Three patrons of the Legion are invoked in the opening prayers,
Saint Joseph was head of the Holy Family. He protected and provided for them. He is important to Jesus and Mary. The same devotion he has for Jesus, he has for us, the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. We can count on Saint Joseph for support.
Saint John the Evangelist stood at the foot of the cross with Mary. Jesus told him that Mary was his mother. After Jesus died he took Mary into his home. Saint John is close to Mary. He is an apostle and an evangelist. He understands the work of the Legion of Mary. We can count on Him.
The spirit of the Legion is based on the writings of Saint Louis-Marie de Monfort. The founders of the Legion were studying his works when they came up with the idea of the Legion of Mary. 300 years ago, in his book, "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary", he called for the establishment of an organization like the Legion of Mary. We have adopted his idea of total consecration to Mary. "I am all yours my Queen and my Mother and all that I have is Yours".