Mary was a Jewish girl who lived in the city of Nazareth. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph. Mary didn't know it yet, but God had chosen her from among all the Jewish maidens to fulfill a very special purpose for Him. "To become the mother of our Saviour JESUS CHRIST."
THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES(Mondays & Saturdays)
First: The Annunciation.
The angel said to Mary, "You shall conceive and bear a son and give Him the name Jesus. And He will be called Son of the Most High." Luke 1:31,32
Second: The Visitation.
"Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Blessed is she who trusted that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled." Luke 1:42,45
Third: The Birth of our Lord Jesus. While Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, she gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger. Luke 2:6,7
Fourth: The Presentation. When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus up to Jerusalem so that he could be presented to the Lord. Luke 2:22
Fifth: The Finding in the Temple. They came upon Him in the temple sitting in the midst of teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard him were amazed. Luke 2:46,47
THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES(Thursdays)
First: The Baptism.
The Spirit descended like a dove on Him. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; and with you I am well pleased." Mark 1:10
Second: The Self-Revelation.
Jesus changed water into wine at the wedding in Cana, the first of his signs, and revealed His glory; and His desciples beleived in Him. John 2:11
Third: The Proclamation. "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has come near; repent, and beleive in the good news." Mark 1:15
Fourth: The Transfiguration. And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became dazzling white. Matthew 17:2
Fifth: The Institution of the Eucharist. He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me". Luke 22:19
THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES(Tuesdays & Fridays)
First: The Agony in the Garden.
Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane. He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer. "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Matthew 26:36,39
Second: The Scourging at the Pillar.
The people said, "Let His blood be upon us and upon our children." At that, he released Barrabbas to them. Jesus, however, he first had scourged. Matthew 27:25,26
Third: The Crowning With Thorns. They stripped off His clothes and wrapped Him in a scarlet cloak. Weaving a crown out of thorns, they fixed it on His head and began to mock him. Matthew 27:28,29
Fourth: The Carrying of the Cross. Jesus was led away, and carrying the cross by himself, went out to what is called the Place of the Skull. There they crucified Him. John 19:17,18
Fifth: The Crucifixion and Death. The curtain in the sanctuary was torn in two. Jesus uttered a loud cry and said, "Father, into Your hands I commend my spirit." After this He expired. Luke 23:45,46
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES(Sundays & Wednesdays)
First: The Resurrection.
The angel spoke, "Do not be frightened. I know you are looking for Jesus the crucified, but He is not here. He has been raised, exactly as promised." Matthew 28:5,6
Second: The Ascension.
He then led them out near Bethany, and with hands upraised, He blessed them. As He blessed them, He left them, and was taken up to heaven. Luke 24:50,51
Third: The Descent of the Holy Spirit. Tongues as of fire appeared which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:3,4
Fourth: The Assumption. May you be blessed, my daughter, by God most high, beyond all women on earth; and may the Lord God be blessed, the Creator of heaven and earth. Judith 13:18
Fifth: The Coronation. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Revelation 12:1
The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland on 7 September 1921. It is a lay catholic organisation whose members are giving service to the Church on a voluntary basis in almost every country.
The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.
The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium.
The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish.
Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.
Dear Mother of Perpetual Succour * from the cross Jesus gave you to us for our Mother. You are the kindest the most loving * of all mothers. Look tenderly on us your children * as we now ask you to help us in all our needs * especially this one … (Pause to recall your petition). While you were on earth, dear Mother * you willingly shared in the sufferings of your Son. Strengthened by your faith and confidence * in the fatherly love of God * you accepted the mysterious designs of His will.
We too, have our crosses and trials. Sometimes they almost crush us to the ground. Dearest Mother * share with us your abundant faith and confidence in God. Make us aware that God never ceases to love us; * that He answers all our prayers * in the way that is best for us. Strengthen our hearts to carry the cross * in the footsteps of your Divine Son. Help us to realize * that he who shares the cross of Christ * will certainly share His resurrection.
Dearest Mother, as we worry about our own problems * let us not forget the needs of others. You always loved others so much; * help us to do the same. While praying for our intentions * and for the intentions of all here present at this Novena * we earnestly ask you, our Mother * to help us comfort the sick and the dying * give hope to the poor and the unemployed * heal the broken-hearted * lighten the burden of the oppressed * teach justice to their oppressors and bring back to God all those who have offended Him.
Dearest Mother, help us to avoid sin which separates us from our heavenly Father * and from one another. Full of trust in you * we place ourselves under the mantle of your maternal protection * and confidently hope for your powerful help. Amen.