Our Lady of Mount Carmel City Curia and Junior Curia had their Acies on 25 April 2007. It was at the Church of St Peter and St Paul at 2pm. The event comprised of a procession into the church with the standards of the various praesidia and curiae. We then had the opening prayer and the rosary. Our Spiritual Director preached a short homily. After this we immediately began an individual consecration. Coming out in pairs, we placed our right hand on the vexillium and professed the words ‘我的母皇，我的母亲，我全属于你。我所有的一切都属于你。‘
After the individual consecration, the entire assembly consecrated themselves as a group. The Acies ended with a Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and procession of out the church. We then adjourned to the canteen for lunch.
“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.” 1
Every year, the Legionaries assemble together to consecrate themselves to Mary’s service. It is the most important function of a Legionary’s life. It is a MUST, to attend it. Based on my experience, those who fail to attend drop out very quickly. In fact, the handbook mentions:
“The essential idea of the Legion, upon which all else is built, is that of working in union with and in dependence on Mary, its Queen. The Acies is the solemn expression of that union and dependence, the renewal-individual and collective-of the legionary declaration of fealty. Hence it is manifest that any legionaries who can attend, and yet fail to do so, have little or none of the spirit of the Legion in them. The membership of such persons is not an asset to the Legion.”2
Every year I face the disappointment of having some of my members absent. But I also take comfort and derive great joy from the fact that the attendances are still quite good. In fact this year all of my members came (save for one) including the probationary members. I am well pleased.
But for us who have attended this event and presumably benefited, what lessons can we learn? The Latin word Acies also refers to ‘a sharp edge or poin’ of a sword, dagger, sickle. Therefore this reminds us that we are the battlefront of a war between good and evil. Between the Sacred and Profane, we are at the edge. This battle involves “The Legion of Mary and its opposing forces, secularism and irreligion”
Do we take the renewal of vows seriously? To give our all for Our Lady? If we do not, we face defeat and dishonor. A soldier that does not put all his skills and resources to full use will be wiped out easily. How long will we waste our God-given talents? It is evident that there is no room for defectors, deserters and other cowards.
Still, I struggle sometimes and wonder why I am here in Legion when I can be else where doing other things. The feeling of not being appreciated is common to many members. Parents and friends ridicule us for ‘wasting time’ and ‘doing unconstructive things’.
But I believe that this Legion system is still relevant and can work out. Furthermore, we cannot let the blood of the martyrs go to waste. I have to push myself to work harder and stop slacking while others bleed.
Come brethren, throw off your worldly desires and serve Our Queen who promises great victory through Jesus! Together let us say, ‘My Queen and Mother, I am yours. Everything I have is yours!’
The Legion of Mary Handbook
1Chapter 30, Functions, The Acies
2 Chapter 30, Functions, The Acies
3 Chapter 12, The External Aims of the Legion, In High enterprise for God, afternote by Father Aedan McGrath, S.S.C.