Liturgical Season 12/3/03 World News
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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

To celebrate the month of December 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 December.

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 revised our Advent Calendar.  We have also added a streaming video on our Creche Collection and our answer to a reader's question, Where do the many Nativity motifs--Cave, Ox and ass, and many more--come from?

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  News from the Marian Library

Alumni Update

Michael A. Scherschligt, doctoral candidate at IMRI, presently works at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence (KU).  The center was discussed in the article, "It's campus ministry done right," published in the November 16, 2003 issue of Our Sunday Visitor.  The article included the photo at right.

N.B. His S.T.L. thesis, To Jesus Through Mary: History and Theology, was completed in 2002.

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New Exhibits

Creche Displays

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, 8th and Plum Sts, Downtown Cincinnati

November30 - January 4
Sundays: 12:30 - 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 12:30 - 4:00 pm
Weekdays: 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Special Arrangements can be made for groups
For more information, call Barbara Neff: 433-6592 or Kathy Kavanaugh: 434-6841

The Marian Library, located on the 7th floor of the Roesch Library on the UD campus

December 1 - January 9, Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Bergamo/St. John Gallery at 4400 Shakertown Road

December 3 - January 7, noon to 4 pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Fall 2003 semester concluded on Nov. 14.  The schedule of future IMRI courses will be posted on the Mary Page when available.

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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

Ohio Concerts

For a true Christmas spirit concert, please note that Tatiana, the professional singer and former pop star in Europe, will perform "Emmanuel, the Story of Christmas" on the following dates and places:

Wed. Dec. 17, 2003, 8 p.m.
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center
Cincinnati, OH

Thurs. Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
St. James Parish
White Oak, OH

Fri. Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.
St. Julie Billiart Parish
Hamilton, OH

Sat. Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
St. Christopher's Parish
Vandalia, OH

Sun. Dec. 21, 7 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo Parish
Kettering, OH

It should be good because the program includes Ani Ma'amin (Hebrew Chant), O Come O Come Emmanuel, Angelus, Breath of Heaven, Magnificat, From Bethlehem of Judah, The Hands That First Held Mary's Child, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, What Child is This, One Solitary Life, and Silent Night.

The flyer didn't mention any cost. Possibly it's a free will offering and afterwards opportunity to buy her CD's. To check, one may phone the concert location where one is interested in attending. For more info, and to look into booking Tatiana for future dates, surf to www.CameronProductions.org or call 310-859-6994.

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



Made public today was a message by the Holy Father for the World Day of the Sick which will take place on February II at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes where the Virgin appeared on the same day in 1858.

"This shrine was chosen," writes the Pope in the message dated December 1st, "because in 2004 the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated."

The Pope emphasizes that with the Immaculate Conception of Mary "began the great work of redemption, carried out with the precious blood of Christ.  If Jesus is the font of life that conquers death, Mary is the careful mother who strives to meet the needs of her children, obtaining for them health in body and soul. This is the message that the Shrine of Lourdes constantly proposes to pilgrims and those who are devoted. This is also the meaning of the spiritual and bodily miracles that are registered in the grotto of Massabielle."

"The miracle of the Immaculate Conception," he continues, "reminds believers of a fundamental truth: it is possible to be saved only by participating docilely in the plan of the Father who wanted to redeem the world through the death and resurrection of His only son. Although present in earthly life, illness and death, nevertheless, lose their negative sense.  In the light of faith, the death of the body, overcome by Christ’s death, becomes the necessary passage to the fullness of immortal life."

After emphasizing that life "must be accepted, respected and defended from its beginning to its natural end," John Paul II says: "Nowadays we talk about ‘genetic engineering’ when referring to the extraordinary possibilities that science today offers to intervene in the sources of life.  All authentic progress in this field must be encouraged as long as the rights and dignity of the person from conception are respected. No one has the right to destroy or indiscriminately manipulate human life."



The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff made public today the calendar of celebrations at which the Holy Father will preside between December 8 and January 1: DECEMBER - Monday, 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Homage to Mary Immaculate, Spanish Steps, at 4 p.m. - Thursday, 11: Mass for students of the Roman Athenaeums at 5:30 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica. - Wednesday, 24: Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. Midnight Mass in the Vatican Basilica. - Thursday, 25: Solemnity of the Birth of the Lord. "Urbi et Orbi" blessing at noon. - Wednesday, 31: Vespers and "Te Deum" of thanksgiving at 6 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica. JANUARY - Thursday, 1: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and 37th World Day of Peace. Mass in the Vatican Basilica at 10 a.m.

From Zenit

New Basilica in Fatima to Accommodate 10,000 Pilgrims

Designed by Orthodox Architect Alexandros Tombazis

FATIMA, NOV. 23, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Fatima plans construction of a new basilica to accommodate the growing numbers of pilgrims to the shrine; the first stone will be laid in December.

The Basilica has been designed by Greek Orthodox architect Alexandros Tombazis, who has combined light and technology in a circular structure.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims arrive in Fatima where, 86 years ago, the Virgin Mary appeared to three young shepherds: Francisco and Jacinta--beatified by John Paul II on May 13, 2002--and Lucia, a Carmelite nun who is living in a convent in Coimbra.

In fact, some 10,000 people attend Mass on Sundays in the existing Basilica, which has a capacity for 900. Because of the lack of space, most of the faithful must stay outside.

The growing number of pilgrims to Fatima made it necessary to come up with a plan, among other reasons, to shelter them from the inclement weather.

As a result, an international architecture competition was convoked four years ago, which was won by Greek architect Tombazis.

In an interview published last Thursday in the Italian newspaper "Avvenire," Tombazis said that his Orthodox faith posed no problem as "an architect must be able to respond to different needs."

The new building will face the existing Basilica, on the opposite side of the esplanade. Its inauguration is planned for May 13, 2007, on the 90th anniversary of the apparitions.

Foremost in the architect's mind was "the spaciousness of the esplanade, where 400,000 people gather."

"The shape of the Square, which descends slightly to the center only to rise again toward the Basilica, reminds one of a great wave that rises to indicate the infinite. In my plan, I have tried to respect this atmosphere and its profound sense of peace," Tombazis said.

Aware of the fact that "architecture re-works light and can make it peaceful or dramatic," Tombazis has given priority to daylight, which will come down on the new shrine from above, from the roof. It will be possible to change the lighting in different places and with varying intensity, with the help of a computerized system.

"For example, one can opt to light up the chancel and the area of the perimeter leaving the congregation more in the dark," he explained.

Similarly, in the central aisle there is a series of skylights, "pointed to the north," looking "symbolically to the present shrine. So the aisle, from the entrance to the altar, will be enhanced by a particularly intense light," the architect continued.

'In this plan I also wanted to introduce a mirror of water that transmits calm and that, while reflecting the colors of the sky, will reflect the serenity inspired by this place: a great Square in which the sound of the bells will reverberate as an echo of infinite peace," Tombazis concluded.


Start of Advent 2003

World Is in Great Need of Peace, Says John Paul II

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org)

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In this Advent season of waiting and hope, the ecclesial community identifies more than ever with the Most Holy Virgin. May she, the expectant Virgin, help us to open our hearts to him who brings, with his coming among us, the priceless gift of peace to the whole of humanity.

From L’Osservatore Romano

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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.

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