Legion of Mary 2017
The year of 2017 has started out with a surprise that no one was expecting, Our Lady Queen of Peace Praesidium hosted its’ first ACIES this 25th day of March which is the coveted date dedicated to the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary.
As stated in our Legion Handbook in Chapter 30 “Bearing in mind the importance of devotion to Mary in the Legion system, each year there shall be a consecration of legionaries to Our Lady. The consecration — which shall comprise both an individual and a collective consecration — will take place on the 25 March or on a day close thereto, and will be known as the Acies. This Latin word, meaning as it does an army ranged in battle array, is appropriate to a ceremony in which the legionaries as a body assemble to renew their fealty to Mary, Queen of the Legion, and from her to receive strength and blessing for yet another year’s battle with the forces of evil. Moreover, the word is in effective contrast with praesidium, which contemplates the Legion, no longer drawn up in united array, but split up into its various sections, each engaged in its own particular sphere of duty.”
A collective force of around 115 members assembled at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church. Father Assaad presided over a beautiful Mass and then granted us access to the church’s newly built hall where we ate and enjoyed each other’s company.
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Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church under the watchful stewardship of Father Assaad ElBasha