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.
Address on Value of the Rosary
Geared Toward Peace and Toward Christ, Says John Paul II
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 27, 2002 (Zenit.org)
Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave today before praying the
Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. The address was in
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
1. We are virtually at the end of the month of October, the month of the holy
rosary. As you know, the next months, until October 2003, constitute the special
"Year of the Rosary." I wished, in this way, to place the 25th year of
my pontificate under the sign of this prayer.
The most important reason for proposing again the practice of the rosary is
the fact that it constitutes the valid means to foster among the faithful that
commitment to contemplation of the face of Christ, for which I appealed
following the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.
2. The Virgin Mary is the unsurpassable model of Christian contemplation (see
apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae,"
No. 10). From Jesus' conception until his resurrection and ascension into
heaven, his Mother kept the gaze of her immaculate heart fixed on her divine
Son: a wondrous, penetrating, sorrowful and radiant gaze (see ibid.). It is this
Marian look, full of faith and love, that the individual Christian and the
ecclesial community make their own when they recite the rosary.
In order "to develop the Christological meaning of the rosary"
(ibid., No. 19), the apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae"
integrates the traditional three cycles of the mysteries -- of joy, sorrow and
glory, with a new cycle: the mysteries of light, which refer to the public life
3. As every genuine prayer, the rosary does not remove us from reality, but
helps to live the latter interiorly united to Christ, giving witness to the love
of God. Therefore, the document mentioned exhorts us to rediscover the beauty of
the recitation of the rosary as a family. "The family that prays together,
stays together" (ibid., 41).
Therefore, "by its nature," the rosary is a prayer oriented
"to peace." In this Year of the Rosary, Christians are called to keep
their gaze fixed on Christ, prince of peace, so that thoughts and gestures of
justice and peace will prevail in hearts and among peoples.
Let us invoke today, in particular, the intercession of the Virgin, so loved
by the Russian people, who in these last days have suffered so much. While we
pray for the victims of the recent painful ordeal, let us pray to the holy
Virgin so that such events will not be repeated.
O Mary, who placed in our hands the holy rosary, teach us to pray it, becoming
in your school authentic contemplatives and witness of Christ.
Bishop Fisichella at the Marianum
Perspective from Rector of Lateran University (excerpts)
ROME, OCT. 25, 2002 (Zenit.org)
Bishop Fisichella spoke at the opening of the academic year of the Marianum
Pontifical Faculty of Theology, a university institution administered by the
Order of Servants of Mary, which is dedicated primarily to studies on the figure
of Mary, in the mystery of Christ and the Church, and on ecumenism. The
highlight of the ceremony was the farewell address of outgoing president Father
Ignacio Calabuig, and the inauguration of the Marianum's new president, Friar
Among the novelties at the Marianum is the second edition of a course on
"Women and Christianity," which will be held in March, and the growing
number of publications of students as well as professors. Registration, however,
has declined slightly. Next week, Rosa Cali, alumna of the Marianum, will be
awarded, by the Pope himself, the prize of the pontifical academies for the best
work in the area of Mariology. Cali's work has focused on the "anti-Mariological"
texts of the Church Fathers.
Why It's Not the Right Time for a Dogma on Mary as Co-redemptrix (Zenit News)
According to Member of International Pontifical Marian Academy
ROME, OCT. 21, 2002 - Will the Church proclaim Mary the Co-redemptrix and
Mediatrix of all graces, as some groups urge? ZENIT asked Father Stefano de
Fiores, renowned Mariologist, about the possibility. Father de Fiores is a
member of the International Pontifical Marian Academy, which advises the Pope on
all theological questions relating to the person of Mary. He said that to define
Mary as "Co-redemptrix" does not mean to place her at the same saving
level as Jesus, but to emphasize her cooperative role in salvation.
Q: There is a proposal to invoke Mary as Co-redemptrix. Would it be necessary
to proclaim a new dogma?
Father de Fiores: From the conciliar and ecumenical point of view, it is
certainly not opportune to proclaim this dogma at this time. The separated
brethren, Protestants and Orthodox, reproach us for not consulting them in
regard to the last dogmas on Mary. This is why I think that a dogma of this type
would have to include their participation. Let us first move toward union or
toward a certain convergence among Christians; we will then examine if it is
pertinent to proclaim Mary Co-redemptrix. In fact, the title of Co-redemptrix
has not been used since Pius XII, and the Pontiffs do not mention it precisely
so as not to cause a misunderstanding with the Protestants. Indeed,
co-redemption is not something new. Already, Irenaeus, the Church Father,
referred to Mary as "causa salutis" [cause of our salvation] given her
Q: Isn't it heretical to raise Mary to this category, placing her almost at
the same saving level of Jesus?
Father de Fiores: It is necessary to clarify that it is not a question of
placing her on the same plane as Jesus. The central character of the Redeemer's
salvation is a given. The Virgin is seen as a collaborator in this redemption.
Jesus Christ is not debated. It is not about a juxtaposition to the redemption
work of Jesus Christ, but a participation, a dependency in salvation. This point
must be very clear.
Q: Today, Catholicism is emphasizing Mary's salvific role. Why?
Father de Fiores: We must keep in mind that every year over 1,000 theological
articles are published on Mary. The great concern of Mariologists is to avoid an
isolated discourse on Mary. For this reason, Mariology is studied with an
interdisciplinary approach, and articles and books are published that combine
Mariology with other fields of theology, including soteriology. Mary's role in
salvation was already addressed by Vatican Council II. The historic-salvific-conciliar
change of direction has spoken of Mary in the mystery of Christ and of the
Church. Mary is not a separate chapter. The Church Fathers themselves
accentuated the aspect of Mary in salvation. Today, in addition to being
centered in salvation, there is a tendency to see Christianity's involvement in
history. In this connection, Mary is the free and responsible woman who sings a
hymn of freedom, the Magnificat, and the woman who keeps the poor in mind. She
proclaims the freedom that Christ will bring in time and in history. Thus, Mary
is the model and paradigm of man saved by Christ.
In a world like ours, fragmented in blocks, Mary is the one who accepts the
other while maintaining her identity. Mary is in favor of man. Beyond affirming
that she is the one who receives salvation, she is the one who brings it about.
Q: What are the consequences in the ecumenical way?
Father de Fiores: The Protestants -- I am thinking, for example, of Henrick
Ott, Karl Barth's successor in Basle -- admit that they feel uncomfortable with
the presentation of Mary as Mediatrix, formulated by Leo XIII. However, they
understand our affirmation that one goes to Jesus through Mary. They think that
at times we present Mary as if she were outside Christ's mediation. The Vatican
gives the solution: Mary's mediation is in Christ, not next to Christ. It is
shown that not only does she save but that she makes salvation possible. This
way she is acceptable to all.
Q: In his new letter on the rosary, the Pope has proposed a Marian spiritual
revolution. What is the Pope's intention?
Father de Fiores: It is not a revolution but a rediscovery and an improvement
in the form. With a few variations, the rosary had remained almost the same
since 1569. The Pope proposes some novelties with these five mysteries. He makes
the prayer of the rosary more centered on Christ and more meditative, less
mechanical and more reflective. The new mysteries respond to a need that
scholars, especially in Italy and France, had pointed out on several occasions.
Between the last joyful mystery and the first sorrowful there was too great a
leap. Significant episodes in the public life of Jesus were forgotten. In any
case, it is obvious that the rosary is a synthesis and cannot contain
Q: Is the rosary now more Christological and less Mariological in character?
Father de Fiores: John Paul II insists on putting Jesus Christ at the center.
The Hail Mary is a Marian prayer but also Christological. Jesus and his name are
at the center. For this reason, the clause of the name of Jesus is repeated,
which gives this prayer a more Christological and, hence, a more ecumenical
character. As early as 1300, a community of Cistercian women religious of
Treveri had added more than 50 clauses to Jesus' name.
Also significant is the emphasis the Pope gives to moments of silence. The
rosary must not be prayed mechanically. In addition to emphasizing silence, the
biblical enunciation of the mystery, and other novelties, the Pope has added a
final ejaculation: a prayer for the grace of the mystery to be granted to the
person reciting the rosary. It is a passing from prayer to life. The rosary is
the only prayer that brings the mystery celebrated liturgically to personal
life. Moreover, it is extremely important for peace. The rosary, for example,
had a decisive role in the life of the Church from the time of the Battle of
Lepanto [Oct. 7, 1571], which marked the defeat of the Ottomans. Indeed, it was
there that the title Virgin of the Rosary was born. However, be careful: We must
not regard the rosary as a weapon. It is not. It is a peaceful means to obtain
peace. Given the violence and insufficiency of public means, only God can give
peace. Only he can infuse in men's and women's hearts the serenity not to pursue
Rosary Touted as "Weapon" for Peace (Zenit News)
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 22, 2002 - Monday's suicide attack in Israel is an urgent
reminder of the need to pray the rosary for peace, says the Vatican's
semiofficial newspaper. In a front-page story, L'Osservatore Romano described
the Palestinian attack on an Israeli bus as a "New Killing Against
Peace." The attack left 14 dead, including two assailants, and more than 50
wounded. "The massacre makes more urgent John Paul II's appeal to take the
rosary again between one's hands with confidence," reads the subtitle of
the banner headline in the Italian edition dated Wednesday. The Al Qods
Brigades, the armed branch of Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for the car
bomb attack at the crossroads of Karkur, in the southern border of Pardes Hanna.
"Another massacre has been perpetrated by the enemies of peace,"
the Vatican paper says. "Following a clear strategy of death, the
extremists have struck once again, while international diplomacy is committed to
the attempt to relaunch the dialogue."
"The continuous mourning, on one side and the other, makes the renewal
of negotiations increasingly difficult," the article adds. In this kind of
crisis, the rosary must become "a poor and powerful weapon that each day
builds authentic peace," the article concludes.
Not posted this week. Expect an update to this section next
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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 October 10 through October
The discovery of a first century Jewish burial box
inscribed “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” has highlighted the
long, unresolved debate between Protestants on one hand and Catholics and
Orthodox on the other over the nature of Jesus’ nuclear family, the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said on October 23. Theologians of all stripes agree
that the burial box - called an ossuary - doesn’t change the argument over
whether Jesus’ mother, Mary, remained a virgin.
Philippine authorities were investigating possible links
between “foreign terrorists” and a series of deadly bomb attacks in the
country’s strife-torn south, officials said yesterday. A soldier was killed
and 17 others injured in the latest attack on October 20, when a bomb exploded
outside a Roman Catholic shrine in the southern city of Zamboanga. The shrine,
which features a century-old icon of the Virgin Mary, is a heavily guarded
public place with a Marine detachment camped nearby. Reported by the
Australian on October 22. On October 11 police defused a homemade bomb near a
Christian shrine in Zamboanga.where about 100 people were to celebrate the
annual Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Singapore Straits Times said on
Chanticleer, a 12-male a capella vocal ensemble
from the San Francisco Bay area, has won a Grammy Award, is signed to Warner
Classics and is about to release its 25th recording. One of the
group’s discs, “Magnificat,” a collection of early music devoted to the
Virgin Mary, reached the Top 5 on the Billboard classical charts, the Buffalo
News said on October 21. The group was in Buffalo to present a concert on
Put the Disney design stamp on Beauty and the Beast and
all over the world children compute the information that the Beast now and for
ever shall wear a purple satin cloak and look like Brian Blessed in a bad
mood, while Beauty or “Belle”....is as iconographically distinct in her
blue and white as the Virgin Mary, a reviewer for the London Independent said
about “Disney on Ice” on October 21.
“Edgardo Mine,” a play based on the 1997 book “The
Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” by David I. Kertzer, which follows the
taking of a 6-year-old Jewish boy who had been secretly baptized Catholic by a
servant, his parent’s struggle to get him back, and the personal interest
Pius IX showed in him, began previews at the Hartford Stage and was set to
open October 23, the Boston Globe wrote on October 20. There are two versions
of the story in the book, one that when his parents went to see him he wanted
to say the Shema, a Jewish prayer, and the other that when his mother
visited he said, “You are not my mother. The Virgin Mary is my mother.”
In Keith Warner’s new production of “Wozzeck” for
the Royal Opera, The London Sunday Telegraph wrote on October 20, “our first
glimpse of Marie, the mother of Wozzeck’s bastard son, is of her suspended
in mid-air holding a corn sheaf...like a cross between a fertility goddess and
the Virgin Mary, a radiant vision of the womanhood she will never attain.”
Candles, rosaries and scapulars were provided for those
participating in the 20th annual Our Lady of Lourdes Rosary
Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on October 20, the New
Orleans Times-Picayune said on that date. The Men’s Club carried a statue of
Our Lady of Fatima and a statue of the Virgin Mary was crowned in the church.
The Pope has done a remarkable thing by unexpectedly
inserting a completely new section into the Rosary, the London Daily Telegraph
said on October 19. The present 15 mysteries, which include the Annunciation by
the angel Gabriel of the conception of Jesus by the Virgin Mary, the Visitation
of the pregnant Virgin to her cousin Elizabeth, the Assumption of the Virgin
Mary into heaven and the crowning of the Virgin Mary in heaven by Jesus, were
listed. Five new mysteries which the Pope calls the “Mysteries of Light,”
are taken from the publish life of Jesus. The pope points out in a 30-page
document (Rosarium Virginis Mariae) that the devotion is christocentric:
“It is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ.”
A radical radio station has drawn the wrath of Poland’s
Catholic Church amid increasingly frantic efforts by Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the
veteran Catholic Primate, to silence its broadcasts, the London Independent
said on October 19. The station has two million listeners and is filling
Poland’s airwaves with talk radio espousing such right-wing and conservative
Catholic views that even the Vatican cannot stand it. In the countryside, the
signs on the sides of roads or the edge of villages are hard to miss.
Underneath a simple depiction of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus are the words:
“Radio Maryja 104.7 FM.”
Brian Bisonnette (Free for All, Oct. 12) was wrong to
equate Amiri Baraka’s obscene lies about the Jewish people with the offensive
painting of the Virgin Mary that was included in the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s
“Sensation” exhibit. Baraka spread a damning myth about Jews….In the
Brooklyn Museum case, the painting was clearly offensive to Catholics,
but….did not spew lies about Catholics as a people. From an editorial in the
Washington Post October 19.
The singers in Anonymous 4 have discovered in their 16
years as a touring early-music vocal ensemble that fame has its pitfalls and
they are not always what one expects, The New York Times said on October 18.
Recently the singers received a letter complaining about a publicity photograph
in a brochure for Music before 1800, the early music series at Corpus Christ
Church, where Anonymous 4 is presenting “La belle Marie: Songs to the Virgin
from Medieval France.”
In the picture three of the singers are standing but one
is seated, and although she is wearing slacks, the writer expressed dismay that
her sitting position was unladylike. “Because we’re singing about the
Virgin Mary, they feel it’s inappropriate,” one of them said.
A 300-year-old statue of Our Lady of San Juan de los
Lagos, which is frequently on tour from its home church in the Mexican state of
Jalisco, was to be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine from October 18
through 27, the San Antonio Express-News wrote on October 18.
The statue commemorates what tradition calls a 17th-century
miracle in which a girl who was apparently killed in a fall during an acrobatic
performance was brought back to life after prayers through the Virgin Mary’s
Pope John Paul II celebrated his 24th
anniversary as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, vowing to serve “until
the end the mission with which Christ entrusted me.” The pope, who also
signed a document on changes in the rosary, told a huge crowd at St. Peter’s
Square that he had entrusted the Virgin Mary with his future, the New York
Times wrote on October 17.
Pope John Paul II is updating a centuries-old Roman
Catholic church tradition, adding more prayers to the rosary as part of his
efforts to boost spirituality and devotion to Mary, the Sydney Daily Telegraph
said on October 16. The Pope, who has dedicated his papal motto to the Virgin
Mary, is especially devoted to the rosary. The changes were expected to be
announced later that day. The October 28 edition of Newsweek carried a story
titled “A Renovation of the Rosary,” describing the addition of a fourth
cycle to the rosary. The effect is to give the uniquely Catholic devotion a
stronger emphasis on Christ in relation to Mary and also encourage the habit of
meditation among Catholics at a time, the pope noted, when Christianity is
being influenced by the meditative traditions of Eastern religions.
Two summers ago, teacher Maria Hernandez prayed repeatedly
to a Virgin Mary statue in her classroom, imploring the saint to keep St.
Mary’s School by the Riverwalk from closing. Today, Hernandez is still
praying to the Blessed Mother, but now her requests are more like demands.
“Sometimes I don’t even verbalize it; it’s just a look that I give
her…that I expect this school to stay open,” she said. The pleas of pupils
and parents swayed the Archbishop to keep the school open, the San Antonio
Express-News said on October 15.
What the writer once knew as Glyn Grammar School and is
now called Glyn Technology School is immortalized by the tabloids as the
“death threat school,” after a teacher is subjected to more than 40
telephone death threats. The writer remembers some of the more unusual
instructors from his time, including an “RE master whose sudden absence we
put down to his claim to have bumped into the Virgin Mary on Epsom Common.”
He concludes, “We warmed to them or quietly resented them, but, to my
knowledge, never planned to assassinate them.” From the London Independent on
Sunday, October 13.
During a 10 day tour of architecture in the
Poitou-Charentes region of France, Katherine Ashenburg visited numerous
Romanesque and Gothic churches. At the 11th-century abbey church of
St.-Jouin-de-Marnes she finds “the Virgin Mary, costumed as a 12th-century
fashion place with flowing sleeves. She is the centerpiece of the horizontal poitevin
band that stretches across the bottom of the pediment – 30 small figures of
nobles, clerics and peasants advancing democratically toward Jesus.” From the
New York Times October 13.
Gramophone magazine’s event, during which a series of
awards were handed out to the classical musicians considered to have achieved
the best in their fields this year, was not without laughter. The host began
the evening with a tongue-in-cheek announcement that the tenor who was due to
present the St. Matthew Passion live onstage, could unfortunately not be
present and then informed the audience that the Opera Babes, who were going to
assist in the parts of Mary Magdalen and the Virgin Mary, could not make the
ceremony either. From the London Sunday Telegraph October 13.
Even after 500 years of Catholic domination and the
Pope’s visit this summer, Mexico’s ancient native religion is kept
conspicuously alive by groups of performers called danzantes aztecas. The
leader of one troupe says worship of the goddess they call Tonantzin, “Our
Mother,” has continued uninterrupted as devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe,
the brown-skinned Virgin Mary in native aspect revered by all Mexicans, many of
whom still call her by her Aztec name. From the Toronto Star October 13.
Philip Pickett excels at bringing little-known music into
the light of day with a heady mixture of scholarship and superb musicianship,
the London Independent said on October 12. His latest release, Songs of Angels,
by the New London Consort, consists of “intoxicating songs by the 13th-century
cleric Gautier de Coincy…ecstatic hymns to the Virgin Mary…at once earthy
and ethereal…utterly hypnotic.”
A consignment of women’s panties imprinted with an image
of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus have been impounded in Romania, the
London Independent said on October 11. Officers cleared shelves during a raid
of a Bucharest shopping mall, saying they “breached moral guidelines,” and
consumer protection agency officers plan to fine the owners for illegally
selling goods with religious motifs.
Several central European states are experiencing growing
Euroscepticism, the London Guardian reported on October 10. The former prime
minister of the Czech Republic and the increasingly nationalist opposition
leader in Hungary are becoming potent leaders of the anti-EU camp. In Poland,
Roman Catholic nationalists are imploring the Virgin Mary to protect them
against Brussels’ godless regime.
A candlelight rosary procession to commemorate the
Feast of the Most Holy Rosary was to be celebrated at Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Church on October 11, the New Orleans Times-Picayune said on October 10. The
ceremony was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her intercession in
sparing the parish from hurricanes during the hurricane season.
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