Over the last couple months we had been working to arrange the restoration of two very old and very lovely images of Our Lady, Queen of all hearts. The restoration work is now complete and the two statues have been returned to the Center of the Association in Bay Shore, NY, where they will be newly consecrated and put to use in our upcoming spiritual programs.
We would like to extend our thanks to the members of the Regina Cordium Praesidium of the Legion of Mary for arranging to have the large statue of Our Lady of Grace that adorns our offices restored to its original beauty. The restoration work has been very well done and Our Lady’s image was prayerfully received and adorned with a May crown of flowers upon her arrival.
On January 8, 2014, the Regina Cordium Praesidium of the Legion of Mary was founded here at the Center for the Association of Mary, Queen of All Hearts. As the name of the praesidium implies, it will be closely associated with our work of promoting the reign of Jesus through Mary. Members of the new praesidium have already gotten very involved in our work both in helping to organize and promote our monthly Rosary and Mass and in taking care of the inscription of new members into our membership rolls.
There is a long history of cooperation between the Legion and the Association here in the United States as our original moderator, Fr. Roger Charest, SMM, labored many years to help establish and support the Legion of Mary in many dioceses around the country. We are delighted to reestablish a close working relationship and look forward to a fruitful collaboration as we work together beneath the banner and protection of Our Lady.
The entrance to the Queen of All Hearts space at the Montfort Center is now adorned with a number of new pieces of art. Among them are two panels which are reproductions of an original set painted by the great Dominican artist Fra Angelico. These pieces in depicting the Archangel Gabriel and the Most Holy Virgin, present the viewer with the great Mystery of the Incarnation of Lord, that same Mystery which St. Louis de Montfort insists is THE principal Mystery of the perfect devotion to Our Lady and the very basis of the Act of Total Consecration.
Each day upon entering our administrative space, we are presented with these striking reminders of the unspeakably great humility of God who lays aside the mantle of his glory to be clothed in the raiment of our weakness, and of the marvelous grandeur of the humble Virgin who in her smallness is yet more expansive than the heavens in containing within her that One that the heavens themselves cannot enclose.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)