As near to the feast of the Annunciation as possible, the whole worldwide Legion both
individually and collectively earnestly seeks each year to celebrate the Acies. This
ceremony is one of the most beautiful and profound functions of the Legion. We seek
to renew and express publicly our Consecration to Mary in the condensed and
beautiful formula; 'I am all yours my Queen and my Mother and all that I have is
yours.' What an extraordinary depth of doctrine and devotion are packed into so few
words. They express the total conviction and commitment of every true legionary. It
would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of the Acies in the life of the Legion.
The purpose of the Acies is to renew and deepen our Consecration to Mary at least
once a year. That consecration is at the heart of our vocation in the Legion. The
project of the true devotion to Mary is never done once and for all but we must keep
going back to the basic principles and try to live them better throughout our lives.
What does it mean? It means belonging totally to Mary. Absolutely nothing must be
held back. I am all yours: every thing I am or possess, spiritual and material goods,
past, present and to come. I will to give every moment of my life to Mary. Why? Let
us answer in the words of St. Louis Marie de Montfort: 'the essence of the devotion
consists in giving ourselves up entirely to the Most Holy Virgin in the quality of slave
in order to belong wholly to Jesus Christ; and in the next place to do all our actions
with Mary, in Mary, by Mary, for Mary in order to do them more perfectly with Jesus,
in Jesus, by Jesus, and for the Jesus our last end.' The shorthand of all the work of
De Montfort and our Founder is to Jesus through Mary.