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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the month of November with Mary:

Marian Commemoration Days

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 November.

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 November 4.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.  Please note that many of these documents are available in Spanish as well as English.

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New Resources

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has been added to our Resources index.  The latest added was Guyana.  Expect more countries to follow.

A section on Marian Spiritualities has also been added to our Resources index.  The latest addition was a paper on the Rosary spirituality of Faustino Perez Manglano.  Expect more articles to follow.

We have also expanded our illustrated meditations on the Luminous Mysteries, and added a Spanish translation of our answer to a reader's question, Is there a Biblical basis for the Rosary?

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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

Virginia M. Kimball, who earned her S.T.D. at IMRI, recently visited the Marian Library in Dayton, Ohio with the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States.  She currently serves as Vice President of the ESBVM/USA.  Dr. Kimball recently published Mary as "Fountain of the Fountain": A Proposal for Ecumenical Understanding on Marian Devotion,  and donated several copies to the Marian Library.

By the way, Dr. William L. Ryon, Jr., current President of the ESBVM/USA, sent a letter of appreciation to Fr. Thomas A. Thompson in gratitude for accommodating their society during its visit to the Marian Library on 11/8.

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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 semester commenced on Oct. 20, 2003.

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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

Festival of Feasts: Guadalupe Pilgrimage

Sat., December 6, to Sat., December 13, 2003 [8 days, 7 nights]

Cost: $1299 (Land and Air, from Newark, NJ, or Land only for $899)

Call for more information, or send for the full itinerary:

101 Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 151
Asbury, NJ 08802-0151

Phone: 908-689-8792    Fax: 908-689-1957    E-mail: 101@101foundation.com

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

From Zenit

Carmelite Hopes the Year of the Rosary Is Just a Start

Theologian Says Riches of Papal Letter Must Be Cultivated

ROME, NOV. 12, 2003 (Zenit.org)

A Vatican consultor and theologian evaluated the recently ended Year of the Rosary and says, "A year is not sufficient." Twelve months after the Pope signed the apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," Father Jesús Castellano Cervera said that it was "accepted, lived and appreciated, especially for its theological-spiritual approach, which makes the document a kind of continuation of 'Novo Millennio Ineunte.'"

Father Castellano, a Discalced Carmelite and professor of theology, liturgy and spirituality at the Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum, talked to ZENIT about the letter on the rosary. He said he was very taken by the fact that "the Pope was so keen on giving a theological and spiritual approach to the rosary, an approach that is at the same time Christological and Trinitarian, and Mary is situated there, in the Christological mystery."

The papal letter was a "very strong appeal to the rosary as a means of holiness, especially by contemplating the face of Christ and the mysteries of Christ's whole life," the priest said.

"The rosary is a viaticum of spiritual life through the mysteries of Christ and the mysteries of Marian life," Father Castellano said. "The Pope has called us to pray and has emphasized a prayer that becomes contemplation and, therefore, a synthesis between faith and life, between the mind and the heart," he added. Moreover, the novelty of the luminous mysteries "has been welcomed with enthusiasm," the Carmelite said.

This is because it "fills a lacuna and proposes the possibility of entering into Christ's mystery through baptism; the transfiguration -- extolled in Western and Eastern preaching; the wedding at Cana -- one of the mysteries where Mary is present; [and] the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist, a sign of great intensity on the part of Jesus, where his whole life is recapitulated before going to his passion and resurrection," Father Castellano said.

All these contributions mean that a year is not sufficient time to accept "a document of this kind," he said.

"This acceptance of the letter and its transmission to new generations must be cultivated," the Carmelite scholar noted. He added that "to thoroughly understand this text, one must place oneself before the face of Christ and contemplate him with Mary's eyes and those of the Church."

He concluded with a suggestion. "There have been very numerous publications of the rosary letter, and very many texts issued to recite the Marian prayer better," he said. "However, a visible manifestation has been lacking that would give weight to the Holy Father's initiative."

"In Rome, for example, there have been no Marian congresses that has focused on the rosary," the priest observed. "There have been many local manifestations, but no important scientific congresses."


Assessing the Year of the Rosary

"To Recite the Beads Is Not to Retreat Into Oneself"

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 29, 2003 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II assessed the Year of the Rosary during today's general audience, held in St. Peter's Basilica and Paul VI Hall. Here is a translation of his address which was given in Italian.

1. The Year of the Rosary ends with the month of October.

I am profoundly grateful to God for this time of grace, in which the whole ecclesial community has been able to reflect on the value and importance of the rosary, as a Christological and contemplative prayer.

"To contemplate with Mary the face of Christ" (apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," 3). These words, which recur in the apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," have become, so to speak, the "motto" of the Year of the Rosary. They express in synthesis the real meaning of this prayer at once simple and profound. At the same time, they highlight the continuity between the proposal of the rosary and the path indicated to the People of God in my preceding apostolic letter "Novo Millennio Ineunte."

2. If, in fact, at the beginning of the third millennium, Christians are called to grow as "contemplatives of the face of Christ" ("Novo Millennio Ineunte," 16), and the ecclesial communities to become "authentic schools of prayer" (ibid., 33), the rosary constitutes the "Marian way," hence the privileged path, to attain this double objective. Desirous of reflecting ever more the "mystery" of Christ, the Church enters the school of Mary to meditate on the "mysteries" of his Gospel. This is "Mary's way" (see ibid., 24), the path on which she carried out her exemplary pilgrimage of faith, as first disciple of the Incarnate Word. It is, at the same time, the way of an authentic Marian devotion, centered totally on the relation that exists between Christ and his most Holy Mother (see ibid.).

3. During this Year, I wished to commend to the People of God two great prayer intentions: peace and the family.

The 21st century, born under the sign of the great Jubilee reconciliation, has unfortunately inherited from the past numerous and enduring focuses of war and violence. The disconcerting attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and what has happened in the world since then, have increased tension at the global level. In face of these worrying situations, to recite the beads of the rosary is not to retreat into oneself, but a conscious choice of faith: Contemplating the face of Christ, our peace and our reconciliation, we wish to implore from God the gift of peace, through the intercession of Mary Most Holy. We ask her for the necessary strength to be builders of peace, beginning with daily life in the family.

The family! The family nucleus should, in fact, be the first realm in which the peace of Christ is received, cultivated and guarded. In our days, however, without prayer it becomes ever more difficult for the family to realize its vocation. This is why it would be really useful to restore the beautiful custom of reciting the rosary at home, as happened in past generations. "The family that prays together stays together" ("Rosarium Virginis Mariae," 41).

4. I entrust these intentions to Our Lady, so that she will protect families and obtain peace for individuals and for the whole world.

Together with the Virgin, I hope that all believers will undertake with determination the path to holiness, keeping their gaze fixed on Jesus and meditating, with the rosary, the mysteries of salvation. This will be the most precious fruit of this year dedicated to the prayer of the rosary.

[Translation by ZENIT]

[At the end of the audience, the Holy Father gave the following summary in English:]

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

During the Year of the Rosary the whole Church has contemplated with Mary the face of Christ and sought to become a genuine school of prayer.

In the face of war, violence and tension, praying the rosary is a conscious expression of faith: Meditating on Christ we implore the gift of peace, through the intercession of Mary, and we ask her for the strength to be peacemakers especially in the home.

I encourage you all to continue to pray the rosary along the path of holiness. There you will find the peace of Christ!

I extend a special welcome to the English-speaking visitors and pilgrims here today, including the groups from England, Ireland, Finland, Japan and the United States. May Mary, Queen of the Rosary, protect you and lead you ever more closely to her Son.


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Mary in the Secular Press

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