The Holy Rosary and the Legion

It would be impossible to do justice to the Holy Rosary in a single webpage. Saints, Popes, and theologians, even in their most voluminous works, have not exhausted the mysteries of the Rosary, and we do not presume that our humble efforts could improve upon the great treasures they have already provided.

Rather, our aim is much narrower — we simply aim to demonstrate some of the ways that the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary relate to our work as members of the Legion of Mary.

The Holy Rosary is the lifeblood of the Legion of Mary. The Legion was born out of the Rosary, is sustained by the Rosary, and would die without constant recitation of the Rosary. The very spirit of the Legion is drawn from its meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary.

Each Mystery of the Rosary depicts one specific way in which the will of God was shown in the lives of Jesus and his Blessed Mother, Mary. Experience has shown us that reciting the full fifteen decades of the Rosary is the surest way to stay connected to the will of God.

While we are presented with different insights into God’s will every time we meditate on the Rosary, we feel it may be particularly helpful to consider reading about some of the ways in which the Legion’s actions relate to each of the following sets of mysteries. Of course, if you become lost in wonder at the miracles and mighty deeds of God, you should always allow God to work in you, even if that means putting your active meditation on hold.

Please click the links below to read some of our thoughts about each set of Mysteries of the Rosary:

The Joyful Mysteries

The Joyful Mother

Excerpt: As members of the Legion of Mary, we always seek to imitate Mary’s “Yes” to God and to likewise do His will by the Holy Spirit. Like Mary, we strive to live a balanced life of prayer and action. By seeking to imitate Mary, we hope to embody the humility that allowed her to do the greatest things for the glory of God.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Sorrowful Mother

Excerpt: As members of the Legion of Mary, we seek to imitate Jesus in offering this prayer, no matter how difficult it may be. We understand that the works we undertake can sometimes be difficult and discouraging, but we continue to persevere knowing that what truly matters is that God’s will be done in our lives and the lives of those around us.

The Glorious Mysteries

The Glorious Mother

Excerpt: As members of the Legion of Mary, we seek to imitate the faith of Mary which, as our Legion handbook explains, “has in her alone been found in its utmost extent and never equalled.” In this spirit, the Legion, in accordance with the Imitation of Christ, “complains not of impossibility, because it conceives that it may and can do all things.’’

The Luminous Mysteries

The Luminous Mother

Excerpt: As members of the Legion of Mary, we seek to promote openness to the Holy Spirit in whatever small ways we can. Through our works of consolation, conservation, and conversion, we hope to make straight a path for the Holy Spirit to act in the lives of those we meet. It is only fitting, then, that St. John the Baptist is one of the patrons of the Legion.

Further information about the spiritual foundation of the Rosary can be found under the heading of “The Holy Rosary and the Legion” in the Spirituality section of the main menu.