts. Martha and Mary Parish, 1870 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E., Mississauga, Ontario, CanadaSts. Martha and Mary Parish, 1870 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada [include_top.htm]

The Legion of Mary

[The link bar feature is not available in this web]

List of Officers - 2007   

Spiritual Director
Fr. Darrin Corkum

Ira Cole

Gwen Lee

Stephanie Strachan

Treasurer, (acting)
Ira Cole


Our Activities and Beliefs

  • Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith?

  • Do you want to enrich your prayer life?
  • Do you want to develop close Catholic friendships?
  • Do you want to grow closer to Jesus and His Mother?

Then come as a guest to a Legion of Mary meeting!
There's no obligation!


Cover of the Legion of Mary Handbook.The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world.

It has been active in the United States and Canada since 1931, has been approved by the last 6 Popes, and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council. The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members.


Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service. Works include door-to-door evangelization, parishioner visitation, prison ministry, visitation of the sick or aged, crowd contact, religious education, visiting the newly baptized, Pilgrim Virgin Statue rotations, and meeting the other spiritual needs of the parish community. Legionaries are under the guidance of a spiritual director named by the pastor. The Legion is, in essence, an extension of the heart and hands of the pastor.


ACTIVE members meet weekly (about 1 1/2 hrs.) with their Spiritual Director usually in a parish to pray, to report on and to receive a work assignment. A minimum of two hours work is assigned by the President and approved by the Spiritual Director or pastor. Legionaries are required to preserve absolute secrecy in regard to sensitive matters discussed or learned at the meeting or in their work. Active members recite daily the Catena (the Magnificat, prayers of the Legion). The work of a praesidium varies from place to place but members always go out in pairs to meet people. Newer members are instructed by the master-apprentice method. Ideally, the praesidium will hold evangelization/conversion contacts as its highest priority with conservation of the Faith and consoling works following. A partial list of works includes:

  1. Instructing and preparing others to receive the Sacraments

  2. Teaching the Catholic faith to children or adults

  3. Assisting the pastor with conducting a census of his area

  4. Visiting jail inmates, the hospitalized, the homebound sick or elderly, or residents of nursing homes

  5. Distributing rosaries, medals, Catholic literature in a crowd contact area

AUXILIARY members, the praying wing of the Legion of Mary, are lay faithful, priests, or religious unable to assume the duties of active membership. They recite daily the prayers of the Tessera, namely: the Invocation and prayers of the Holy Spirit, 5 decades of the Rosary, the Catena, and the prayers described as 'concluding prayers'. Auxiliary members are contacted at least once a year by active members of their attached praesidium. An invitation is extended to Acies, the annual ceremony of re-consecration to Mary, Queen of the Legion, held around March 25th, the Annunciation. Auxiliaries are honored with a special function around September 8th, the birth of Our Blessed Mother.

Members meet once a week for prayer, planning and discussion in a family setting. Then they do two hours of definite work each week in pairs and under the guidance of their spiritual director.


The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics who:

  • Faithfully practice their religion;
  • Are animated by the desire to participate in the Church's apostolate through membership in the Legion;
  • Are prepared to fulfill each and every duty which active membership in the Legion involves

    Back to the Top


The first step is to be a guest at a meeting of the Legion of Mary. Guests are always welcome and can go on one of the work assignments with an experienced member if they choose. If there is no Legion of Mary in your parish, you can participate in a group in another parish until you can start one of your own with the assistance of other Legionaries and in cooperation with the pastor.


Our praesidium is called Our Lady, Queen of Heaven & Earth and our meetings are held every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in a room in our church basement. Come and join us for faith sharing, prayer and great company!


The basic unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium. This Latin word was used to designate a detachment of the Roman Legion performing special duty such as a section of a military line, a fortified post, or a garrison. Each praesidium is named after a title of Our Blessed Lady, for example, Our Lady of Mercy, or from one of her privileges, for example, The Immaculate Conception, or from an event in her life, for example, The Visitation. No praesidium should be established in any parish without the consent of the parish priest or of the Ordinary (Bishop). The members hold a meeting every week under the guidance of a Spiritual Director and each member is assigned a work to be performed during the week.

"Legionary duty requires from each legionary:

First, the punctual and regular attendance at the weekly meetings of the praesidium, and the furnishing there of an adequate and audible report on the work done;

Second, the daily recitation of the Catena;

Third, the performance of a substantial active legionary work, in the spirit of faith, and in union with Mary, in such fashion that in those worked for and in one's fellow-members, the Person of our Lord is once again seen and served by Mary, his Mother;

Fourth, absolute respect for the confidential nature of many matters discussed at the meeting or learned in connection with the legionary work."


For more information, ask any member of the Legion of Mary or contact the parish office to obtain the name and telephone number of a point of contact for the nearest Legion of Mary Praesidium.

    Back to the Top

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven & Earth Praesidium

 Praesidium Statuette


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

Come, 0 Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.
v.  Send forth Your Spirit, 0 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, 0 Lord, will open my lips.
R.  And my tongue shall announce Your praise.
v.  Incline unto my aid, 0 God.
R.  0 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, 0 most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. 0 clement, 0 loving, 0 sweet Virgin Mary.

v.  Pray for us, 0 holy Mother of God.
R.  That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. 0 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 deMontfort
R.  Pray for us.

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


  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.  0 Mary, conceived without sin.
R.  Pray for us who have recourse to you.

Let us pray.  0 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.


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

We fly to your patronage, 0 holy Mother of God; despise not our prayers in our necessities, but ever deliver us from all dangers, 0 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, 0 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 neighbor; 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..

Edited: February 27, 2013 - Webmaster: Webmaster
Sts. Martha and Mary Parish, Mississauga 2005 - 2006
Copyright & Privacy Policy Statements