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Liturgical Season

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Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.

Rosary Markings

Rosary Markings is an answer to John Paul II's proclamation of "The Year of the Rosary" (2002-2003).  Rosary Markings will explore various facets of the rosary all through this anniversary year.  It will be updated frequently.  

See our recent addition from December 13.

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New Resources

We have revised our FAQ, How do you pray the rosary?, with information on the new Luminous Mysteries and expanded our listing of Marian Prayers of John Paul II under Prayers.  We have also added two new features, Mary's Antiphon for Christmas: O Virgin of Virgins, under Resources, and Archbishop Pilarczyk's Homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception under Meditations.

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  News from the Marian Library

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:

These are absolutely beautiful poems for Christmas. One day I was in such a rush to get together a gift for our dear priest who left us, but came to our town briefly. I got him a gift certificate and then put into Google.com "Christmas Poems" and found your web site with most appropriate poems in such a quick manner and was able to print some out and put into the envelope with the Sam's/Walmart gift certificate. Thank you so much for your web site.


Crèche Exhibits '02 -Times and Dates

Marian Library 229-4214
7th Floor, Roesch Library
University of Dayton
November 25 - January 6
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Approximately 50 sets

Bergamo Center/St. John Gallery 320-5405
4400 Shakertown Road
November 27 - January 5
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, noon - 4 pm
30 sets

Dayton Art Institute 223-5277
456 Belmonte Park N
November 25 - January 6
Daily, 10 am - 5 pm including Christmas day, extended hours to 9 pm on Thursday
30 sets

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral 513-421-5354
325 W. 8th St.
Cincinnati, OH
December 1- January 5
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday, 12:30 - 5:00 (Except Dec. 1, hours are 12:30 - 2:30)
Or by special arrangement for groups
Approximately 30 sets

John Paul II Cultural Center 202-635-5400
3900 Harewood Road, NE
Washington, D.C.
November 15 - January 17
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, noon - 5 pm (closed Mondays)
Approximately 30 sets

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Alumni Update

James C. Tibbetts, an IMRI graduate and lay theologian (S.T.L), is a researcher, writer and health educator.  He promotes a Biblically sound and Scientifically based understanding of a Living Foods Diet and Juice Fasting.  He has also produced a Spirituality Series which includes the following books: Intimacy in a Holy Marriage; Prayer of the Heart, Pray without Ceasing; Biblical Titles of the Virgin Mary, A Month of Meditations; Guadalupe and the Tilma, Research & Meaning; Mary, Ark of the Lord, Icon of the Church with Fr. Bill McCarthy; and Mary in the Church Today with Fr. Bill McCarthy; as well as an award-winning documentary video, Saint Faustina, Life and Mission.  For more information click into the LivingFoodsTechnology.com web site. 

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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

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


Hong Kong Bishop Extols Rosary for Peace

HONG KONG, DEC. 12, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the new leader of the Hong Kong Diocese, urged the faithful to rediscover the rosary as a source of peace for the soul and the world. The bishop highlighted this prayer in his first pastoral letter for Advent, Vatican Radio reported. In keeping with John Paul II's exhortation, contained in his apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," Bishop Zen reminds the faithful to intensify their recitation of this Marian prayer during this Year of the Rosary, and to pray for the gift of world peace. Recitation of the rosary also helps to calm the soul, so important in a fast-paced society like Hong Kong, Bishop Zen added. He also stressed the importance of the rosary as a family prayer, reminding the faithful that last December's diocesan synod listed the family as the pastoral priority.

Rosary May Contribute to Unity, Says Protestant Theologian

If Contemplated as a Christological Prayer, as Suggested by Pope

ROME, DEC. 12, 2002 (Zenit.org)

The rosary has found an unlikely fan in a leading Protestant theologian. John Paul II's recent apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae" states, "To go through the scenes of the rosary with Mary is like going to the 'school' of Mary to read Christ, to penetrate his secrets, to understand his message." The rosary can even promote ecumenism, the Pope affirms.

That is a position shared by professor Stephan Tobler of the University of Tübingen, in Germany, a Reformed evangelical theologian, Vatican Radio reported. "I must say that I read it in one go," Tobler said of the apostolic letter. "It is a letter of a spiritual and theological depth that I wasn't expecting -- a letter that breathes an evangelical dimension, which has very much surprised me." "The letter says that it is necessary to relaunch the rosary as a Christological prayer," he added. "In fact, it does so, from the first to the last line." When the document alludes to "the grace Mary gives us when we pray to her," it speaks of the grace that God gives us almost from Mary's hand, "but with an 'almost' as if to say she 'is and is not,'" the theologian said. "Therefore, it is introduced in this way in the dynamic of the God-Trinity, which I see as close to the sensibility of the Reformers who appreciate the figure of Mary, but only if it does not detract from looking at Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Father," he said.

In this context, the Reformation communities can be encouraged by the Pope's words, the theologian said. "I think that the evangelical churches can rediscover Mary as the image of the person completely open to God with her 'fiat' [let it be done], with her 'Do whatever he tells you," with her standing at the foot of the cross, with her silent presence among the disciples," professor Tobler said. "In this letter, the Pope emphasizes that the rosary, more than a prayer of words, is a contemplation of the mystery," he continued. "Certainly today's sensibility and quest is primarily to rediscover a place where the heart rests, where the soul contemplates the mysteries of God and also the ways in which this is possible. We, in our traditions, must rediscover the ways that are equivalent, the analogy."

Tobler added a note of optimism about ecumenism: "I am convinced that if Catholics pray the rosary as proposed in this apostolic letter, and if evangelicals recognize and rediscover without prejudices this new way of conceiving the rosary, then it will be a favorable occasion. But we must work on it."

Mexico Celebrates Feast of St. Juan Diego for First Time

Cardinal Points to Saint Who Was Led by Our Lady of Guadalupe

MEXICO CITY, DEC. 10, 2002 (Zenit.org)

On the first celebration of the feast of St. Juan Diego, the archbishop of Mexico City focused on the humble 16th-century Indian who "became an evangelizer for his brothers." It was on Dec. 9, 1531, that the Virgin of Guadalupe first appeared to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. In the framework of the celebrations, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of Mexico City and primate of Mexico, presided over a Mass on Sunday in the basilica of Guadalupe. Recalling last summer's canonization of Juan Diego, Cardinal Rivera in his homily pointed to "the simple and humble Indian who contemplated the sweet and serene face of the Virgin of Tepeyac." Having "started on the way to conversion," the cardinal said of the Indian, he "was taken slowly by the hand until he became an evangelizer for his brothers." The cardinal described how the experience of God marks the existence of the person who lets himself be loved, opening for him new horizons and a new dynamic of life. Close to 30,000 pilgrims gathered at the basilica for the Mass. Some of the faithful arrived in trucks decorated with flowers and ponchos to announce their faith in the Blessed Virgin. Cardinal Carrera led a procession Monday from the Basilica of Guadalupe to the site of Juan Diego's shrine. The church, blessed by the Pope during his recent visit, will be located in the old Lindavista Cinema, whose interior was adapted to hold the first ceremony dedicated to the saint.

José Antonio Vallejo, rector of the shrine, said the premises are still not ready for use. Funds must still be collected for its restoration. The archdiocese will launch a donations' campaign to restore the site. Authorities estimate that on Dec. 12, the 471st anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe, over 1.5 million people will gather on Tepeyac hill.

Pope Entrusts World Peace to Virgin Mary

During Homage to Immaculate Conception

ROME, DEC. 8, 2002 (Zenit.org)

During a traditional homage for the feast of the Immaculate Conception, John Paul II entrusted to Mary's hands the peace of the world.

"Pray, O Mother, for all of us. Pray for humanity that suffers poverty and injustice, violence and hatred, terror and war," the Pope said in a strong voice when he delivered the meditation he composed for today's occasion.

Before the 30-meter-high (100 foot) bronze statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome's Piazza di Spagna, the Holy Father, wearing his red cape, continued praying to the Virgin: "Help us to contemplate with the holy rosary the mysteries of him who 'is our peace,' so that we will all feel involved, in a specific effort of service for peace."

The Pontiff then prayed for the Middle East. "Look with special attention upon the land in which you gave birth to Jesus, a land that you loved together and that is still so tried today."

"Pray for us, Mother of hope! Give us days of peace, watch over our way. Let us see your Son full of joy in heaven," he added.

Later, the Pope made a brief private visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, to venerate the ancient icon of the Blessed Virgin, "Salvation of the Roman People," protectress of the Eternal City. The Dec. 8 homage in the Roman piazza is a tradition started by Pope Pius XII in 1957. The statue of the Virgin was placed there in 1857 by Pope Pius IX to commemorate the dogma of the Immaculate Conception which he proclaimed three years earlier. At his Angelus address earlier in the day at the Vatican, John Paul II summed up the sense of the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception this way: "The humble maiden of Nazareth, who with her 'yes' to the angel changed the course of history, was preserved from her conception from every stain of sin." He added: "We are invited to imitate her: Mary was pleasing to God because of her docile humility. [...] 'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.' It is with these same interior dispositions that believers are called to accept the divine will in every circumstance."

Address in Reference to Immaculate Conception

Pope Reflects on Mary as Model of Adherence to Will of God

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 8, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of John Paul II's address before praying the Angelus today with several thousand pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. He gave the address in Italian.

1. Every day, when reciting the Angelus, we repeat three times: "Et Verbum caro factum est -- And the Word was made flesh." During the time of Advent, these evangelical words assume even more intense meaning, because the liturgy makes us relive the atmosphere of awaiting the Incarnation of the Word.

Because of this, Advent is the ideal context for the solemnity of Mary Immaculate. The humble maiden of Nazareth, who with her "yes" to the angel changed the course of history, was preserved from her conception from every stain of sin. She was, in fact, the first to benefit from the salvation wrought by Christ, chosen from all eternity to be his Mother.

2. For this reason, our attention is fixed today on the mystery of her Immaculate Conception, while our heart opens in a common canticle of thanksgiving. The liturgy evidences the wonders God accomplished through her: "The joy that Eve took away from us, is given back to us in your Son, and opens wide the way toward the Kingdom of Heaven" (hymn of lauds).

At the same time, we are invited to imitate her: Mary was pleasing to God because of her docile humility. To the heavenly message, she responded: "Ecce Ancilla Domini, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum" (Luke 1:38). "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord!" It is with these same interior dispositions that believers are called to accept the divine will in every circumstance.

3. "We follow you, Immaculate Virgin, attracted by your holiness" (antiphon of lauds). So today, we turn to Mary, conscious of our weakness, but certain of her maternal and constant help. This afternoon, I will joyfully renew the traditional homage to her in Piazza di Spagna, making myself the interpreter of the devotion of the Diocese of Rome and of the whole Church. I invite you, dear brothers and sisters, to join me in this act of Marian faith.

Let us now ask the Immaculate Virgin to help all Christians to be authentic disciples of Christ, so that in them faith will be ever more pure, hope more firm, and charity more generous.

[Translation by ZENIT]

John Paul II's Meditation on the Immaculate Conception

Given in Rome's Piazza di Spagna

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 8, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of the meditation John Paul II offered today, feast of the Immaculate Conception, before a statute of the Virgin Mary in Rome's Piazza di Spagna.

1. "Ave Maria, gratia plena!"

Immaculate Virgin, behold, I am at your feet once again, overwhelmed and grateful. I return to this historic Piazza di Spagna on the solemn day of your feast to pray for the beloved city of Rome, for the Church, for the whole world.

In you, "humble and the highest of creatures," divine grace had full victory over evil. Preserved from every stain of guilt You are for us, pilgrims on the paths of the world, luminous model of evangelical consistency and precious pledge of sure hope.

2. Virgin Mother, "Salus Popoli Romani!" Watch over, I pray you, the beloved Diocese of Rome: over pastors and faithful, over parishes and religious communities. Watch especially over families: may love reign between spouses, sealed by the Sacrament, may children walk on the paths of goodness and true freedom, the elderly feel surrounded by attention and affection. Inspire, Mary, in so many young hearts radical responses to the "call for the mission," subject on which the diocese has been reflecting over these years. Thanks to an intense vocational pastoral program, may Rome be enriched by new young forces, dedicated with enthusiasm to the proclamation of the Gospel in the city and in the world.

3. Holy Virgin, Queen of Apostles! Assist those who through study and prayer are preparing to operate in the numerous frontiers of the new evangelization. Today I entrust to you, in a special way, the community of the Pontifical Urban College, whose historic headquarters are precisely in front of this Column. May this meritorious institution, founded 375 years ago by Pope Urban VIII for the formation of missionaries, be able to continue effectively its ecclesial service. May those it gathers, seminarians and priests, men and women religious and laity, be ready to put their energies at the disposition of Christ in service of the Gospel to the farthest ends of the earth.

4. "Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis!" Pray, O Mother, for all of us. Pray for humanity that suffers poverty and injustice, violence and hatred, terror and war. Help us to contemplate with the holy rosary the mysteries of him who "is our peace," so that we will all feel involved, in a specific effort of service to peace. Look with special attention upon the land in which you gave birth to Jesus, a land that you loved together and that is still so tried today. Pray for us, Mother of hope! "Give us days of peace, watch over our way. Let us see your Son full of joy in heaven." Amen!

Boston Archdiocese Edges Closer to a Bankruptcy Filing

Cardinal Law Calls for Special Period of Prayer

BOSTON, Massachusetts, DEC. 5, 2002 (Zenit.org)

The Archdiocese of Boston moved closer to declaring bankruptcy in the midst of lawsuits related to clergy sex-abuse scandals. …

In a letter dated Tuesday, Cardinal Law made a special plea for prayers. "I write to ask you to join with me in a special period of prayer from the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, 2002, until the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, January 1, 2003," he wrote. "The special intention of this time of prayer will be for healing, forgiveness and reconciliation in the context of the suffering caused to all victim-survivors and their families through sexual abuse by clergy and the consequent pain caused to the members of the entire Church in the Archdiocese of Boston," the cardinal stated. "To open this observance," he said, "I shall celebrate Mass and pray the Rosary at 12:10 p.m. at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Mission Church, 1545 Tremont Street, Roxbury, on December 12, 2002. All are invited to that Mass. "I would ask that all the faithful pray the Rosary each day during the period of December 12, 2002 to January 1, 2003 in their own homes or in their churches, to beg God, through Our Lady's intercession, for these gifts of grace we so need."

From L’Osservatore Romano

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