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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the month of August 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 August.

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New Resources

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 Meditating the Passion of Our Lord with Stamps.  Expect more countries to follow.

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

The Marian Library has received many valuable donations of religious art.  The most recent is a collection of the works of Alex Rapoport from his widow, Irina.  Many thanks to all our benefactors!

We have updated The Hail Mary in Various Languages and our Novena Prayers to Mary, the Queen of Apostles.  We have also added a prayer to Our Lady of Montligeon and our answer to a reader's question: Who is Our Lady of the Miracle?

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  News from the Marian Library

Thesis Defense

Mrs. Gloria Falcão Dodd successfully defended her S.T.D. thesis, The History and Theology of the Movement for the Dogmatic Definition of the Virgin Mary's Universal Mediation: 1896-1964, at The Marian Library on Saturday, July 24, 2004.  Gloria is a long-time member of the Legion of Mary and of the Mariological Society of America.

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Collaboration with Catholic.net

An important Catholic web site, www.catholic.net, has added a section on the Virgin Mary to the top of their list of 'channels.'  They plan to highlight particular items from The Mary Page and to encourage their audience to visit our site.  Please visit their site in return.  We expect more collaboration with them in the future.

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Last chance to see the Current Exhibit!

Messengers from God

An eclectic Marian Library exhibit showcasing works by internationally known Ukrainian artist Aka Pereyma and her daughter Christina opened June 7 in the Marian Library and will run through August 6.  For more information click into, Gallery.

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

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Summer 2004 semester ended on July 30.  Expect the new course schedule to be posted soon.

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Marian Events

A Marian Conference at the Grotto: Mary and the Ambiguity of Life

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of the Immaculate Conception, the Friar Servants of Mary will sponsor a Marian conference at the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother in Portland, Oregon on August 13-14, 2004.  Please register by Tuesday, 8/10/2004.  For more information call (503) 254-7371 or click into www.thegrotto.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



On August 5 the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major will mark the feast of Our Lady of the Snows as well as the anniversary of the dedication of the basilica which was founded on that date in 358 by Pope Liberius.

Liberius was inspired to build the basilica when the Virgin Mary appeared to him, and to his friends, the Roman patrician John and his wife, in a dream and asked that a church be built in her honor on the site on the Esquiline hill where snow would fall on August 5, a hot midsummer night. In the presence of many Romans, the Pope traced the outline of the church in the snow, and the first basilica built on that spot was called Our Lady of the Snows. The current basilica, better known today as St. Mary Major, is the result of centuries of rebuilding on the original site.

The celebrations this year take place in the presence of the new archpriest of St. Mary Major, Cardinal Bernard Law. They commence on Sunday, August 1 with a triduum of Masses, the first of which will be presided over by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry. Archbishop Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, apostolic nuncio, will celebrate Mass on Monday, August 2, and Cardinal Virgilio Noe, archpriest emeritus of St. Peter's Basilica, will preside at the final mass of the triduum on Tuesday, August 3.

The feast itself will start on Wednesday, August 4 with first Vespers. On Thursday, August 5, there will be a solemn pontifical Mass of the morning and second Vespers, presided over by Cardinal Law. Bishops and priests are invited to concelebrate at this Mass. During Mass and vespers, there is the traditional "rain of flowers," symbolizing the miraculous August snowfall of 358, when thousands of flower petals are released both within the basilica and outside, from its rooftop, for the faithful who have gathered to commemorate this event.

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Mary at 50

The Dallas Morning News on May 8 reported on new scholarly work about the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. “Catholic religious popular art made her look extremely pious and unreal,” the Rev. Thomas Thompson, director of the Marian Library, said. “It was too ethereal, too perfect.  She didn’t even have a blemish.  We have a representation of Mary in her 50s, and the response has been very positive. People like it.”

Thompson also was sought out by Religion News Service for comment about growing interest in the rosary by Protestants. “There’s a certain amount of freedom in the rosary,” he said. “It’s not de rigueur that one has to do it exactly the way it’s written.”

Book Launch

Mary, The First Disciple: A Guide for transforming Today's Church is scheduled for release through Novalis (Montreal) on October14.  The book was written by Sr. Marie Azzarello, CND.  Members of our Marian Institute have shown interest and encouragement for this project.  For example, Fr. Bert Buby, SM, read the chapters as they were developed.  We encourage our readers to look for it this Fall.

From Zenit

Work on Schoenstatt Shrine Nears Completion

ROME, JULY 19, 2004 (Zenit.org)

The Schoenstatt ecclesial movement's new Matri Ecclesiae International Shrine will be dedicated this September.

Juan Zaforas of the movement's news service told ZENIT that the construction of a Marian shrine at Rome "was the great dream of Schoenstatt's founder."

Work on the shrine in Belmonte, on the outskirts of the city, is being completed. The bell tower is already finished. The blessing, planned for Sept. 8, is expected to draw thousands of Schoenstatt members.

Zaforas said that "1,700 people from South and Central America, Australia South Africa and several countries of Europe have already" made reservations for their trip to Rome to attend.

The program includes a prayer vigil in the Vatican Gardens on Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. On Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m., the chapel will be dedicated to the "Thrice Admirable Mother of Schoenstatt" in Roma-Casalotti. The celebration will be presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's vicar for Rome.

On Sept. 9, Schoenstatt members will meet with John Paul II in Castel Gandolfo.


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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.

Mary was lost; is Jesus found? [Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida), 7/18/2004]

To the faithful, the mysterious image of the Virgin Mary that appeared on the plate glass windows of an office building also portrayed a fuzzy depiction of Jesus. The Jesus image seemed to peer out from where her womb would be. When the glass with the face was broken by a teenage vandal in March, believers say the face of Christ started to become more clearly defined, his features unmistakable.

"He's appearing to tell us how much he loves us," said Rosie Reed, site leader for Shepherds of Christ Ministries, the organization that bought the building at Drew Street and U.S. 19 after the image appeared in 1996. But why now?

"Since her face is gone, we have to focus on Jesus," Reed said. "Mary always leads us to Jesus." So although believers are still praying that the face and veil of Mary will reappear on the clear window panes were installed in March, they say they have renewed confidence that maybe it doesn't matter after all. Even though they hope she returns, they say her job is now finished.

"God allowed (the vandalism) to happen," Reed said. "He could have stopped it." The figure is coming into focus at an opportune time. Where there was once a crowd of people gazing at the Virgin image, now there are just a handful of visitors on any given day.

"The crowds are down," Reed said. "We still owe $1,300,000 on the building. We need more people to come." Shepherds of Christ maintains 24-hour security. Reed said, "Everybody can see him at night." But viewers have to stand in the right place to see the image at all. Reed said the best vantage point is the first row of plastic chairs, standing with one's back toward U.S. 19.

The eye is a dark blue mark at the top right of the bottom left pane. The window divider is the nose, a palm frond, the mouth. "Not everybody can see him," Reed said. "When the wind is blowing the palm tree, it's even harder," she said. One afternoon last week, Milagros Rodriquez and her mother, Carmen, visited the image. "I came at nighttime and I saw the face of Jesus," said Rodriquez, wiping tears from her eyes. "I also saw baby Jesus in the arms of Mary. I see the face of Mary even when she's not here."

Elderly, sick touched by Legion of Mary; Local church ministry seeks new members [Source: Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 7/11/2004]

A small but dedicated group of parishioners at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mandeville has been busy for the past year helping the lonely in the community, guided by their devotion to the Virgin Mary. The Legion of Mary is a lay organization that was founded in Dublin, Ireland, in 1921.

"The gentleman who founded it had great devotion to the Blessed Mother and saw the need to evangelize people," said Mary Burns, one of four members of the Mary, Queen of Peace group, called a praesidium. "The Legion does apostolic work. We visit the sick and elderly, going to nursing homes and hospitals and visiting shut-ins," Burns said.

The Legion of Mary brings communion to the sick, visits the ill and homebound and gathers every Wednesday after 9 a.m. Mass at the church to pray and discuss how better to spread the word of God. Each weekly gathering of the Legion of Mary is begun with the rosary to Our Lady of Grace. "We pray the rosary and have a short meeting, then go out and do our work," Burns said. "We go to nursing homes to lead the rosary and visit residents."

Burns said the Legion at Mary, Queen of Peace is looking for new members. Right now, Burns, Isabel Heap, Maggie Beckett and Cynthia Durtsche make up the group, but they would like to have more. "We would love to have more members, men and women, young and old," she said. The Legion also is "always looking for something more challenging," Burns said. Parishioner Toni Henry recently visited the group, discussing the possibility of members becoming involved with the prison ministry she leads.

"We always think we’re not prepared to do hard work, and I remember walking into a nursing home and thinking, "I can’t do this," but then you can’t stop doing it. God prepares us for that. When we do our work, the Blessed Mother is there assisting us. We believe she is with us doing our work. "We are considered the Blessed Mother’s army. It is a good, good ministry. We have visited Pontchartrain Care Center and started going to Heritage Manor. The people are so appreciative. They love the company."

Maternal feelings shine [Source: 7/7/2004]

JUDGING by the sounds of farewell kisses, "love you mummy" and "have a lovely day darling" interrupting this phone conversation with mother-of-three soprano Sara Macliver, she knows a thing or two about maternal feelings. That will come in handy when she sings Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs with The Queensland Orchestra next week.

It is a powerful expression of maternal grief. Each of the three slow movements features a text of sorrow, one a 15th-century lament of the Virgin Mary, another the prayer of an 18-year-old girl inscribed on a Gestapo prison wall, "O Mama do not cry. Queen of Heaven support me always".

"The third movement is based on a traditional Polish folk song which says 'where have you gone my dearest son?' It's the story of a woman's grieving for her child following the Nazi invasion of Poland. You can really feel the desperation and the pathos in the music," Macliver says.

World Briefing Europe: Russia: Return Of The Icon [Source: The New York Times, 6/24/2004]

An ancient icon of the Virgin Mary that Orthodox Christians revere as miraculous returned to Russia after more than half a century in the United States. The Tikhvin Mother of God icon, which according to Orthodox tradition was painted by St. Luke, mysteriously appeared in Russia in the fourteenth century and a monastery was built on the site. The icon, which is credited with saving the monastery from Swedish invaders in the 17th century, was brought to the United States by an emigre bishop, who said it should be returned once Communism fell and the monastery was restored. It will be displayed briefly in Moscow before returning to Tikhvin monastery 125 miles east of St. Petersburg. Sonia Kishkovsky (NYT)

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