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Liturgical Season

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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New Resources

We have added a review of Vincenzina Krymow's illustrated book, Healing Plants of the Bible, as well as a reflection by Br. John Samaha, Mariology on the Move.  We have also revised our answer to a reader's question: Who is Our Lady of Hope? and expanded our illustrated explanations of Mary's Assumption into Heaven and the Litany of Loreto

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  News from the Marian Library

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.

Also, J. Myler emailed us the following observation:

Did you know that there is a reference -- almost! -- to the Immaculate Conception in the "Battle Hymn of the Republic"? I recognized it for the first time today.

There is a little-used 3rd verse in Julia Howe's poem (which took the melody of "John Brown's Body") that reads and sings:

"...Let the Hero born of woman
Crush the serpent under heal --
For God is marching on!"

Perhaps one of you who is better at word-smithing that I am can make a slight change to correct that reference to Genesis, and give America's patroness her rightful place in one of the hymns of our national heritage.

Finally, Virginia Kimball, an IMRI student, informs us that her parish, Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Dracut, Massachusetts, has been largely rebuilt after a fire.  The photo at left was taken on 9/19/2002 by Peter Maravelias, Building Chairman and Treasurer of the Church, who granted us permission to print it.

Current Exhibit

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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Major 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)

Call for Papers for MSA 2003 (May 21-24 in Los Angeles)

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

The schedule of IMRI courses for Fall 2002 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.

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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

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 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


Not posted this week. Expect an update to this section next week.

From L’Osservatore Romano

L’Osservatore Romano September 11, 2002

Before the Angelus on September 8, the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, the Holy Father greeted the pilgrims with an address on the power of prayer. He said the secret for facing not only emergencies, but, day after day, fatigue, personal and social problems lies in prayer made with faith. He prayed that Mary would help us to understand the great value of prayer, the intimate union of the soul with God. He said, "Let us ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to open our hearts to greater confidence in the Lord who in her, the humble and docile handmaid, worked great wonders."

The Holy Father celebrated Mass at Castel Gandolfo on August 31 with the first group of Bishops from Brazil to make their ad limina visit this year. The Bishops belong to Brazil’s Southern Region II, the state of Parana. The Pope addressed them about the needs of the Church in Brazil, which he listed as the new evangelization, sacramental catechesis, the formation of youth, dealing with immigration and the inroads of the sects. He entrusted their apostolic mission to the intercession of the Virgin Mary, "who in every age is the bright Star of Evangelization."

L’Osservatore Romano September 4, 2002

The Holy Father offered great encouragement for the September return to daily obligations and duties after the summer vacation, during the Angelus September 1 at Castel Gandolfo. He said we have to find God in ordinary life and prayed, "May the Virgin Mary teach and help us to make of our life a humble and joyful hymn of praise to God, in whose eyes an act of love is worth more than splendid undertakings. May Mary support us in our daily obligations so that, as the Apostle exhorts us today, we may not be conformed to the mentality of the world, but may be transformed by the renewal of our minds to ‘be able to discern the will of God’ (Rom 12,2)."

For the dedication of the Marian shrine, "Notre-Dame d’Arigbo" (Our Lady of Peace) at Dassa-Zoume, Benin, the Holy Father addressed a Message, dated July 8, to Cardinal Bernardin Gantin who presided at the Eucharistic celebration on August 25. The Message was signed by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State. Excerpts from the message:

The Holy Father cordially joins in the joy and thanksgiving of the pilgrims who since 1954 have come in great numbers to this shrine to express their loving devotion to the Mother of God and to entrust themselves to her motherly protection.

May this shrine dedicated to the Mother of God, Our Lady of Peace, be a reminder to all Christians to revive the gift they received in Baptism, so as to become every day living stones of the Church, the Family of God.

In his homily at the Mass for the dedication of the shrine Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, Dean of the College of Cardinals and a native of Benin, said the Marian shrine is "our dream come true. Indeed it marks an important stage of our long journey, strewn with fears and difficulties." He said that "Mary of Nazareth is honoured and prayed to as Mother of the Church in all places and in all times: these are the great realities of faith which today, in the name of the new evangelization, send us on a mission of charity to the poorest and neediest." He said that the Holy Mother of Jesus has always given us a magnificent example of sharing. He said, "Let us remember that this place has been the meeting place of our national Marian pilgrimage since 1954, and that people converge here from neighboring Churches and countries, such as Togo, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. All our joys and hopes, our anguish and our efforts go together. Let us pray and hope that our bonds of fraternal communion in the Church-Family will become even closer, after the example of the members of the first Christian communities who were of one heart and soul..." Cardinal Gantin presented two images, one of St. Francis of Assisi, prophet of peace, and one of St. Louis, King of France, a defender of equal Justice for all, poor and rich alike. He said that on St. Louis’ feast "we have come here to dedicate this shrine to Mary, Mirror of Justice and Queen of Peace, for the greater glory of God."

The Directory on Popular Piety, Liturgy, Principles and Guidelines, published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, was presented to the media on April 9 in the Holy See Press Office. Among those taking part in the press conference were Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and Archbishop Francesco Pio Tamburrino, O.S.B., Secretary of the same Congregation. Cardinal Estevez said that popular piety is a treasure of the church, is an expression of faith, and has implications for both private and public life. "From this viewpoint, the many forms of genuine popular devotion are primarily the witness of the faith of the simple of heart, expressed in an immediate way, emphasizing one or another facet of the Christian faith without claiming to embrace the whole. The same ‘sensible’, ‘corporal’, ‘visible’ elements, which characterize popular devotion, are the sign of the inner desire of the faithful to express their loyalty to Christ, their love of the Virgin Mary, and the invocation of the Saints. To touch an image of the Crucified Lord or of Our Lady of Sorrows reveals an instinctive desire somehow to share in that sorrow; to make a pilgrimage on foot, despite fatigue and expense, is a way of showing the inner desire to draw near to the mystery made visible at the shrine."

Giuseppe Luppino presented a "Short History of the Angelus" as the Church prepared to celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation on March 25. The Angelus in the form we have it was crystallized only around the first half of the 16th century. Before that, the name Ave Maria was applied to the moment of prayer specifically devoted to the daily recitation of the Hail Mary. Pope Sixtus IV, in 1475, was the first to endow the recitation of the Angelus at noon with an indulgence. The Angelus is a moment of prayer that has been used to sanctify the first part of the day for centuries and that even was prayed to rescue Christianity in difficult moments, such as happened in Belgrade in 1456, when the Turks succeeded in invading Serbia.

L’Osservatore Romano August 28, 2002

On August 25 the Holy Father introduced the Angelus by reflecting on how Providence calls the human creature to responsibility for creation as steward of the earth. He asked the pilgrims to support with prayer the deliberations of the World Summit on Sustainable Development taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the end of his remarks the Pope invited everyone to join in prayer with the Archdiocese of Syracuse, Italy, which is observing the 50th anniversary of the phenomenon of Our Lady’s tears with a special Marian Year that goes from August 29, 2002, to September 1, 2003. He said that the Blessed Virgin Mary "takes part in the joys and sorrows, the anxieties and hopes of humanity, as happened about 50 years ago in Syracuse when an image of Our Lady, now kept in the shrine especially built for it, shed tears for several days." He said, "We willingly join the beloved community of Syracuse in prayer, convinced that the tears of the heavenly Mother are an eloquent sign of Divine Mercy, to which I again wish to entrust the Church and the whole world."

In a letter published August 24 by the Vatican, the Holy Father expressed his good wishes to the clergy and faithful of the Los Angeles Archdiocese for the impending consecration of their new cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of the Angels. The Pope wrote, "Even though Jesus said, ‘The Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head’ (Mt 8.20), we rejoice over the honour that will be shown to the Son of God himself and to his Mother with her title ‘of the Angels’, by the consecration of this church."

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Mary in the Secular Press

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