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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our institute and its website, The Mary Page.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following is a typical example.

We have received from you complimentary copies of Marian Library Studies: a new series Vol. 29 and Vol. 30.  These books will be held permanently at the service of our users.  We appreciate your kindness very much.  On behalf of our library, we wish to express our thanks for your donations.  We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Jillian Slater, Archivist at The Marian Library sent us the following information.

This is a quick update to let you know about new finding aids for archival collections on eCommons, the institutional repository at the University of Dayton.  You can view all finding aids for Marian Library collections here.  Additionally, one of the recently posted finding aids is for the generous donation of the John Stokes and Mary's Gardens collection.  As always, I am available to answer any questions about archival collections, receive feedback on finding aids, or help facilitate use of our primary source materials.

Jill also informed us that Marian Library crèches have been featured on the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) website ... "a rotating exhibit that features Dayton's impressive crèche collection."

Mary in Books, Films, and Music

3D Tour of Vatican Museums in U.S. Theaters Today

Presented in RealD 3D, the 70-minute immersive documentary will allow audiences to journey through the Museums and the Chapel, and admire paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh, frescos by Michelangelo, statues from antiquity and other works by Raffaello, Caravaggio, Dalí and more.  This film marks the first time that Ultra HD 4K/3D film cameras have been allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.  The film is in partnership with Fathom Events, and will be shown in 2D and RealD 3D.  Additional encore shows will be made in select theaters throughout the world.

Click here to view the trailer:, here to find a theater:, or here to see a related article from Zenit:
N.B. The two-minute trailer shows Michaelangelo's Pieta and other Marian images.

Suggested A/V Material

The titles of Christ in the O Antiphons have been invoked by the Church for at least 1,300 years.  Medieval monasteries would ring their largest bell as the choirs of monks intoned Mary's Magnificat and these Advent antiphons.  All seven can be found in the oracles of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, who gives us many memorable images of the Messiah.  They are rich meditations on the one who is to come.

Although there are seven titles in the O Antiphons, only one has remained firmly in popular Christian culture, thanks to an Advent hymn: O Come, O Come Emmanuel.  This Messianic title is the last of the seven O Antiphons.  To help us pray and even sing these beautiful prayers, Thomas Smith uses a translation that matches that familiar Advent melody.  The other titles are "O Wisdom," "O Lord," "O Root of Jesse," "O Key of David," "O Light," and "O King of the Nations."  Join us for What's in a Name? Reflections on the O Antiphons with Thomas Smith as we prepare for Christ's coming and kinship by meditating on his names.  This free ten-Minute study from the Great Adventure Bible Study for Catholics begins December 16 and ends December 23.  Enjoy!

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Prayer of Saint John Paul II for Radio Maria

Mary, guide us in our major decisions and give us strength in times of trial so that we may, with humble courage, follow the hidden ways of Heaven, keeping faith with God and mankind so that we can bring the joyful message of Christ, the Savior, to the hearts and minds of all.

Mary, guiding star of evangelization, be with us.  Be with Radio Maria as guide and be its protector.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed., a long-time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local stations for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio and WULM (AM 1600) in Springfield, Ohio.  Called "Francesca and Friends: Why Mary?," the program airs every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST focusing on what is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture.  CALL IN TOLL-FREE.  PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show) 1-866-333-6279.

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Francesca Franchina talks with Shaun Garrison and Leah Sedlacek about the beauty of music in our Advent/Christmas Season and in Sean's soon-to-be-released new album, EXCEEDING, encompassing his own contemporary faith-filled music.  EXCEEDING will be released on January 1, 2015 coinciding with SEEK 2015, the annual FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) gathering to be held in Nashville, Tennessee at OPRYLAND from January 1-5, 2015.  Sean is the music coordinator for SEEK 2015.  He is married, the father of four, and a creative arts and marketing specialist for FOCUS, as well as a musician, composer, and missionary.  Shaun and Leah will host The Arts in The New Evangelization, an optional luncheon at SEEK 2015.   They have collaborated on numerous projects, agreeing that music awakens a longing in people of all ages that we cannot explain.  "The beauty of music pierces and captivates us, which ought to lead our thoughts heavenward to God the Father, the one who created the universe for our sake."  Hear Sean's Open Road from EXCEEDING, a song about being inspired and enthralled with the natural beauty around us which the Rocky Mountains inspired in him.  Tune in and be invigorated, encouraged, and elated with these dedicated young people who live the message and diligently put it to work with the joy of the Lord--Love, Joy, Peace, and Purpose!  Sean and Leah are alive in the Holy Spirit carrying out the mission given by Jesus Christ to us all, "Go Ye Forth and Make Disciples of All Nations! ... They will know you are my disciples by your Love."  To learn more about Shaun Garrison's music, visit his web site (coming soon) at

Francesca and Friends encores on Mondays at 3:00 AM Eastern Time and will be archived on [link to programs/Francesca Franchina/Francesca and Friends].  Available to listen to live broadcast on Radio Maria stations or to download on your iPad, smart phone, etc.  Apps are listed at  For convenient listening, see Radio Maria US Archives.  Make allowances for your personal time zone if listening live.

Francesca and Friends with Francesca Franchina, National OSIA Trustee, is now being broadcast throughout the New York City metropolitan area at 11 pm on Friday nights on WSNR 620 AM, as well as on other local  Radio Maria USA frequencies,  and streaming on  This is the replay of the program originating on the preceding Wednesday at noon EST.  Give a listen every Friday at 11 PM; Mondays at 8:30 PM and LIVE on Wednesdays at noon EST.

The broadcast may also be heard on-line at  The website also provides access to some previous broadcasts.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.  An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.

Living with Mary Today!  Live: Thursdays 2:00-2:55 PM EST: From the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, internationally-known Mariologists Fathers Bertrand Buby, François Rossier, Johann Roten, and Thomas Thompson of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Michael Duricy, Sister Jean Frisk, and others will discuss Marian themes such as The Blessed Mother and Ecumenism; Mary and the Family; Mary and Suffering, Marian Teachings and Writings of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from the Founder of the Marianists, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade; Mary and Vatican II, Marian Apparitions, and others.  The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the largest collection of Marian books and artifacts in the world, and IMRI is one of the two sites of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the STL and STD.  Find out more by visiting  The University of Dayton; The Marian Library, and IMRI are collaborators with the International Satellite Radio Maria Network and Radio Maria Ohio.  Click here for the schedule of future programs planned to date.  Click here for the audio archive!  If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for future programs, feel free to contact us by email at

This week's program:

Richard Lenar, Thursday, December 18, 2:00 pm on Christmas Music

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Celebrating Mary in the Byzantine Spiritual Tradition

by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Brother John Samaha sent us the information below with the following comments: "The article below about Mary in Byzantine spirituality appeared in Ephemerides Mariologicae, July-September 2014 (Madrid, Spain)."

Since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), the twenty-first ecumenical council, the Church has striven to promote a new and more careful study of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the mystery of Christ and of the Church, to encourage theological faculties in the pursuit of knowledge, research, and piety in regard to Mary of Nazareth.  The Mother of the Lord is understood as a "datum of revelation" and a "maternal presence" always operative in the life of the Church.

A significant springboard for this movement was the instruction on The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education during the Marian Year of 1988.  This instruction offers many rich insights. It draws copiously from Lumen Gentium, chapter eight, from Vatican II; Marialis Cultus by Venerable Pius VI; and Redemptoris Mater by St. John Paul II.

Many other Christian Churches are also experiencing new interest in this topic and have followed suit in encouraging renewed study and research.

The history of theological reflection witnesses to the Church's faith and attention to the Virgin Mary and her mission in the history of salvation.  Especially is this true in the Western Church.

The deeper the understanding of the mystery of the Theotokos, the more profound is the understanding of the mystery of Christ, of the Church, and of the vocation of humanity.  Concerning Mary, everything is relative to Christ. Only in the mystery of Christ is her mystery fully clear.  Conversely, it may generally be said that knowing Mary illuminates our appreciation of the mystery of Christ and of the Church.

To the degree in which the mystery of the Church is understood, the mystery of Mary is apparent. Knowing Mary, the Church recognizes its origins, its mission of grace, its destiny to glory, and the pilgrimage of faith which guides it.

The Virgin Mary is like a mirror reflecting the mighty works of God, which theology has the task of illustrating.  The importance of Mariological reflection derives from the importance of Christology, from the value of ecclesiology and pneumatology, from the meaning of Christian anthropology, from eschatology, and is an integral part of them.

St. John Paul II reminded us simply that, "Among creatures, no one knows Christ better than Mary; no one can introduce us to a profound knowledge of His mystery better than His Mother."

In the Byzantine Churches, the understanding and appreciation of the Virgin Mother of God developed differently, and not as the result of scientific theological reflection.  The veneration of Mary, when properly understood, permeates the entire life of the Church.  It is a dimension of dogma and of piety, of Christology and of ecclesiology.  This dimension needs to be made explicit today in connection with the problems of humanity.  Mariology expresses something fundamental to the Christian life itself, to the Christian experience of the world.  Among contemporary Catholic and Orthodox theologians, the late Orthodox Father, Alexander Schmemann has been especially clear on this point.

In the East and in the West sound Mariology has always been understood in Christological terms.  If the Gospel revealed nothing more than the fact that Jesus Christ, man and God, was born of the Virgin Mary, this alone would be sufficient for the Church to love her and to draw theological conclusions from pondering this relationship of Mother and Son.  We need no other revelations.  Mary is a self-evident and essential datum and dimension of the Gospel.

As in all aspects of theology and Church life, Eastern Christian Mariological insights testify amply to the time-honored principle of diversity in unity.

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New Exhibit!

At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions

This exhibit, featuring four all-new exhibits of of crèches from 100 countries, will be presented by the University of Dayton Libraries from November 29, 2014 - January 24, 2015.  At the Manger has become a special tradition.  It's where Christmas truly begins.  For details click into or view the following article.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for Fall 2014 concluded on November 14, 2014.

The Pontifical Academic Program leading to STL and STD in theology with a specialization in Marian Studies offers courses in three year-round sessions.  See our course offerings for the 2014-2015 Academic Year [in PDF requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].  Our Academic Guide [formerly called Student Guide] is also available in PDF.

Click here to see the courses available through the International Marian Research Institute [Select Term from dropdown (e.g. Spring 2014), then click Submit.  On the next screen select Marian Institute for Subject, then click Class Search].
N.B. Students with an active UD LDAP account may also register for IMRI courses online through Porches.  Those not currently pursuing a degree through IMRI may also request admission and register for courses through UD's Graduate Non-Degree Admission and Registration Form.

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In keeping with the season, we suggest The Great O Antiphons.

We have revised and expanded our material in Chinese.  This is a work in progress, so expect more content soon.  Feel free to let us know what you think of this section.

We have updated Marian Thoughts of Pope Francis through November 30, 2015 and linked to the Newsletter of Radio Maria USA for December, 2014.  Also, we have revised The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, adding a Czech translation provided by Katia Bondareva.

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Marian Exhibit in Dayton area

Title: Outdoor Rosary Garden

Date: Advent 2014

Location: Archbishop Alter High School, 940 East David Road, Kettering, Ohio

Celebrate the Rosary with a visit to the outdoor Rosary Garden at Alter High School.  The garden features a series of twenty original paintings that vividly illustrate the mysteries of the rosary.  The Rosary Garden, which is open to the public, is a gift to the neighborhood in honor of Alter's fiftieth anniversary, and is the only one of its kind in the world.  St. Henry parishioner, Suzanne Ley, created the artwork.  Please take the time to visit this truly breathtaking space with friends, family, and loved ones this holiday season.

Click here for more information, then scroll to page 10.

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Mary of Nazareth Released on DVD in Time for Christmas
Our Lady's Infectious Joy a Highlight of the Film
Source: Zenit (San Francisco) December 9, 2014

"For me as an actress, it was more about Mary in her humanity, her inner conflict," said Alissa Jung in speaking about her leading role in Ignatius Press' film, Mary of Nazareth, which has been released on DVD in time for Christmas.

The German-born actress spoke with me on a recent visit to Detroit, the second stop on a three-city lightning tour in North America to promote the film.  She admitted to feeling a little anxious about her children, waiting for her in Berlin; but she took time to answer questions and to share her personal insights regarding the film.

This full-length feature film about the life of Mary, the Mother of God, was filmed in Tunisia and shot in English in high definition.  It begins with Mary's childhood, as marauders attempt to take her into slavery and as, with a hug for her loving parents, she skips happily into the Temple to begin a new life in the care of the rabbi.  The film ends only after the Resurrection, when Mary's quiet faith in her Son is shown to be warranted.  It vividly captures the essence of Our Lady's profound faith and trust in God, and makes real the deep love between Mary and her Son.  Mary held a great mystery in her heart; but what struck me, watching the story on the big screen, was not the immensity of her role as the mother of God, but rather, her infectious joy....

Ignatius Press has just released Mary of Nazareth on DVD, and has told the story in a full-color coffee table book.  Both are available from the publisher or in Catholic book stores.  Click here to see more information or to order.

Click here to see the complete article.

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The director and editors of The Mary Page under the auspices of the International Marian Research Institute do not necessarily endorse or agree with the events and ideas expressed in this feature.  Our sole purpose is to report on items about Mary gleaned from a myriad of papers representing the secular press.

Notre Dame Prepares for Christmas with Cultural Nativity Scene Pilgrimage on Campus
Source: Catholic Education Daily ( December 3, 2014

The University of Notre Dame will be holding a Crèche Pilgrimage on Dec. 7, inviting participants to "view and pray at some thirty Nativity scenes on exhibit throughout the campus."  The exhibit includes depictions of the birth of Christ from around the world.

Participants of the pilgrimage will visit each of the crèche exhibits while sharing in prayerful reflection and recitation of the Rosary.  Father John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame, will provide an Advent reflection at the pilgrimage's conclusion....

Click here to see the complete article or here to find details about the exhibit at Notre Dame.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of December with Mary:

The Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.  We also list important Marian dates for each month of the year.  Please see Marian Commemoration Days for the month of December.

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Prayer Corner

You are invited to help us pray for our Prayer Corner intentions.  Please take a look!  This site allows users to submit prayer requests directly or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!

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