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Liturgical Season

In preparation of the Liturgical celebration of the   (feast ),  (date), Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.                  

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New Resources

The Search Engine for Mary Page is now based on Google.  Try it out and let us know how you like it.  It may be accessed from the navbar to the left of our pages.

We have also added Popular Images of the Madonna, Grotto of Unyang and Mary and Asian Religions to our Resources index, and a Marian Prayer by John Paul II, Mother of All Men and Women and of All Peoples, to our Prayers menu.

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  News from the Marian Library

New Art Exhibit

CREATING MARIAN ART: An exhibit of works with mixed media approach, can be viewed now through May 10 in The Marian Library Gallery.  See photography by Shirley M. Harryman and stitchery with glass beads by Kelly Buntin Johnson.  Hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Congratulations to the Mary Page!

[digitized image indicating MaryPages award winner for 2002-2003] We just learned that our Mary Page web site received the "MaryPages Award" for 2002-2003 [see clickable image at right] from Leo de Bondt of the MaryPages web site in the Netherlands.

Also, in Faith and Family, The Magazine of Catholic Living, Lori Hadacek wrote the following about Mary Page in their April 2002 issue:

Do you ever wonder which apparitions have been approved?  Why the Rosary is divided into decades?  When Church teachings about Mary were codified?  Surely the largest database on the web, The Mary Page has information on anything you could possibly want to know regarding theology and devotion centered on Our Lady.  It offers reference material, art galleries, bibliographies, information on Marian movements, prayer texts, studies on Marian music, references to Our Lady in magisterial documents, and much more.  A truly encyclopedic site.

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International Marian Research Institute Summer Courses

Summer courses begin on June 11.  See the course offerings for the summer academic session of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at: Summer Schedule.

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MSA 2002 Meeting in New York City

The 2002 MSA national meeting will be held at the Francis Cardinal Spellman Retreat Center in Riverdale, New York (a suburb north of New York City) on May 22 - 25.  Plans are underway with exciting news that our New York board member, Fr. Myles Murphy, has received word that Cardinal Avery Dulles has accepted an invitation to be keynote speaker at the meeting.  A special event is being planned for those who attend the meeting - a visit to the Cloisters (a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art).  The topic of the meeting will be "The Marian Dimension of the Christian Life: The Middle Period."

Details of the Program

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Personal thoughts and reflections about Mary 
from our readers 

We've added a section to our Research and Publications section showing selected personal comments from our readers about the Virgin Mary.  Click here to see comments received within the past month.  From this page, feel free to submit your own personal thoughts on Mary.  

We also encourage our readers to submit their opinions on various styles of Marian Art through an on-line art survey.

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Marian Events

This section lists all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.

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Prayer Corner Requests

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

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News from Around the World

Cistercian Studies Conference

May 2-5, 2002 Western Michigan University in conjunction with the 37th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Marian Imagery in the ‘Liber specialis gratiae’
Ann Marie Caron, Saint Joseph College

Contact: http://www.wmich.edu/cistern/conference/index_conf.html

2002 National Medjugorje Conference

May 31 - June 2, 2002

5:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Theme: Pray, pray, pray!

Speakers: Father John Phalen, C.S.C., Father Albert Shamon, Dr. Thomas Petrisko, Ted and Maureen Flynn, Father John Dobrosky, Dan Lynch, Father Daniel Scheidt, June Klins

adults $ 45.00; couples $ 80.00; youth $ 20.00

Location Information:
University of Notre Dame
Indianapolis IN 46556

For More Information Contact:
Queen of Peace Ministries
P.O. Box 761
Notre Dame IN 46554
Email: medjugorje@shamrocknetdesign.com
www.medjugorjeconference.com

From Bote von Fatima

Ecumenical Document about Marian Themes

During its recent meeting in Dublin, Ireland, a theological commission consisting of Anglicans and Catholics finished its first draft of a document with the following themes: Immaculate Conception, Assumption and the position of the BVM within the church. Future plans with this draft include a common declaration, which will be signed by representatives of both denominations as it happened previously with documents on the Eucharist (1971), about the significance of the ordained ministry (1973) as well as about the authority of the church (1976) and her mission (2000).

(Cited in: Madre di Dio, February 2002 and Bote von Fatima, April 2002)

Consecration of the Congo to Mary

In July 2001 Cardinal Frédéric Etsou, Archbishop of Kinshasa, dedicated the country of Congo-Kinshasa to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The ceremonies took place in the French language on July 1 with the official dedication and blessing of the Marian Shrine located on the property of the Episcopal residence. On July 13 the cardinal renewed the dedication with more than 15,000 faithful using the indigenous language.

The war torn country is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. In order to pray more effectively for the much-longed peace, the cardinal wants to introduce special devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the 13th of each month together with the devotion of the five Heart of Mary Saturdays.

(Cited in: Bote von Fatima, April 2002)

From ZENIT

Divine Mercy Is Source of Authentic Peace, John Paul II Says

Conclusion Of The Papal Address Before Reciting Regina Caeli
VATICAN CITY, APRIL 7, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Let us entrust our prayer to Mary, whom we will remember in a special way tomorrow, on the liturgical feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. The mystery of Jesus' conception in the Virgin's womb by the power of the Holy Spirit, reminds us that human life, assumed by Christ, is inviolable from the first instant. Contemplation of the mystery leads us to renew the commitment to love, accept, and serve life. A commitment that unites believers and non-believers, because "the defense and promotion of life are not the monopoly of any one, but the task and responsibility of all."

May the Virgin, Mother of Mercy, who at the Angel's annunciation conceived the incarnate Word, help us to respect life always and to unanimously promote peace.

Directory Defends Popular Piety, Within Limits

Vatican Emphasizes Positive Aspects of This Form of Religious Expression
VATICAN CITY, APRIL 9, 2002 (Zenit.org)

A new Vatican document on popular piety emphasizes the positive aspects of this form of religious expression but warns against practices that border on superstition.

The "Directory on Popular Piety and Liturgy: Principles and Guidelines" was prepared by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. It begins by explaining the principles and language of popular piety and is divided in two parts.

The first part offers points of reference illustrated by history, the magisterium and theology, which are necessary to harmonize popular piety with the liturgy.

The second part offers relevant points of popular piety: veneration of the Lord's Mother; devotion to angels, saints and the blessed; prayers for the dead; pilgrimages; and expressions of piety in shrines.

From L’Osservatore Romano

From L’Osservatore Romano March 20 - April 3

In his homily at the Easter Vigil March 30 the Holy Father said that Mary is our model of faith and hope watching in the night for the glory of Christ. "O Mary, this is truly your night. As the last lights of the Sabbath are extinguished, and the fruit of your womb rests in the earth, your heart too keeps watch! Your faith and your hope look ahead. Behind the heavy stone, they already detect the empty tomb; behind the thick veil of darkness, they glimpse the dawn of the Resurrection. Grant, O Mother, that we too may keep watch in the silence of the night, believing and hoping in the Lord’s word.....Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia!"

For the Good Friday traditional devotion of the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum, women journalists were invited to write the meditations for the Stations in which women - Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the women disciples who followed Jesus, and the daughters of Jerusalem - are the principal actors and witnesses of various episodes of the Lord’s passion. Each year the Pope invites people of various nationalities and different Churches or Ecclesial Communities to compose the meditations of the Way of the Cross. This year’s meditations were written by 14 journalists and communicators who are credited to the Press Office of the Holy See and represent well-known press and televison networks.

The Holy Father called on Mary’s guidance and protection several times during Holy Week and on Easter Monday. At the General Audience on March 27, Wednesday of Holy Week, he said, "The Blessed Virgin Mary, who faithfully followed her Son all the way to the cross, will lead us after we have contemplated together with her the suffering face of Christ, to enjoy the light and joy that radiate from the splendour of the face of the Risen Christ." At the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday he prayed, "May Mary, Mother of the Eternal High Priest, accompany and sustain us whom the Lord did not call ‘servants’ but ‘friends’." On Easter Monday the Holy Father led the recitation of the Regina Caeli prayer with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. He asked Our Lady to help us believe totally in Christ’s mystery of salvation and to enable us to transmit it with joy. He also said a special prayer to Our Lady for the suffering people of Bethlehem, who are in great danger.

Palm Sunday is a Youth Day in the diocese of Rome and in dioceses around the world that prepare for World Youth Day in Toronto. In his homily on March 24 the Holy Father said, "Dear young people. Learn from Jesus and from his and our Mother. The real strength of a man lies in the fidelity of his witness to the truth and in his resisting flattery, threats, misunderstandings, blackmail, even harsh and relentless persecution. This is the path on which our Redeemer calls us to follow him....May Mary, Mother of the incarnate Word guide and go with you, ready to intercede for everyone who comes into the world."

On Palm Sunday the Holy Father led the recitation of the Angelus on the day in Italy consecrated to remembering missionaries martyred in the last ten years. He asked Our Lady to give everyone the courage and integrity that she gave to the missionaries.

The Holy Father spoke to members of UNIV, an Opus Dei association of students who came to Rome for Holy Week, on March 25. He said, "The Cross is a silent school of love, in which we learn how costly it is to love." He told them, "Mary is always beside you just as she was beside Jesus, To her, the Handmaid of the Lord and Seat of Wisdom, I entrust your resolutions and desires."

On March 21 the Pope met the young people of the Diocese of Rome to prepare for World Youth Day to be celebrated in Toronto in July. He asked them to make themselves available for God’s call and vocation and said, "I commend you to Mary, a shining example of fidelity to the vocation entrusted to her by the Lord."

At the General Audience on March 20 the Holy Father commented on the canticle of Anna, the mother of Samuel. He said, "The hymn of thanksgiving that sprang from the lips of the mother was to be taken up and expressed anew by another Mother, Mary, who while remaining a virgin conceived by the power of the Spirit of God. In fact, in the Magnificat of the Mother of Jesus we can perceive an echo of Anna’s canticle which for this reason is known as ‘the Magnificat of the Old Testament’."

The editio typica tertia of the Roman Missal was presented to the Holy Father March 18 by Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and other officials of the Congregation. The publication of this third edition is the result of a process that has lasted 10 years. The text is substantially the same as that of the previous edition, but includes new formulas for votive Masses in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and an appendix of Eucharistic prayers approved for the Masses of Reconciliation, Masses for various needs and Masses when the majority of the faithful are children.

On March 8, the Italian Day of the Woman, the Pope addressed the Tra Noi (among us) Movement, expressing support for the objectives of the movement: to help their peers and other victims of poverty and marginalization. He said, "May Mary, Salvation of the Roman People, the heavenly Mother and Patroness of the Tra Noi Movement, guide you and go with you. May she also support the Mary of Nazareth Secular Institute that, in sharing the same charism with you, like a leaven, is called to give life to every action of the movement."

Addressing the Pro-Major Penitentiary, Archbishop De Magistris, the prelates and officials of the office, the religious of the various congregations who exercise the ministry of the Sacrament of Penance in the Roman Basilicas and the priests taking part in the course on the internal forum, The Holy Father on March 15 highlighted the indispensability of the Sacrament of Penance for the development of Christian and priestly holiness. "Indeed, one can concretely reach holiness, and especially priestly holiness, only if one resorts regularly, humbly and confidently to the Sacrament of Penance, understood as a vehicle of grace." He said, "I entrust to Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, these reflections, that are now transformed into a heart-felt prayer. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, intercede with her Son so that he may see fit to grant to the Church holy confessors, holy priests and holy candidates for the priesthood."

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Mary in the Secular Press

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.

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