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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 added new entries to our list of Marian and Related Web Sites and also expanded our illustrated explanations of Mary's Assumption into Heaven and the Serenity Pines Garden.

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  News from the Marian Library

New Exhibit

The Marian Library is currently exhibiting GOD BLESS AMERICA: Artistic Variations on 9-11, by John Solowianiuk.  This exhibit will run from October 7 thru November 22, 2002; hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday  or by special arrangement [call (937) 229-4214].

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.  The first courses for the Fall 2002 term are underway as of October 14.

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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


A concert of "Advent and Marian Music for the Journey" will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. in Mother of God Church at 119 West 6th Street in Covington, Kentucky.  Their second concert will feature Pärt, Vaughn-Williams, a new Magnificat by Robert Campbelle, and Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Nöel.  A local tradition, this concert always celebrates beautiful music in a grand setting.  Tickets: $12.

To reserve tickets, call Justin at 859-441-4715.  For general or concert information, call Chris Miller at859-491-2363.  For periodic updates visit http://home.fuse.net/cincinnaticamerata.

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


VATICAN, Oct 16, 02 (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II will release an apostolic letter on devotion to the Virgin Mary on October 16-- the anniversary of his election to the pontificate-- according to informed Vatican sources.

Leaks from the Vatican, in anticipation of the document's release, suggest that the Pope will introduce five new mysteries to the Rosary. The five new mysteries, the "luminous mysteries," will focus on the public life of Jesus Christ, Vatican sources say. They will be: the Baptism in the Jordan, the temptation in the desert, the proclamation of the Kingdom, the Transfigurations, and the entry into Jerusalem.

The Rosary is a traditional Marian devotion, popularized at first by St. Bernard, later by the Dominican order, and still later by St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort. The Rosary is composed of five joyful mysteries (which are recited on Mondays and Thursdays), five sorrowful mysteries (recited on Tuesdays and Saturdays), and five glorious mysteries (Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.) The five new mysteries would reportedly be used on Saturdays.


Holy Father Recommends the Rosary

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 9, 2002 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II ended his general audience with a recommendation to the faithful to pray the rosary.

Among the 16,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square today were youths, newlyweds in their wedding clothes, and numerous people in wheelchairs. Before bidding farewell to the crowd, the Pontiff imparted some personal advice.

"October, the month of the holy rosary, encourages us to value ever more this prayer so loved by the Christian people's tradition," said the Pope, who plans to publish a letter on the rosary soon.

"I invite you, dear young people, to pray it every day," he said. "I encourage you, dear sick people, to place yourselves with confidence in the hands of Mary, invoking her incessantly with the holy rosary."

He added: "And I exhort you, dear newlyweds, not to neglect this praying meditation on the mysteries of Christ, in the light of the Virgin's gaze."

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 press from September 25 through October 7, 2002

Jules Massenet’s "Le Jongleur de Notre Dame" depicts a juggler and street musician who so pleases the Virgin Mary with his "low" tricks that her statute miraculously smiles. The rarely heard opera was performed by the Boston Academy of Music October 4 through 8 at the Blackman Theatre, Northeastern University, the Boston Globe said on October 7. Reviewed also by the Boston Herald October 6.

Anthony Milner, who died September 22, was the foremost British Catholic composer of his generation, the Irish Times said on October 5. His brilliant Opus One, Salutatio Angelica (1948), was a cantata for voices and chamber orchestra in praise of the Virgin Mary.

"I collect Virgin Marys and churchical stuff. I got this gorgeous Virgin Mary in Lourdes, it’s five foot tall," singer Sinead O’Connor said in an interview with the Irish Times October 5.

Istanpitta, the medieval music group, dipped into famous collections of medieval songs for its entertaining program, Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Saint Mary, presented September 27 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, the Houston Chronicle said on September 30. The most sensational music of the evening was Mariam Matrem (Praise Mary, the Virgin Mary) from Montpellier.

Few people come now to visit what some Christians consider a sacred place, where an image of what looked like the blessed Virgin Mary materialized six years ago on the side of a glass building in Clearwater, the St. Petersburg Times said on September 28. On a recent windy, overcast morning, only one man was praying to the Virgin Mary image at what is now the Shepherds of Christ spiritual center. Site leader Emily Lehrter said people come from almost every country to see the image. Glass experts who examined the rainbow-colored image determined it was the result of a chemical reaction and corrosion of metallic elements in the building’s glass coating.

A Church of England bishop was criticized for dedicating a shrine to the Virgin Mary, the London Times wrote on September 28. The Right Rev. Richard Lewis, Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich, led the ceremony at St. Mary-at-the-Elms church in Ipswich, despite opposition from religious groups. The Church Society, which upholds the Anglican Protestant tradition, wrote to the bishop describing Marian devotion as "folly" and "contrary to the faith of the Church of England." Bishop Lewis said there was "no question of a return to a medieval cult of the worship of Mary."

More than 30 chalk artists, led by artist Ron Juncal, created a 150-foot street mural that was the centerpiece for Carlsbad’s first Artsplash, a two-day family festival fearing art, music and food, the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote on September 26. Juncal combines a modern approach with the traditional techniques used by street artists known as "madonnari." Drawing elaborate chalk pictures of the Virgin Mary, madonnari artists duplicated the rich color and depth of Old World masterpieces on the streets of Italy.

Conveying a religious experience might be a bit daunting so some, but not to the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Mexico, Freedom Magazines International wrote on October, 2002. The virtual Virgen can be found at a site meant to capture the 1531 sightings of the Virgin Mary. The site, in Spanish, offers plenty of animation and video but is slow, even on a fast connection.

Two San Antonio men who tackled the question of the authenticity of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City have come to differing conclusions, the Texas Monthly wrote in its October, 2002 issue. Leoncio A. Garza-Valdes, pediatrician, microbiologist and amateur archeologist who concluded that the Shroud of Turin is possibly a relic of the time of Jesus of Nazareth, was asked to do research on the famed Virgin of Guadalupe image by church officials at the basilica in Mexico City. He invited a fellow physician and friend, Gilberto Aguirre, to join him and they hired Lester Rosebrock, a medical and scientific photographer from the University of Texas, to take ultraviolet and infrared photographs of the image. After viewing the photos, Garza-Valdes, a believer in Our Lady of Guadalupe, no longer believes she appeared to Diego. Aguirre believes the image could be miraculous. Garza-Valdes will publish his findings in a forthcoming book titled "Tepeyac: Five Centuries of Deceit," scheduled for release this month in Mexico City by Random House.

In Roger Housden’s allegorical tale, a Greek icon painter’s search for love takes him to a monastery in Greece, the shrine of Delphi, where he has a vision of the Virgin Mary, who poses a riddle that holds the key to his quest, and to other sites in Greece and Turkey, Publishers Weekly Reviews said on September 30.

During his trial before the UN war crimes tribunal, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic on October 8 responded to a witness who explained that the Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary had been blown up in the explosion of a few tons of explosives, saying, "So, the building which was used as an arms depot was blown up and what you are talking about consequently happened in Vocin." Reported by Global News Wire October 8.

A police report of a burglary in the Allentown Morning Call October 2 indicates that a 14-karat gold necklace with a medallion of the Virgin Mary and a 14-karat gold necklace with a crucifix were stolen out of a jewelry box at a home in Bethlehem.

Jonathan Turley writes in the September 30 issue of the Los Angeles Times that his secretary’s iconic arm could well be an exhibit in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is whether tattooing is a protected form of religious or political speech under the Constitution. A multicolored tattoo of the Virgin Mary extends from the secretary’s neck to her right elbow.

Two young daughters change their names and take to seeing the Virgin Mary in a tree in their grandmother’s yard after their mother dies, in Haven Kimmel’s first novel, "The Solace of Leaving Early," reviewed in the Greensboro, NC News & Record on September 29.

A Catholic group called the Association for the Arch of Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is trying to raise $100 billion to build the world’s tallest monument, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, on the Lake Erie shore in Buffalo, NY, the Washington Times said on September 27. If built, the 700-foot-tall golden arch would surpass the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Washington Monument. A mural will portray the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe - the Virgin Mary - who Catholics believe appeared to peasant Juan Diego in 1531 near the present-day Mexico City. Association founder Laurence D. Behr said he chose an arch-shaped design honoring Mary in September 2000 after a dream in which a woman appeared to him and showed him a beautiful shrine set in a valley. "This is the shrine of the Golden Arch of Mary," he says she told him.

Some of noted English composer Ivan Moody’s most important works have been performed in Seattle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said on October 4. Three years ago, the vocal ensemble Cappella Romana gave the world premiere of his "Akathist Hymn," which provides a musical setting for a sixth-century masterpiece of Byzantine poetry written in honor of the Virgin Mary.

In Corpus Christi a woman told police that someone stole her 3-feet tall statue of the Virgin Mary, valued at $45. A neighbor told her they saw someone parked in her driveway with the trunk of the vehicle open. Reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times October 2.

Among fall festivals recommended by the National Post, Toronto Edition, on October 5, is Festa della Madonna dell Salute in Venice, Italy, on November 21. Each year, Venetians celebrate their deliverance from the plague by visiting the Basilica della Santa Maria della Salute. The church was built more than three centuries ago in honour of the Virgin Mary, after the ending of the plague that beset Venice during the war against Austria.

In Santa Monica, one of the works shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the young heroine rebels against her mother’s move across town by insisting on participating in her old neighborhood’s Assumption of the Virgin Mary Procession and, when denied a place, goes so far as to steal a pair of angel’s wings. Reported by Variety, October 7-13 and the Vancouver Sun October 4.

Indian doctors said that the Vatican was making a mistake in attributing a miracle to the late Mother Teresa, saying strong medicines and not divine intervention had cured a cancer-stricken patient. The patient’s tumor disappeared after a medal of the Virgin Mary, placed on Mother Teresa’s body after she died, was placed on her stomach. The Vatican formally recognized the healing of the Indian woman’s abdominal tumor as a miracle wrought by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, bringing her a significant step closer to sainthood. Reported by Agence France Presse October 2 and 8.

The rejection of Spain’s growing Muslim community is ironic, some say, since the historic hybrid of Islam and Catholicism is one of the most celebrated aspects of Spanish culture. It is not uncommon to find a portrait of the Virgin Mary next to Arabic baths built during the 800 years of Muslim rule, the Christian Science Monitor said on October 2, in a story about Spain’s Muslim converts reaching out to Moroccan immigrant women and children.

A nun who claims the world will be destroyed in four years is preaching in the Granite City, the Aberdeen Evening Express wrote October 1. Sister Ruth Augustus, who arrived with her traveling partner, a three-feet high statue of the Virgin Mary, is on a mission to bring people back to God and says her crusade has the Pope’s blessing. Also reported by the Aberdeen Press and Journal.

Father Andrew Notere, who was at the center of a public furor when he said a Madonna and Child shape had appeared on a wall of the Shrine of Our Lady of Yankalilla church in 1995, will decide whether to remain at Yankalilla or take a post with the United Nations’ refugee program in Africa, the Southern Times said on September 25. The Anglican priest changed his surname from Nutter after unkind connotations and death threats.

The four females singers of Anonymous 4 recreate the sound of a 13th century nunnery in Immaculate, warm and ethereal. All the songs celebrate the Virgin Mary. From the Northern Echo, September 26.

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