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Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.


Liturgical Season

In preparation for the liturgical celebrations of The Month of November, especially the feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.

In his Apostolic Letter on the Rosary (Rosarium Virginis Mariae) John Paul II expresses the desire "that during the course of this year the Rosary should be especially emphasized and promoted in the various Christian Communities.  I therefore proclaim the year  from October 2002 to October 2003, "The Year of the Rosary." (RVM,3).  Resonating with the Pope's wish, The Mary Page introduces a new feature called Rosary Markings.  The purpose of this feature is to broaden our understanding and to deepen our love for the rosary, mindful that "to recite the  Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ" (RVM,3).  Rosary Markings will explore various facets of the rosary, namely its history, theology and spirituality.  This seems to be a worthwhile endeavor since "the Rosary, reclaimed in its full meaning, goes to the very heart of Christian life; it offers a familiar yet fruitful spiritual and educational opportunity for personal contemplation, the formation of the People of God, and the new Evangelization." (idem). 

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New Resources

We have posted a reflection, Evangelization with Mary, written by our Director, Fr. Johann G. Roten,  under Meditations.

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  News from the Marian Library

Thesis Defense

Fr. Frank Leo, Jr., a student at the International Marian Research Institute, successfully defended his S.T.D. thesis, The Virgin Mother in the Treatises of Fra Girolamo Savonarola, on November 16, 2002 in the Marian Library Reading Room.

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Alumni Update

Michael Duricy, IMRI graduate and long-time webmaster for the Mary Page, is now an independent filmmaker.  He recently co-produced a documentary short, Journey to Point Pleasant, with Robert Leach.  The production has been aired several times on Dayton-area cable access stations and is next slated to air on CATV [channel 23 on the Miami Valley Cable Council network] on November 24 at 11:40 p.m. and November 25 at 10:00 p.m.  MVCC serves the Kettering, Oakwood, Centerville and Bellbrook areas.  Readers in the Athens, Ohio area may catch the cablecast on AMAC channel 23 on November 18 at 6:30 p.m. and November 21 at 4:30 p.m. We are also expecting cablecasts on Yellow Springs TV in the near future.  For further details on the film, see the thorough review written by A&E Assistant Editor, Patrick Hunt, for the 10/25 issue of U.D.'s Flyer News.

Mr. Duricy is now certified for Field production at Dayton Access Television.  Expect A/V projects related to UD and ML/IMRI in the future.  Presently, his research database of films with content related to Mary and his streaming versions of the Marian Library's documentary video are available through the Mary Page web site.

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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 short 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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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

The schedule of IMRI courses for Fall 2002 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.  Courses for the Fall 2002 term completed on November 15.

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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

MARIAN X: A CINCINNATI TRADITION

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 at 859-491-2363.  For periodic updates visit http://home.fuse.net/cincinnaticamerata.

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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

Weeping Madonna - Perth/Australia (kath.net)


In the Australian village of Rockingham a weeping statue of Our Lady [see left] is causing some excitement according to the Australian media. Archbishop Barry Hickey announced that there is no natural explanation for the tears from which emanate a strong rose odor. Thousands of pilgrims visited the site on the first Sunday of October. Many waited up to four hours to see the statue. Patty Powell, the owner of the statue, said that the Madonna started to shed tears last March and since August continues to do so without interruption.

From ZENIT

Papal Address on Psalm 86(87)

John Paul II Refers to Jerusalem, Mother of All Nations.

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 13, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Here are excerpts of John Paul II's address at the general audience, in which he commented on Psalm 86[87], a hymn to Jerusalem, mother of all nations.

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1. The song of Jerusalem, city of peace and universal mother, which we have just heard is, unfortunately, in contrast with the historical experience that the city is living. However, the task of prayer is to sow trust and generate hope. …

This ecclesial reading of the Psalm opens, in the Christian tradition, to its re-reading in a Mariological key. For the Psalmist, Jerusalem was a real "metropolis," namely, a "mother-city," in whose interior the Lord himself was present (see Zephaniah 3:14-18). In this light, Christianity sings of Mary as the living Zion, in whose womb the Incarnate Word was generated and, as a consequence, the children of God are regenerated. The voices of the Church Fathers -- from Ambrose of Milan to Athanasius of Alexandria, from Maximus the Confessor to John Damascene; from Cromazio of Aquileia to Germanus of Constantinople -- are in accord in this Christian rereading of Psalm 86[87].

Now we will listen to a teacher of the Armenian tradition, Gregory of Narek (circa 950-1010), who in his Panegyric to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, addresses the Virgin thus: "Taking refuge under your most worthy and powerful intercession, we are protected, O Holy Mother of God, finding relief and repose under the shadow of your protection as if we were protected by a well-fortified wall: ornate wall, studded gracefully with most pure diamonds; a wall enveloped by fire, and therefore impregnable to the assault of robbers; sparkling flaming wall, unreachable and inaccessible to cruel traitors; a wall surrounded on all sides, according to David, whose foundations were laid by the Most High (see Psalm 86[87]:1,5); potent wall of the heavenly city, according to Paul (see Galatians 4:26; Hebrews 12:22), where you welcome all as inhabitants, because through the corporeal birth of God you rendered the children of the earthly Jerusalem children of the Jerusalem above. Therefore, their lips bless your virginal womb and all confess you as dwelling and temple of Him who is of the same essence as the Father. Justly, then, the saying of the said prophet is fitting for you: 'You were for us a house of refuge and help against the torrents in the days of anguish' (see Psalm 45[46]:2)" ("Testi Mariani del Primo Millennio" [Marian Texts of the First Millennium], IV, Rome, 1991, p. 589).

[At the end of the audience, the Pope gave this summary in English:]

Dear Brothers and Sisters.

Psalm 86 sings of Jerusalem, the city of peace and spiritual home of the nations. Christian tradition sees in this Psalm a description of the new Jerusalem, the Holy City coming down from heaven (see Revelation 21: 2, 10). The Church Fathers have also read the Psalm in the light of Mary, who gave birth to the Incarnate Word and is thus the mother of all the redeemed. May God's children everywhere turn always to the Blessed Virgin in trusting hope as they journey to their true home, the heavenly Jerusalem. …

From L’Osservatore Romano

From L’Osservatore Romano November 6, 2002

On November 1 the Holy Father commented on the solemnity of All Saints before he prayed the Angelus with the faithful in St. Peter’s Square. He recalled nine saints he canonized this past year as models and examples of all the saints for us. He also recalled Our Lady and said, "We look to the Blessed Virgin Mary resplendent in glory in heaven whom Christ crowned Queen of Angels and Saints. To her, the ‘sign of certain hope and comfort’ (Lumen Gentium, n. 68), the pilgrim Church raises her eyes in the desire of being joined one day to the triumphant church in our heavenly fatherland. To the Blessed Virgin Mary we entrust all the faithful departed so that eternal happiness may be granted to them."

The Holy Father preached the homily at the Mass October 25 for the opening of the academic year of the ecclesiastical universities and faculties of Rome. At the end he said, "May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Seat of Wisdom, always watch over your academic communities and over each one of you. May she obtain from the Holy Spirit, an abundance of wisdom, knowledge and intelligence for you so that, as St. Paul says in his Letter to the Ephesians, you may be able to ‘comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses all understanding, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God’ (Eph 3, 18-19)." At the beginning of the Mass, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski thanked the Holy Father for the Letter on the Rosary. He noted that the Church proclaims the Good News through the cultivation of knowledge and the study of revelation and the Rosary can help to keep the focus on the mystery of Christ.

On October 19 the Holy Father addressed the participants of the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church. He underlined the contribution of art in its various forms to the new evangelization and said the mediation of art is extremely helpful to the Church in communicating all of the aspects of the message entrusted to her. He invoked the maternal intercession of Mary, the tota pulchra, as he imparted his blessing.

From L’Osservatore Romano October 30, 2002

Before the Angelus on October 27 the Holy Father commented on the Rosary as a sure method for learning how to contemplate the face of Christ. "From Jesus’ conception until his resurrection and ascension into heaven, the Mother kept the gaze of her immaculate heart on her divine Son: a wonderful, penetrating, sorrowful, and radiant insight. 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," the Pope said. He stressed the Rosary as a means of opening hearts and minds to peace. He said, "Today, let us particularly beg the intercession of the Mother of God, so much loved by the Russian people, who, in these last few days, have suffered so much. While we pray for the victims of the recent painful ordeal, let us pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary so that such acts may not be repeated."

On the occasion of Monsignor Luigi Giussani’s 80th birthday on October 15, the Holy Father sent him a warm Message of congratulations and best wishes. The student movement he founded in Milan in 1954 became in 1969 the "Communion and Liberation" Movement and Fraternity. The Pope said, "I renew to you my heartfelt sentiments of esteem and affection. With you I would like to embrace with a single glance these 80 years to entrust them to Mary, our heavenly Mother, whom you have been careful to point out to everyone as the favourable path for meeting Jesus and serving him faithfully."

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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.  

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

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