PLATTSMOUTH (SNR) – The annual Legion of Mary Acies, a rite of consecration to Our Lady, will be held at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Plattsmouth March 25.
Legion prayers begin at 6:30 p.m. and Bishop James Conley will celebrate Mass at 7 p.m.
The Legion of Mary is a Catholic lay organization whose members practice the spiritual works of mercy in service to the Church and pray for the intentions of Mary, with a spiritual foundation based on the writings of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort.
Founded in Dublin by layman Frank Duff in 1921, the group now exceeds 10 million members around the world, making it the largest lay organization in the Church.
The Latin word “acies” means an army stretched out in formation, dressed for battle. Acies is the members’ annual opportunity to recommit themselves to the Holy Spirit and to Mary. It is held every year on (or near) March 25, the solemnity of the Annunciation, throughout the world.
Dee Gaeta, president of the Legion of Mary Curia for the Diocese of Lincoln, said the March 25 Mass is open to the public.
For those in the Lincoln area who wish to attend, a bus will leave St. Teresa Church, 36th and Randolph streets, Lincoln, at 5:15 p.m. March 25 to attend the Mass in Plattsmouth. For more information call Nancy at 402-488-0663.
Any baptized Catholic can join the Legion of Mary (some parishes have ‘Junior’ Legions). Members may also be active or ‘auxiliary’ members. For more information, visit the Legion of Mary page under “Lay Organizations” on the diocesan website.