In preparation for the Liturgical celebration of Our
Lady of Sorrows on September 15, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study,
reflection and meditation.
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With graphic artist, Kris Sommer, on our design team, our Mary
Page web site has been getting an extensive aesthetic renovation. The
latest section to have been revised is Questions.
Expect more to follow.
We have also added our answer to another reader's question: What
is the History of the Cord Rosary?
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The Marian Library will cosponsor Mary "Star of Evangelization" with
Fr. Michael Semana, the Singing Priest from the Philippines. He, Fr.
Thomas Thompson, and others will talk on "How to speak of and share
understanding about our Blessed Mother" on Saturday, October 5, 2002 at the
University of Dayton. For more information call Frances Franchina at (937)
426-5775 or email Joyfullambsud@aol.com.
The Marian Library is currently exhibiting The Madonnas of
Europe: A great Photographer on Pilgrimage to famous Marian Shrines in Europe,
by Janusz Rosikon. This exhibit runs from August 12 thru September 27,
2002; hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday or by special arrangement
[call (937) 229-4214]. Items are displayed on both the first and seventh
floors of Roesch Library.
Digitized photos of the items on display in the Marian Library can be seen
under Current Exhibit
in our Gallery section.
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Exhibit Coming Next Year
The University of Dayton will be among the few venues permitted to exhibit a
collection of multicultural, multi-century art devoted to Mary, the Mother of
God, outside its permanent home in the Vatican.
"The Mother of God: Art Celebrates Mary," a collection of 38 pieces
spanning the early 4th century through the late 20th century, will arrive at UD
in September 2003, for a two-month exhibit in the Roesch Library first-floor
gallery and the seventh-floor Marian Library gallery.
Pieces include oil on canvas and copper, tempera and gold on panel, carved
sections of sarcophagi in marble, and statuary in wood, bronze, ivory, lead and
soapstone. Private donations will cover the cost of transporting, insuring
and securing the Art.
For more information see the article
by Pamela Gregg in the August 22 issue of U.D.'s Campus Report.
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News about the Mariological Society
of America (MSA)
for Papers for MSA 2003 (May 21-24 in Los Angeles)
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International Marian Research Institute
of IMRI courses for Fall 2002 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.
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Personal thoughts and reflections
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
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The National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson, Ohio will host its
Annual October Rosary Procession on Sunday, October 6, 2002. For more
information call (330) 538-3351.
Click this link for a list of all of the current
Marian Events by
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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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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 15, 2002 (Zenit.org)
Here is a translation of the address John Paul II delivered at midday today,
before he prayed the Angelus with pilgrims gathered at the papal summer
* * *
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
1. The feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, which we celebrated yesterday,
is followed today by the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. Two liturgical
celebrations that invite us to undertake a spiritual pilgrimage to Calvary. They
encourage us to unite ourselves to the Virgin Mary in contemplating the mystery
of the cross.
Christianity has its principal symbol in the cross. Wherever the Gospel has
put down roots, the cross is there to indicate the presence of Christians. In
churches and homes, in hospitals and schools, in cemeteries -- the cross has
become the sign par excellence of a culture that draws truth and liberty, trust
and hope from the message of Christ.
In the process of secularization, which characterizes a great part of the
contemporary world, it is all the more important that believers fix their gaze
on this central sign of Revelation and gather its original and authentic
2. Also today, in keeping with the teachings of the early Fathers, the Church
presents the cross to the world as "the tree of life," from which one
can gather the ultimate and full meaning of every single existence and of the
whole of human history.
Since Jesus made it the instrument of salvation, the cross is no longer
synonymous with a curse but, on the contrary, with a blessing. For man,
tormented by doubt and sin, it reveals that "God so loved the world that he
gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but
might have eternal life" (John 3:16). In a word, the cross is the supreme
symbol of love.
Because of this, Christian young people carry it with pride through the
streets of the world, entrusting to Christ all their worries and all their
expectations of liberty, justice and peace.
[John Paul II then greeted pilgrims in French, English, German, Spanish,
Portuguese, Polish and Italian. The Pope spoke the following words in English:]
3. Trusting in the loving care of Our Lady of Sorrows, whose feast we are
celebrating today, I commend the English-speaking visitors and pilgrims to her
maternal intercession. Upon all of you I invoke abundant divine blessings.
[At the end, speaking again in Italian, the Pontiff concluded his address
with this message:]
4. At the foot of the cross the Virgin Mary, perfectly united to the Son, was
able to share in a singular way the depth of the pain and love of his sacrifice.
No one better than she can teach us to love the cross. To the Virgin of Sorrows
we entrust young people and families, nations and the whole of humanity. We
invoke her in a special way for the sick and the suffering, for the innocent
victims of injustice and violence, for Christians persecuted because of their
faith. May the glorious Cross of Christ be for all a pledge of hope, rescue and
Not posted this week. Expect an update to this section next week.
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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.
Mary in the secular news from August 13 through August 25
Inside the guard box near the Brandenburg Gate is a Pieta statue of the
Virgin Mary cradling Jesus, by the East German sculptress Kathe Kollwitz.
Since the Second World War this guard box has been an anti-war symbol, and on
August 25, with anti-war sentiment growing, Germany took the unusual step of
celebrating its military past by restoring two statues of Prussian generals,
which originally stood outside the guard box, to the center of Berlin, The
London Times said on August 26. The statues of Generals Bulow and Scharnhorst,
which contain special anti-graffiti chemicals, were placed in a nearby garden
where they are under continual police guard.
The re-establishment of the
French school and the Farmers’ Bank in Rustico are but two signs of the
perseverance of the Acadian people there, signs that Island Acadians are intent
on preserving their history and culture, the Charlottetown Guardian said on
August 19. That’s the purpose behind National Acadian Day, celebrated on
August 15th each year in Canada, a day when Acadians recognize the
accomplishments they have made. Because Acadians are so religious, in 1884 they
chose the date August 15 to celebrate their heritage because it fell on the
same day as their Lady of Assumption Day, which honors the blessed Virgin Mary.
One of the oldest paintings in Hamilton, Ontario, is an image of the Holy
Family attributed to Pieter Coecke van Aelst, born 500 years ago, the Hamilton
Spectator said on August 17. Painted around 1530, the oil painting depicts the
Christ Child, his mother the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph accompanied by an
angel. It is the central panel of a triptych, and the two side panels, by an
unknown artist, depict the Annunciation to Mary and the Rest on the Flight
into Egypt. The triptych is on display as part of a small exhibition at the
McMaster Museum of Art, which owns the work.
An anti-dairy campaign that is causing quite an uproar across North America
centers around a billboard put up by the People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals. The ad displays the Virgin Mary breast-feeding Jesus, saying "If
it was good enough for Jesus..." CANADA AM on August 16 interviewed Bruce
Friedrich about PETA’s intent.
A singing day entitled Ave, Virgo, Renaissance Music for the Virgin Mary,
is to be held at Stoke Climsland church on September 21, the Western Morning
News (Plymouth).said on August 23. The day is sponsored by the South West
Early Music Forum, part of a nationwide association to promote and further the
interests of early music for singers and instrumentalists.
"Jesus’s house in England is a popular place to visit"
headlines a story in the Irish News Limited August 22. It tells of the Virgin
Mary’s appearance to a widow named Richeldis who lived near the village of
Walsingham, of Mary taking her in vision to the Holy Land to show her the Holy
Family’s house, and the building of a "little Nazareth" in England
for people who could not go to the Holy Land.
Wales on Sunday on August 18 interviewed comedian Johnny Vegas, who is
filming his first movie, The Virgin of Liverpool, which tells of a young girl’s
fight to save a statue of the Virgin Mary when it is thrown out of her church.
The Liverpool Daily Post & Echo told of the movie on August 13.
A folder containing a business-sized condolence card mimicking that which
would be given to a bereaved family is among the funeral cards and death
threats received by Columbian Independent MP Gustavo Montealegre Almario since
his arrival in Australia, AAP Newsfeed said on August 16. "It’s all
very well organized and nicely done with images of the virgin (Mary) and all
this religious stuff," the MP’s translator said of the condolence card.
Mike Westley’s new take on the traditional crucifixion scene has caused
quite a stir, the Birmingham Post wrote on August 13. The usual format for
paintings of Jesus’ execution takes a viewpoint down among the crowd,
looking up at the central figure of Christ on the cross. Usually, mourners,
including the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalen, are also depicted at the foot of
the cross. Westley’s diptych of drawings of the crucifixion show the scene
through Christ’s eyes, revealing in the two pictures the view along his
right arm, and then his left, The drawings are on display at St. Philip’s
Cathedral, Colmore Row.
La Tomatina, the world’s largest tomato war, is now the central event in a
week-long fiesta in honor of Bunol’s patron saint, San Luis Bertran, and the
Virgin Mary, the London Daily Telegraph said on August 17. Bunol, 30 miles from
Valencia in Spain, celebrates the fiesta August 26 to September 1.
Lourdes is one of the holiday destinations recommended by Bonnier Media
Limited Trading as Business a.m. on August 16. An estimated 6m visitors go
each year because in 1858, at a small grotto called Massabiele, the Virgin
Mary appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous and directed her to uncover a
water source. Virgin Mary water bottles are kitsch souvenirs of Lourdes.
The Russian Orthodox Church on August 14 observes the feast of Procession
of Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord, the first of three
major August feasts commemorating the power of the Savior, TASS News Agency
said that day. On the same day, the Church recalls two extraordinary events
that occurred in the 12th century. Russian troops engaged in battle
with pagans saw bright rays of light emanating from the icons of Virgin Mary
and the Savior, embroidered on the standards. A similar vision of rays
appeared to the troops of the Byzantine emperor Emanuil on the same day. To
commemorate the event, the Church established a feast to venerate the Holy
Cross, Savior the Merciful and Virgin Mary.
A mother and daughter out for their nightly neighborhood walk found a
panaghia, a religious medallion worn by a bishop of the Orthodox Christian
Church, its gold sparkling in the middle of the street, the Anchorage Daily
News said on August 18.. "I saw that it had a picture of the Virgin Mary
and Baby Jesus, and I just figured it belonged to a church," Skyler Poff
said. She began to watch for a flier or newspaper notice and e-mailed Bishop
Nikolai’s assistant after her mother saw an article about the missing
necklace. "Our prayers were answered," said Bishop Nikolai, who had
been given the panaghia when he became a bishop. The case containing the
necklace had been placed on top of a car and had fallen off during a drive
from the chancery to the cathedral.
The San Antonio Express-News ran a photo
August 17 of Brian Garcia, 16, preparing some of the three tons of limestone he
used for his Eagle Scout candidacy project: a grotto for a statue of the Virgin
Mary at Little Flower Parish’s school. He had help from a stonemason and
other volunteers, including fellow Boy Scouts.
A replica pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima helps the faithful of San
Ysidro Parish bolster their religious devotion, the Albuquerque Tribune wrote
on August 20. The parish recently purchased the statue, which will visit
parishioners in their homes for two week periods. Catholics believe the Virgin
Mary appeared to a group of children in the village of Fatima, Portugal, in
1917, where she revealed secrets about the world to the children.
Nuns lift their voices in prayer is the caption for a photo showing Sister
May Kay Hadican of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet as she joins almost
1,000 members of various Catholic religious orders under the Gateway Arch to
pray for world peace and the healing of broken relationships. The event was
part of the national meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious,
which installed as its president Sister Mary Ann Zollmann, member of the
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
wrote on August 21.
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