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Liturgical Season

In preparation for the liturgical celebrations of The Month of October, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.

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New Resources

We have revised our answer to a reader's question: What about Our Lady of Olives?, added new entries to our list of Marian and Related Web Sites and The Hail Mary in Various Languages, and also 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.

We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page web site.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comments are a typical example:

I am so happy to have found this resource as a CCD teacher.
It is so beautiful and moving as well as educational.
Thanks so much.

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

A rare collection of art from the Vatican will be coming to UD during its small tour.  "The Mother of God: Art Celebrates Mary" will arrive in Sept. 2003 for a two month stay in the Roesch Library first-floor gallery and seventh-floor Marian Library Gallery.  The multicultural exhibition includes pieces dating from the fourth century to the 20th century.

The works include a variety of mediums such as oil on canvas and copper; tempera; gold on panel-carved sections of sarcophagi in marble; and statuary in wood, bronze, ivory, lead and soapstone.  The artists are from several different ethnic backgrounds.  Cultures of Africa, China, Korea, Greece, Central Europe, Russia, Brazil and the Solomon Islands are represented.  The 38-piece collection is housed in the Vatican Museums, although many of the pieces are in areas only accessible to scholars for study.

Aside from an extended stay at the John Paul II cultural center in Washington, D.C., the exhibit has rarely been seen by the public.  The cost of transporting, insuring and securing the art will be provided through private donations.

The works are put into six categories: Eve and Mary, The Incarnation, The Theotokos (Mother of God), Images of Prayer, Mary in Cultures Around the World and Walking with Mary in the Third Millennium.  The sections are introduced by writings from Pope John Paul II.

The exhibition puts emphasis on the mission of the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, which is serving as the host.  It will be the second exhibit in a biennial series of international art here at UD.

Source: "Rare Vatican art to make its way to campus" by Meghan Roberts, published on p. 7 in Flyer News for September 27, 2002.

For more information see also 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

World Rosary Day will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2002.  We have been told that the Holy Father has approved of this important event.  For further information click into www.world-rosary-day.net.


Papal Address on the Rosary as a Weapon of Peace

At Castel Gandolfo

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 29, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave today before reciting the midday Angelus with the faithful and pilgrims gathered at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters!

1. We are already at the threshold of the month of October, which, with the liturgical Memorial of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary, moves us to rediscover this traditional prayer, which is so simple yet so profound.

The rosary is a contemplative view of the face of Christ carried out, so to speak, through Mary's eyes. Therefore, it is a prayer that is at the very heart of the Gospel, and is in full harmony with the inspiration of the Second Vatican Council and very much in keeping with the indication I gave in the apostolic letter "Novo Millennio Ineunte": It is necessary that the Church "go into the deep" of the new millennium beginning with the contemplation of the face of Christ.

Therefore, I wish to suggest the recitation of the rosary to individuals, to families and to Christian communities. To give force to this request, I am also preparing a document, which will help to rediscover the beauty and depth of this prayer.

2. I wish to entrust once again the great cause of peace to the prayer of the rosary. We are faced with an international situation full of tensions, of incandescent dimensions. In some parts of the world, where the confrontation is stronger -- I am thinking in particular of the martyred land of Christ -- we can see that, although always necessary, the political attempts are worth little if spirits remain exacerbated and there is no ability to demonstrate a heartfelt disposition to renew the line of dialogue.

But, who can infuse such sentiments, save God alone? It is more necessary than ever that prayers for peace be raised to him throughout the world. Precisely in this perspective, the rosary reveals itself as a particularly appropriate prayer. It constructs peace also because, while appealing to God's grace, it sows in the one reciting it the seed of good, from which fruits of justice and solidarity in personal and community life can be expected.

I am thinking of nations, but also of families: how much peace would be assured in family relations, if the holy rosary was prayed by the family!

3. [John Paul II then greeted pilgrims in French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Italian. In English, he said:]

I extend a warm greeting to the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors, and invite you to make the month of October a time of special attention to the recitation of the rosary, the great prayer of intercession to Mary. Upon you and your families I invoke the joy and peace of the Lord.

[Finally, the Pope said in Italian:]

4. The prayer we are about to recite, begins by recalling the Archangel Gabriel's declaration to the Virgin Mary. Indeed, today is the feast of the holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: May these powerful ministers of God help us to correspond always with generous love to his will.

From L’Osservatore Romano

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

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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.  

Mary in the secular news from September 14 through September 22

Istanpitta, a four-member medieval music ensemble, will use such distinctive instruments as the oud (an Arab lute), medieval bagpipes and the chittara moresca (Moorish guitar) when it performs the 13th-century Cantigas de Santa Maria (Songs of Mary) September 28 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, the Houston Chronicle said on September 22. Istanpitta’s program, Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Mary, comes from approximately 420 songs in praise of the Virgin Mary that were collected for the Spanish king Alfonso X (aka Alfonso the Wise).

A letter from Diane Watts, national president of Women for Life, Faith and Family, published in the Ottawa Citizen September 22 states that "Joanna Manning and her admirers who wrote the Citizen letters suffer from an exaggerated form of clericalism when they covet the Catholic priesthood as the only source of leadership in the Church....The Catholic Church has never been an institution that ‘excludes the 50 per cent of the human race that is women’ as Ms. Manning claims. The Blessed Virgin Mary was not a priest and she has at least one church named after her in every diocese of the world."

Forty-five priests from Australia and England who viewed the apparition depicting the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus at the Shrine to Our Lady of Christ Church in the south coast town of Yankalilla were convinced "something is there" creating a "holy atmosphere" at the tiny church, the Sunday Mail (SA) wrote on September 22. The apparition was made public by Yankalilla’s Anglican priest Father Andrew Notere in 1996 and 150,000 people from around the world have visited the site. The pilgrimage was made by members of England’s ancient Society of the Holy Cross. On September 16 The Advertiser said that more than 50 priests were expected to gather at the Shrine, which drew world interest when what many believed to be a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared on an inside wall.

The classical CD roundup column September 21 in the London Daily Telegraph tells of a new disc by the four female singers of the ensemble Anonymous 4, which takes its name from a 13th century treatise that has given valuable insight into the musical practices prevalent in medieval times at the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Entitled La Belle Marie, the disc brings together 17 pieces from the same period, all written in praise of the Virgin Mary.

New Mexico is a state rife with elaborate beliefs, the London Independent wrote on September 21, in a story about the mystery of the so-called Miracle Staircase in a Santa Fe chapel dedicated to a Catholic order of nuns known as the Sisters of Loretto. The Sisters of Loretto, who came to New Mexico in the pioneering days of the Wild West, also had their own tradition of fantastical stories; the founding legend of their order is that the Virgin Mary’s house was magically transported from the Holy Land to Loreto near the Adriatic coast of Italy.

After a stone statue of the Virgin Mary was spray-painted orange and the brick walls of the Good Shepherd Church in Marine Park were defaced by vandals, state Sen. Carl Kruger established a 24-hour hotline out of his district office so that neighborhood tipsters could help nab those responsible, the New York Daily News said on September 19. The incident was reported also by Newsday on September 17.

Emanuele Crialese embellishes his boisterous but serious Italian comedy, Respiro, with a wealth of surprising and original surreal imagery, which includes using a hen to help get someone out of a coma, and placing a statue of the Virgin Mary on the sea-bed to help trace someone feared drowned, the Irish Times wrote on September 18. Respiro was one of the films shown at the 27th Toronto International Film Festival, which closed September 14.

The most recent effigy to jump on the bandwagon of "miraculous" incidents that include tears of myrrh from an icon of the Virgin Mary in Texas is a two and a half foot high fibreglass statue of the Madonna in a seaside town some 30 miles from Perth, Australia, Scotsman Publications Ltd. wrote on September 18. To the delight of her Catholic owner, the statue has been oozing oily, rose-scented tears since Easter this year. X-rays, chemical analysis and microscopic examination have all been unable to shed any scientific light on the matter. Reported also by the Melbourne Herald Sun (September 16), the Sunday Mail (QLD) (September 15) and the Advertiser (September 14).

Viewpoint from a Buffalo News reader published on September 16: "In regard to the proposed pro-life arch: In my opinion the millions being sought to build a sterile arch to the Virgin Mary would be more practical and indicative of her compassion by using them to build homes for those without homes, provide food for those without food and create jobs for those without jobs."

The annual Claremorris Open Exhibition, a community-inspired art event with global ambitions, includes "Knock Knock", a startling piece by Mick O’Shea, which has blow-up figures of Christ and the Virgin Mary being prodded at precise intervals by a mechanical contraption. Not long ago, such an exhibit would have created reactions on a national basis, causing devout citizens to take turns to recite decades of the Rosary outside Mr. Fix It’s shop on Mount Street. Nowadays nobody bats an eyelid, John Waters wrote in the Irish Times on September 16, in a discussion of political correctness, "small-town gobshitery" and the infantilism of journalists.

When President Bush met with Pope John Paul II last spring, he gave the pontiff a silver medallion with a hand-painted image of the Virgin Mary, The Houston Chronicle wrote on September 15, in an article that described gifts received by the President, many of them with a western theme, and said the president and his family also give their share of gifts to foreign officials and their families.

Anjelica Huston was among those performing at the Celebration of Dedication that capped a week of opening ceremonies for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Los Angeles Times said on September 15. When Huston addressed the audience, she described the cathedral’s contemporary bronze statue of the Virgin Mary (which was cast by her husband, sculptor Robert Graham) as "a daughter of Los Angeles, a woman of the 21st century...with the hands of a working woman, capable hands, strong hands - ready to help, ready to lift us up." Actress Rita Moreno, also participating in the celebration, added: "She is Caucasian, Asian, African, Latin, Native American."

From letters to the Los Angeles Times September 15 about depictions of Mary:

"I was horrified by the photo on the Sept. 1 cover of Calendar - supposedly depicting the Blessed Mother of God ("In Our Own Image," by Reed Johnson, Sept. 10). I could only think of a glorified Hitler youth. The statue doesn’t even resemble a woman, much less the Virgin Mary, Mother of God."

"Peter Cowell writes of Robert Graham’s statue, ‘History tells us that our holy Mother Mary could never have looked or dressed like that’ "Letters, Sept. 8)....Cowell would not refer to Mary as Holy Mother if he was interested only in her natural properties, beyond which religious art is meant to explore. Iconography that fails to do so is merely idolatry."

Recent visitors to a public house in Glasgow may have encountered a middle-aged Catholic missionary nun carrying a 3 ft-high plaster statuette of the Virgin Mary, The London Sunday Times said on September 15. She is Sister Ruth, "a curious woman who trots the fleshpots of the globe attempting to save souls and is currently enduring a sojourn in the Second City." Sister Ruth visited the newspaper’s Glasgow offices, where she started talking about the Satanists: "Twice they have tried to poison me, and once they pushed me down a flight of stairs in Dublin," she said before being ushered out.

For those seeking enrichment of the soul, divine guidance or perhaps a miracle, a pilgrimage is suggested by the Courier Mail travel writer on September 14. The Visitations of Mary tour, run by Harvest Pilgrimages, offers a round-up of all the sites visited by apparitions of the Virgin Mary, going to Fatima, where three peasant children saw visions of the Virgin on a hillside in 1917; Lourdes, where the peasant girl who became St. Bernadette saw apparitions of Mary in 1858, and Medjugorje, were she most recently appeared to six Croatian teenagers.

Peter Mullan, whose struggle to chart the grim lives of unmarried mothers in Ireland’s Magdalene asylums has won him a prestigious film award, was profoundly affected by the documentary, the Glasgow Herald said on September 14. No longer a practicing Catholic and a self-described agnostic, Mullan had to leave the scene while filming a shot in Orphans where a statue of the Virgin Mary was smashed. Shown at the Toronto Film Festival, the film will premiere in Ireland.

People are flocking to the northern Saskatchewan community of Ile-a-La-Crosse after townspeople said they saw the white image of the Virgin Mary on the side of a backyard greenhouse, the Ottawa Citizen said on September 14. The image first appeared the night of September 9. The greenhouse owner tried to scrub it away the following day, but it reappeared. Now people say there’s a strong smell of roses inside the shed.

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