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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the month of April 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 April.

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New Resources

To help users locate The Mary Page, we have created an alternate web address, marypage.udayton.edu.

A section on Marian Spiritualities has been added to our Resources index.  The latest addition was a paper by Brother John Samaha on Mary in Byzantine Spirituality.  Expect more articles to follow.

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has also been added to our Resources index.  The latest added was Raphael's Madonnas on Stamps.  Expect more countries to follow.  We have also posted a special addition for Holy Week called, Meditating the Passion of Our Lord with Stamps.

A section on Mary and Women is now under construction in our Resources index.  The latest addition was Magisterial Documents on Women.  Expect more articles to follow.

We have posted our answers to the following reader questions: Is there a Marian symbolism related to the moon?; What is a Russian Rosary?; Who is Our Lady of Kodiak?; What is the origin of the term "Rosary"?; What are the ten evangelical virtues of Mary?; and Is there such a title as "Mary Sacrificer of Her Son?".  We have also posted a Spanish translation of our commentary on the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary and added a link to the corresponding sheet music from the lyrics for Bring Flowers of the Rarest.

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  News from the Marian Library

Marian Library Receives Major Donation

The Marian Library recently received four handsome pieces of Marian art of varied origins and style thanks to the generosity of Ms. Elizabeth Rea.   Among them there are two metal-plated Marian icons, one a mid-sized bas-relief showing Our Lady surrounded by apostles.   The other is smaller, a Mother and Child representation of the Way, a Hodigitria.   The gift further comprised a pewter-covered Madonna and Child bas-relief, and a wood triptych featuring Saint Nicholas.

It was with great joy and gratitude that we received these gifts, evaluated them and added them to The Marian Library art collection.  The Artwork donated to The Marian Library, by Ms. Elizabeth Rea, has more than the customary run-of-the-mill devotional value.  The thematic, the materials used, and the execution reflect­-on the part of the artist, as well as on that of the collector-­a solid sense of what matters in Catholic tradition, and a fine artistic taste.  Take for example, the intarsia triptych featuring the "super saint" of Orthodox Christianity, St. Nicholas; or the metal-plated Marian icons, especially the Greek icon with its superb bas-relief covering. Similarly, the pewter-covered Madonna and Child representation in bas-relief, with reminiscences of the Florentine school, is a charming example of Renaissance beauty.   Click here to see digital photos of these works in our virtual Gallery.  Once again, we thank Ms. Rea for her generous and thoughtful gift!

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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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Last Chance to See Current Exhibit!!!

Faith Meets Art

The Artist and the Bible: 20th Century Works on Paper will be on display in the Marian Library and Roesch Library galleries from March 1 to April 10, 2004.  The Galleries are open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays and 10 am to 6 pm on weekends.  For more information, or to arrange for viewing at another time, call (937) 229-4214.  A virtual exhibit may be seen on our Gallery section under Current Exhibit.

New Crèches will also be on display in our museum through November 2004.

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Marian Events

Vatican Art Exhibit

After the very successful Vatican exhibit, The Mother of God: Art Celebrates Mary, Cincinnati's Museum Center (Union Terminal) offers another exhibit of Vatican treasures under the title of Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes.  The exhibit will be running through April 18, 2004.  For those interested in visiting the display, we offer a general introduction and some samples of the various sections of the extensive exhibit.

Embraced by Love: 9th Annual Catholic Women's Event

Saturday, May 1, 2004 8:45 am - 4:30 pm
at The Cintas Center of Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio)

A Eucharistic, Marian, Healing, Celebration of Woman.

Mission Statement: To strengthen families by empowering women to be life-giving, Christ-bearers through authentic femininity, modeled to us by Mary, Mother of God.

For more information call (513) 553-2275 or click into www.embracethechildren.org.

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

"We Have No More Tears, Only Faith," Says Father in Madrid

His Son, Vicente Marín, Died in the March 11 Attacks

MADRID, Spain, MARCH 26, 2004 (Zenit.org)

Fausto Marín Sánchez, a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Madrid, lost one of his four sons, Vicente, 37, in the March 11 terrorist attacks.

"We have broken hearts," Marín said. "We no longer have any tears. But as we are believers, we have faith that, despite the physical absence of my son, on the day of the Resurrection we will be reunited."

"There is a part of my heart, that of my son, which is now empty, and my son's place will not be filled by anyone," he said.

"I would like to say to people that we Christians are courageous," Marín added. "We mourn for our loved ones, but we also feel--and without this we could not be able to bear the sorrow--that as Christ resurrected, so we will resurrect with him.

"I am very Marian, I have a great love for the Virgin, but now it is even greater, because we have seen the Virgin at the cross, living step by step the death of her Son ... and now I am more Marian, because I understand the Virgin better, because it is a bit like what has happened to me."

The father recalled the fateful hours the victims' families spent in the IFEMA exhibition fair, where the morgue was set up.

"There, one saw sorrow everywhere," he said. "There was a very good service of volunteers, psychologists, doctors. Those of us who are believers, suffered as much as every one else, but I think we bore it with greater calm. And for this, we must thank the Lord.

"A psychiatrist approached me and asked me if I needed any sort of medication or service. I thanked him very much. I thanked him as if I had received the medication, but the medicine he was suggesting, I had already had that morning, with the Body and Blood of Christ."

Speaking about his deceased son, Marín said: "Vicente was fabulous. He was full of life. He was the happiest and most affectionate of my four children. With his brother Antonio, who is only one year and one day apart, they were brothers and true friends. The other day, Antonio told me he had lost 75% of himself."

Another of Vicente's brothers, Fausto, added: "I am a very nervous person and, since my brother died, the certainty that he is in heaven has given me great peace. Even my fiancée has noticed it. I see the certainty that my brother is in heaven in details, for example, the fortitude that I see in my father and mother."

Of the terrorist attacks, Vicente's father said: "The evil of the century we have begun is terrorism. I pray to God and the Virgin that this will end."

Asked what his family most needed, he replied: "The best thing people can do to help us is to pray--that we pray together."

Franciscans in Nazareth Join in Entrustment to Mary

Courage Needed for Peace, Says Custodian of Basilica

NAZARETH, Israel, MARCH 26, 2004 (Zenit.org)

The custodian of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth says his community joined John Paul II when he entrusted to Mary a world beset by violence.

Franciscan Father Samir Sarouz said "to hear the Pope's voice from here, especially in these very difficult days, enables us to hope. We unite ourselves to the Holy Father's prayer for peace, which has lost the road in the land of the Gospel, in the land of Jesus, in the land of Mary."

John Paul II prayed through Mary's intercession at Wednesday's general audience, in St. Peter's Square, on the eve of the solemnity of the Annunciation.

"Much courage is needed to dare to opt for peace and dialogue," the Franciscan friar said on Vatican Radio. "This is lacking especially here, in the Holy Land. It is lacking between these two peoples who confront one another in different ways with so much violence."

The Franciscan also commented on the news of the 14-year-old Palestinian youth who was detained by the Israeli army when he realized he had been used as a potential suicide bomber. Explosives he was carrying on his body were set to go off at a control post in Hawara, south of Naplusa, in the West Bank.

"This child is not to blame; it is surely not this boy's fault," the Franciscan said. "All this helps us understand, however, how his psychology has been violated, how his very thinking has been interfered with."

"This is sad, as it seems that life has no value. All this is repeated, unfortunately, ... in every attack, on both sides," he said. "This is the atmosphere in which we live here, in the Holy Land."

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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.

CALL FOR CELEBRATION; The bells toll again; Festivities mark 150 years for Panna Maria, the oldest Polish settlement in America [Source: San Antonio Express-News (Texas), 2/24/2004]

PANNA MARIA - At 4 p.m. Monday, with folks already gathering below and the critical bell test less than an hour away, the WD-40 was still blowing thick inside the church bell tower.

"We've been wiring the bells, doing all the electric, putting on the chains and the motors, and getting it all adjusted," said Adrian Niestroy, 63, de facto bell master for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.

"Now we've got to go downstairs and try them with the remote," he said, heading down four twisting flights of stairs and ladders.

And moments later, when Niestroy's grandson and assistant, Casey Ebrom, pressed the button marked "Peal," all three of the ancient bells cut loose in hearty chorus.

"Casey's 11 years old and he's never heard them all together," Niestroy remarked.

When the bells sounded on cue an hour later to call some 150 worshippers to a special 5 p.m. Mass, the church and Panna Maria - the oldest Polish settlement in America - finally felt whole again.

"It sounds great. Thirty-two thousand dollars well spent," said William Janysek, 70, of Panna Maria, as he stood outside the elegant 127-year-old church.

"It's wonderful. Panna Maria is back alive again," said his wife, Linda, 53.

The repair of the ancient bells was one of the last elements of a $600,000 renovation of the church.

For more than a century, the bells had sounded three times a day, seven days a week, tolling the Angelus, and all of the faithful within hearing distance paused in their work to pray.

"It's like a soul. It reminds you of your duties as a Catholic. When you hear bells, you know something important is going on," said Father Wojciech Reisch, the priest at St. Mary's.

"There's a long history in the Catholic Church to have the bells ringing, especially in Europe. Of course, here in Texas, not everyone can hear it," he said.
But age finally caught up with the bells, and one by one they failed, despite Niestroy's efforts.

Finally, more than two years ago, they fell silent.

It was critical that they be fixed by 5 p.m. Monday, which marked the kickoff of Panna Maria's 150th anniversary year.

The celebration drew friends and former residents from around the country, many speaking the old tongue, and not a few born in the old country.

Although only about 40 people now live here, nearly 300 had sent in RSVPs for the events, which included the dedication of a road in the name of the founder, Father Leopold Bonaventura Maria Moczygemba.

"History is being made again in Panna Maria, Texas, the veritable Plymouth Rock of Polish America, and we have just heard a miracle. The bells of St. Mary's have rung again," master of ceremonies Robert Thonhoff, 74, of Karnes City, said to the people assembled in the street.

The group then sang a Polish hymn, "Gwiazdo Sliczna," or "Splendid Star" in English, and watched as a ribbon was cut to dedicate the road before heading into the church for Mass.

At the very front, in a white robe, stood Casey Ebrom, one of the altar servers.

As much as anyone, he had reason to be pleased the bells of St. Mary's are sounding again.

"It's really nice. One reason is I've never heard them before," he said. "Another reason is having my grandfather happy. For him, it's been a lot of sweat, working on those bells."

Jesus on Celluloid [Source: Chicago Sun-Times, 2/22/2004]


"Jesus devant Pilate"

This silent is reportedly the first film to fix its lens on Jesus.  It was directed by the film world's first female director, French-born Alice Guy-Blache. She returned again to the Gospel for source material for her 1906 film "La Vie du Christ" ("The Life of Christ").


"From the Manger to the Cross"

Sidney Olcott's silent film, which was entered into the U.S. National Film Registry in 1998, triggered a real-life love story.  The film's Virgin Mary (Gene Gauntier) met and married John the Apostle (Jack J. Clark) while filming.


"The King of Kings"

Cecil B. DeMille, no stranger to biblical epics, directed and produced this silent. Its Jesus, H. B. Warner, felt typecast after appearing in the film.  He finally caught a break in 1946 when cast as the drunk pharmacist Mr. Gower in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."


"King of Kings"

This "King" features Northwestern University graduate Jeffrey Hunter as Jesus Christ. He also created the role of Capt. Pike in the original "Star Trek" pilot in 1964, but turned down an offer to appear in the series.


"The Greatest Story Ever Told"

Nominated for five Oscars, this film stars Max von Sydow as the founder of the Christian faith.



Before tackling his role as Agent Jack Bristow on TV's "Alias," Victor Garber took things "day by day" as Jesus in this film version of the hit Broadway musical.

"Jesus Christ Superstar" Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice's musical hit the big screen with Ted Neeley in the title role.


"Jesus of Nazareth"

Famed director Franco Zeffirelli's TV miniseries featured an all-star cast, including Anne Bancroft (Mary Magdalene), Laurence Olivier (Nicodemus) and Anthony Quinn (Caiaphas).


"Monty Python's Life of Brian"

Banned in several countries, this comedy tells the story of Brian (Graham Chapman), a man born on the same day as Christ and in a stable "one door down."


A favorite of Christian missionaries, this film has been translated into more than 700 languages.


"The Day Christ Died"

This made-for-TV film, with Chris Sarandon as Christ, is significant because it attempts to view the crucifixion in a historic context instead of a spiritual one.


"The Last Temptation of Christ"

Martin Scorsese took a lot of criticism for this film, which features Willem Dafoe as Jesus and Harvey Keitel as Judas.


This mini-series stars Jeremy Sisto (Billy on "Six Feet Under") as Jesus to "Will & Grace" star Debra Messing's Mary Magdalene.  Jacqueline Bisset, the former wet T-shirt star of "The Deep," co-starred as the Virgin Mary.


"The Miracle Maker"

Ralph Fiennes voiced Jesus opposite Miranda Richardson's Mary Magdalene in this stop-motion animation film.

PERFORMING ARTS [Source: The Washington Post, 2/16/2004]

Anonymous 4, the superstar female medieval quartet, is currently in residence at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University. This arrangement seems made in Heaven, and its celestial dimension shone forth Saturday evening in a program titled "La Bele Marie: Chant and Polyphony in Honor of Mary," given in the Crypt Church of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The program, closely modeled on the quartet's 12th CD, concentrated on Latin and French hymns that were an expression of devotion to the Virgin Mary in medieval France. All the selections were anonymous, except for the conductus "Beata Viscera" composed by Perotin, a pioneer of polyphony. And everything sung was in honor of Mary, except for the group's brief encore, "Ite Missa est" ("Go, the Mass is ended"), which drew a laugh from the considerable part of the audience who knew their Latin.

Anonymous 4's understanding and projection of the 13th-century Latin and French texts was reverent and the singers' diction in both languages was flawless. The Latin was not only medieval but French medieval.

Marian devotion still has great power, but in the 13th century it permeated society as nothing does today, and the program conveyed a strong sense of that intense dedication. The French songs were more elaborate, on the whole, than the Latin conductus (processional) selections, which were usually in simple strophic structures with one note to a syllable, though a few had elaborate melismata in which a single syllable was treated to a lengthy, virtuoso sequence of notes.

The program, virtually faultless in selection and performance, gave greater poignancy to the fact that this is Anonymous 4's final season as a group.

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