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November 24, 2000

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Call for Papers: Mary and Spirituality
Pope John Paul II in the News
Crèches International: Dayton Art Institute
New Society: Friends of the Crèche
We wish you a blessed Thanksgiving!
New Exhibit:Georgia Armstrong Askew
Mary in the Secular Press

Calendar of Marian Events
Prayer Corner Requests

Items Re-visited

Marian Concert by Cincinnati Camerata
Exhibit: May Fought

News Archive

This week's themes:
The Life of Mary: Visitation
Magnificat Song
William  Joseph Chaminade
From the Marianist Tradition


Call for Papers: Marian Spirituality

The Mariological Society of American issues a "Call-for-Papers." The conferences will be delivered at the Society's annual meeting, May, 2001, and printed in Marian Studies, 2001 (vol. 52). The Society is undertaking a three-year program on Marian Spirituality – the witness and experience of the Marian influence in the life of the Church, of religious movements, and of individuals.

The first year's program (2001) will deal with Marian Spirituality, especially the concept of mediation, during the patristic and early medieval periods. Papers are requested on the Scriptural and doctrinal foundations of Marian spirituality, and on witness of early Eastern and Western writers (e.g., Augustine, Ildephonse of Toledo, Severus of Antioch, John Damascene, Germanus of Constantinople, the monastic writers) and the hymns and prayers of the period.

A precis should be submitted by December 31, 2000. For more information, contact Fr. Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., The Marian Library/IMRI, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469-1390. (FAX 937- 229-4258; Tel: 937-229-4214.

Pope John Paul II in the News

Crèches International: Dayton Art Institute

During the past four years The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute has been instrumental in fostering the true meaning of the Advent/Christmas season. Each year, nativity sets collected from around the world have been on display at the University of Dayton and at Gallery St. John (1998 & 1999) at the Marianist provincial center in Dayton.

For the first time this year, thirty of the crèches will be on display at The Dayton Art Institute. The collaboration for this project involved over a year of planning and preparation for the special exhibit, The Christmas Story. The nativity sets in their unique cultural settings will be on view between November 21, 2000, and January 7, 2001.

The selection of the crèches comprises entirely new displays as well as some beloved selections of previously exhibited at the University of Dayton. Simultaneously, sets new and old will be at The Marian Library's museum. Previous years' exhibits can be viewed on Mary Page in our gallery section:

New Society: Friends of the Crèche

In December, 1999, a small group of lovers of Christmas Nativities met in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the purpose of starting an organization with the following goals:

To learn more about the society and the first national convention click on:

Friends of the Creche

We wish you a blessed Thanksgiving!

The editors of Mary Page wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and a blessed beginning of the Advent season. May Mary's Magnificat inspire your own gratitude toward God as it inspires us in our thankfulness for the good people and things he has wwrought to bless our existence.

New Exhibit: Georgia Armstrong Askew

with the Sun] This marvelous exhibit has been on display at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute since mid-November. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties and Thanksgiving break, we have been unable to post it on Mary Page. Here is sample of what to look forward to – a work entitled, Clothed with the Sun.

Mary in the Secular Press

Commentary on Mary in various news articles from November 7 - 18, 2000.

The director and editors of 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.

Items Revisited

Marian Concert by the Cincinnati Camerata

Begin thinking of Advent

The first Sunday evening in December, December 3, 2000, there will be a Marian Concert by the Cincinnati Camerata in Covington, Kentucky. The following e-mail concerning this event was sent to the Mary Page editors.

This promises to be an exciting event. There is a prelude by a local composer entitled, "Serenade for Mary", followed by a procession singing the "Ave Maris Stella" chant. Next on the program is the Bach Cantata for the 1st Sunday in advent " Wachet Auf " with full orchestra, the middle of the program is all Marian: chants, 15th c. , new music, a Magnificat by Pachelbel, and a beautiful Ave Maria by Bruckner. The program rounds out with The Four Christmas Motets by Poulenc.

The concert is at Mother of God Church , 119 west 6th street, Covington,Kentucky (just across the river from Cincinnati) on Sunday, December 3rd, 7:00pm . The ticket price is $10.00 at the door. For more info. please call 859-491-2362.

A Devotee's Mary – The Collection of May Fought

[popular devotion,

The Saturday, November 11, 2000, edition of the Dayton Daily News featured the Fought exhibit, A Devotee's Mary. The excellent article brought many additonal visitors to the Marian Library. As a result, the exhibit will continue until after the New Year in 2001.

See more at: Current Exhibit

The Life of Mary: Visitation – Magnificat Song

The Mary Page theme for this news brief about the Blessed Mother is culled from magisterial documents since Vatican II. The theme covers various aspects of Mary's life. Mary is a real, historical person who lived in Nazareth 2000.

The example from magisterial writings below is derived from the document Redemptoris Mater (RM).

The Virgin Mother is constantly present on this journey of faith of the People of God towards the light. This is shown in a special way by the canticle of the "Magnificat," which, having welled up from the depths of Mary's faith at the Visitation, ceaselessly re-echoes in the heart of the Church down the centuries. ... proved by its daily recitation in the liturgy of Vespers and at many other moments of both personal and communal devotion. [RM 35] [text Lk 1:46-55 given] In these sublime words, which are simultaneously very simple and wholly inspired by the sacred texts of the people of Israel, (89) Mary's personal experience, the ecstasy of her heart, shines forth. In them shines a ray of the mystery of God, the glory of his ineffable holiness, the eternal love which, as an irrevocable gift, enters into human history. Mary is the first to share in this new revelation of God and, within the same, in this new "self-giving" of God. In her exultation Mary confesses that she finds herself in the very heart of this fullness of Christ. She is conscious that the promise made to the fathers, first of all "to Abraham and to his posterity for ever," is being fulfilled in herself. She is thus aware that concentrated within herself as the mother of Christ is the whole salvific economy, in which "from age to age" is manifested he who, as the God of the Covenant, "remembers his mercy." {RM 36]

The Life of Mary: Visitation – Magnificat Song

Prayer Corner Requests

You are invited to help us pray for our prayer corner intentions.

Prayer Corner

The intentions of the Holy Father for November 2000:

For more information on these intentions, see: Apostleship of Prayer

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