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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the Lenten Feast in the company of Mary see:

Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.  We also list important Marian dates for each month of the year.  Please see Marian Commemoration Days for the month of April.

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 April 3.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.

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New Resources

We have posted the answer to a question from a reader: Why is Mary in the Stations of the Cross?

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  News from the Marian Library

Current Exhibit

Native American Madonnas by Father Guiliani will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from March 10 to May 5, 2003.  The Gallery is open from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm weekdays.  For more information, or to arrange for viewing at another time, call (937) 229-4214.

To see a virtual exhibit of this year's displays click into Current Exhibit.

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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 Spring 2003 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.  Courses for this Summer will begin on June 16.

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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



Over 230 representatives and leaders of youth ministry, representing 80 counties and nearly 50 movements, associations and communities, will be in Rome from April 10 to 13 to take part in an international conference on World Youth Day at the Domus Mariae. The meeting was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, according to a council communique released today. The communique adds that "the conference has several objectives: on the first day to put together the experiences and observations of the participants in the World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, from both the logistical and pastoral points of view; on the second day, to initiate the path of spiritual preparation for the next world gathering, scheduled to take place in Cologne in two years. ... On the third day, to reflect on the many challenges and priorities facing youth ministry today." 

Representatives of both the Canadian and German episcopal conferences will be present. Participants in this conference will join Rome's young people in their gathering with Pope John Paul on Thursday, April 10 as part of the celebrations of the 18th World Youth Day. On Saturday evening, April 12 they will participate in a prayer vigil organized by the San Lorenzo International Youth Center to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the center's founding. The 230 delegates will then join youth from the diocese of Rome and take part in the Holy Father's Palm Sunday Eucharist and the 18th World Youth Day celebrations in St. Peter's Square. The theme of the 2003 World Youth Day, which will end with the World Youth Day cross being passed from Canadian to German young people, is "Behold, Your Mother!" On Saturday, April 12, the pontifical council will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. at the Domus Mariae, Via Aurelia 481, to speak about the work achieved during the conference.

 Participants will include Cardinals James Francis Stafford, council president, Joachim Meisner, archbishop of Cologne and Karl Lehmann, bishop of Mainz and president of the German Episcopal Conference. Also present will be Bishop Stanislaw Rylko, secretary of the council for the laity, and Bishop Franz-Joseph Bode of Osnabruck, president of the Episcopal Commission for Youth.

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

Pope Pens Meditations for Good Friday Via Crucis

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 3, 2003 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II has written the meditations for this year's Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at the Collosseum in Rome.

The Pope had written the Stations for the 1983-84 Jubilee, to mark the 1950th anniversary of the redemption, and the 2000 Jubilee, to celebrate the two millenniums since the birth of Christ.

Bishop Piero Marini, master of pontifical liturgical celebrations, explained that this year's meditations, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the present pontificate, were written not to celebrate a "third jubilee."

Rather, they are linked to the 1976 Spiritual Exercises that Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow preached to Pope Paul VI and the Roman Curia in the Vatican, the Vatican Information Service reported Thursday.

The 1976 meditations were published in 1977 with the title "Sign of Contradiction.'" A second edition was published in 2001.

John Paul II decided to reflect on those meditations during this year's Good Friday Via Crucis in the Collosseum.

Bishop Marini said that the meditations will put a special emphasis on the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace.

John Paul II's Holy Week Schedule

Will Preside Over a Full Complement of Liturgies and Ceremonies

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 6, 2003 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II as usual will bless olive branches and celebrate the Mass of the Passion of the Lord on Palm Sunday, to start Holy Week.

The Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff published the schedule of ceremonies that the Pope will preside over during Holy Week, when the Church celebrates the key mysteries of salvation.

Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, the Pope will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square at 10 a.m.

He will also meet that day with young people participating in the 18th World Youth Day, whose theme is "Behold Your Mother," from John 19:27.

The morning of Holy Thursday, April 17, the Pope will preside over the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. That Mass is attended by cardinals, bishops and priests (diocesan and religious) who are in Rome.

The Easter triduum of the passion and resurrection of the Lord will begin that afternoon, with the con-celebration of the Mass of the Lord's Last Supper at 5:30 p.m. in St. Peter's Basilica, presided over by John Paul II.

The Washing of the Feet of 12 priests will take place immediately after the homily. Meanwhile, a collection will be taken up for those affected by the war in Iraq and will be presented to the Pope during the Offertory.

During the Holy Thursday ceremony, John Paul II also will sign his new encyclical on the Eucharist.

At 5 p.m. on April 18, Good Friday, the Holy Father will preside over the ceremony of the Lord's passion, in St. Peter's Basilica.

Later, he will go to the Roman Collosseum to preside over the Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross, scheduled for 9:15 p.m.

The meditations for the event were originally written by John Paul II in 1976 when he was archbishop of Krakow. He used them when he preached for Pope Paul VI and the Roman Curia.

Those meditations were published in 1977 under the title "Sign of Contradiction" (see Luke 2:34). A second edition was published in 2001, according to Bishop Piero Marini, the master of papal liturgical celebrations.

"While the Holy Father was thinking of the Via Crucis 2003, the world was disturbed by the news of the threat of imminent war," the bishop explained in a statement. "Once again, the 'Prince of Peace' was becoming a 'sign of contradiction': to his offer of love, the world responded with hatred."

The Holy Father "tried to avert the danger of war with his free and strong voice, with multiple diplomatic initiatives, above all with fasting, prayer and confident recourse to the Virgin," Bishop Marini said when presenting the Pope's Via Crucis.

"The Holy Father's anguished warning was not heard: A devastating war broke out on March 20," the bishop said. "The 1976 text has not been modified. It was and is tragically ongoing."

"The earth has become a cemetery: so many men, many sepulchers. A great planet of tombs (...); among all the sepulchers spread around the continents of our planet, there is one in which the Son of God, the man Jesus Christ, conquered death with death," the Pope wrote.

The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday is set for St. Peter's Basilica. At 8 p.m. the Holy Father will bless the fire in the atrium. Following the processional entrance into the basilica with the paschal candle and the singing of the "Exultet," John Paul II will preside over the Liturgy of the Word, the Baptismal Liturgy, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

At 10:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 20, the Pope will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square and impart the traditional blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city of Rome and the world).

Poll Picks Its Favorite for an Internet Patron

GERONA, Spain, APRIL 6, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Internet users, in one survey at least, have indicated their preference for a patron: the angel Gabriel.

That was the result of the voting by more 2,100 users who visited the Angel of the Web page, an Internet site designed in Gerona.

The voting, which went from last Sept. 28 to March 28, included users in the United States, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Poland and Italy.

Within days the survey will be presented to the Congregation for Sainthood Causes for its consideration. In the past, this Vatican dicastery has named patrons for groups such as journalists, dressmakers, taxi drivers and musicians.

The angel Gabriel received 38% of the votes (831). He was followed by St. Tecla with 27%, and saints Isidore of Seville, Rita, Andrew and Peter Regalado.

Ángel Rodríguez, organizer of the survey, explained that "the angel Gabriel won because of his character as messenger" -- he announced to Mary that she would be the Mother of the Savior.

"He was the favorite from the very outset of the voting," Rodríguez said.

A similar initiative of voting for an Internet patron has been under way at a site based in Italy. Not surprisingly, most of the nominees proposed are Italian -- including St. Clare, St. John Bosco and Blessed Giacomo Alberione. The angel Gabriel also makes the list.

Pope Recalls Anniversary of "Pacem in Terris"

Challenge Is to Make Peace a Lifestyle, Says John Paul II

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 6, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave before praying the Angelus today with the thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters!

1. Forty years ago, on April 11, 1963, Blessed John XXIII published the encyclical "Pacem in Terris," in which he traced the great lines of an effective promotion of peace in the world. The encyclical reveals itself, also today, of extraordinary importance. To construct peace is "a permanent commitment." The reality of these days demonstrates this in a dramatic way.

My thoughts turn, in particular, to Iraq and to all who are involved in the war that rages there. I think especially of the unarmed civilian population that is subjected to a harsh test in various cities. God willing, may this conflict end soon and open the way to a new era of forgiveness, love and peace.

2. To achieve such an objective, it is necessary to return to the spirit that animated my venerable predecessor: the spirit of faith, above all, and at the same time of realistic and farsighted wisdom. In the encyclical, he numbered among the "signs of the times" the spreading of the "conviction that eventual controversies among peoples must not be resolved with recourse to arms but, instead, through negotiation" (Part III: AAS 55 [1963], 291). Unfortunately, this positive goal of civilization has not yet been reached.

I wish to entrust the commitment to peace, above all, to young people. I will meet them next Sunday, in the Day dedicated to them. It is indispensable to educate the new generations to peace, which must be ever more the lifestyle, founded -- as Pope John teaches -- on the "four pillars" of truth, justice, love and liberty. In this connection, the World Youth Days constitute a wonderful way of education in fraternity, a laboratory of peace and hope for the future of humanity.

3. In preparation for the Youth Day, as is now traditional, I will meet the young people of Rome and of the dioceses of Latium in a special moment of prayer and celebration, which will take place next Thursday afternoon, April 10, in St. Peter's Square. In light of the theme "Behold Your Mother!" I will entrust the young people present to the Holy Virgin and give each one a rosary to help them in their prayer.

With great trust we continue to turn to Our Lady, praying for peace in Iraq and in other parts of the world.

Cardinal Notes Pope's Debt to the Virgin of Guadalupe

MEXICO CITY, APRIL 1, 2003 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II credits the Virgin of Guadalupe with guiding his steps in the leadership of the Church these past 24 years, says the primate of Mexico.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera highlighted this fact in his homily Sunday in the metropolitan cathedral.

He was in Rome recently to take part in the plenary meeting of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. In an audience with participants of that meeting, the Pope mentioned his July visit to Mexico when he canonized Juan Diego and beatified the Oaxaca martyrs.

"Ever since I went on pilgrimage for the first time to the splendid Shrine of Guadalupe on Jan. 29, 1979, she has guided my steps in these almost 25 years of service as Bishop of Rome and universal pastor of the Church," the Holy Father told the participants last Thursday.

"I wish to invoke her, the sure way to encounter Christ, and who was the first evangelizer of America, as the 'Star of Evangelization,' entrusting to her the ecclesial work of all her sons and daughters of America," he added.

From L’Osservatore Romano

Mary is Icon of redeemed humanity [#48 - 2 December 1998, p. 4]

In address to Pontifical Academies, Holy Father says Mary sheds light on Christian humanism.  On Saturday, 7 November, the Holy Father attended the third public session of the Pontifical Academies.  Here is a translation of his address for the occasion, which was given in Italian ...

Following the Apostolic Exhortation Marialis cultus of my revered Predecessor, the Servant of God Paul VI, I wished to stress in the Encyclical Redemptoris Mater the essential link between Mary and the Church by emphasizing her mission within the community of believers.  In the Apostolic Exhortation Mulieris dignitatem, I later recalled how Mary enlightens and enriches the Christian humanism inspired by the Gospel, because, in addition to the various aspects of the "new humanity" which is realized in her, she brings out the dignity and "genius" of woman.  Chosen by God to fulfill his plan of salvation, Mary helps us understand the mission of woman in the Church's life and in the preaching of the Gospel.

Dear brothers and sisters, accepting the proposal made by the Coordinating Council of the Pontifical Academies, I am pleased now to give the Pontifical Academies Award to Dr. Deyanira Floes Gonzales of Costa Rica for her work in Mariology entitled: La Virgen María al pie de la cruz (Jn 19, 25-27) en Ruperto Deutz, presented at the Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum ...

[N.B. The printed edition includes a photograph of Dr. Flores receiving the award from John Paul II]

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