Legion of Mary Handbook
Page 107, Ch18,
4. There follow five decades of the rosary, of which the Spiritual Director shall initiate the first, third, and fifth, and the members the second and fourth. No member is to act as if the rosary were a silent prayer. The same measure of dignity and respect should be imparted to its recitation as if the gracious personage to whom it is addressed were visibly present in the place of the statue representing her. The proper recitation of the Ave requires that the second part should not begin until the first has been finished, and the Holy Name of Jesus reverently pronounced. The rosary, playing, both by rule and by recommendation, such an important part in the life of the legionary, each one is urged to register in the Rosary Confraternity. (see appendix 7) Pope Paul VI insists that the rosary must be preserved. It is pure prayer. Its contents are eminently biblical. It effectively summarises the whole history of salvation, and it fulfils the essential purpose of exhibiting Mary in all her various roles in that history.
“Among the different ways of praying, there is none more excellent than the Rosary. It condenses into itself all the worship that is due to Mary. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings.” (Pope Leo XIII) “Of all prayers the Rosary is the most beautiful and the richest in graces; of all it is the one which is most pleasing to Mary, the Virgin Most Holy. Therefore, love the Rosary and recite it every day with devotion: this is the testament which I leave unto you so that you may remember me by it.” (St. Pius X) ”For Christians, the first of books is the Gospel and the Rosary is actually the abridgement of the Gospel.” (Lacordaire) ”It is impossible that the prayers of many should not be heard if those numerous prayers form but one single prayer.” (St. Thomas Aquinas: on Matt 18)
By Fr. Vincent Vuong-Quoc Nguyen
Houston Senatus Spiritual Director
Fr. Vincent thanked Fr. Hugh Gallespi and Deacon Cody for their work in the Legion of Mary.
Fr. Hugh and Deacon Cody Spoke were visiting the Houston Senatus and spoke at the Holy Spirit Conference the day before. He also recognized Don Taggart of Maria Legiones Magazine and President of the Philadelphia Senatus, who was present.
He also mentioned that in Poland they formed a human rosary for peace in the World, on the feast of the Rosary.
The Rosary is prayed by the educated and uneducated alike. We are blessed in the Legion of Mary to have the rosary.
What breathing is to the human body, so is the rosary to the Legion of Mary. Like the shoe lace keeps our shoe on, so is the rosary to the Legionary. We live in a world where we have more knowledge than prayer. The Rosary is the answer to all. We need to share the rosary with those we meet.