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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.

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New Resources

A section on Marian Dogmas has been added to our Resources index.  The latest addition was The Immaculate Conception. Expect more articles to follow.

A section on Marian Spiritualities has been added to our Resources index.  The latest addition was a paper by Fr. Eamon Carroll on The Marian Spirituality of Carmelites.  Expect more articles to follow.

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

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

We recently added the latest version of The Marian Library Newsletter.  We also posted our answer to the following questions from readers: What about Nicolo Barbino's Madonnas?; Who is Our Lady of Zapopan?; and What do we know about Tong-lu?

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  News from the Marian Library

We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page web site.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is a typical example:

I am Director of a Catholic school in the Philippines, the Queen of Angels Learning Center. Your article about the Christmas Carol, "Twelve Days of Christmas" was very enlightening. I have decided to provide our Catechism teachers and faculty members with copies of it. We will also discuss the insights drawn from it with our pupils and students, particularly during this coming season of Advent. Thank you for this information. May you continue to provide Catholics this helpful service.


MSA Call for Papers

The next meeting of the Mariological Society of America will take place at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford, Maine, May 18-22, 2005.  The theme will be "Mary, Eschatological Icon of the Church."

"Mary, Eschatological Icon of the Church" is the title of a section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (972) and also of an address of Pope John Paul II given on March 21, 2001.  This MSA program will develop the following: Mary as Type of the Church, as Image of Freedom, as Model for the Church's Identity and Mission; the Assumption as Human Destiny and Anticipation of the Resurrection; Mary's Queenship and Role as Intercessor.

Papers are welcome which explore these images in Scripture, the Christian spiritual tradition, art and iconography, classical and contemporary theology.  Submit a 500 word proposal which should include a tentative title and a description of the thesis.  If you are proposing a panel, please include a list of the participants (no more than 3) and a description of each person's role.  Proposals must be submitted to MSA Secretariat (Marian Library) by December 1, 2004.

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Marian ScreenSavers!

On Tuesday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 11 am to 2 pm, The Marian Library will be selling Marian PC screensavers in the cafeteria of Kennedy Union on the University of Dayton campus.  You may buy one (on CD) for $3.00 or two for $5.00.  You may also purchase these screensavers at The Marian Library, which is located on the 7th floor of U.D.'s Roesch Library.  The Marian Library is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed on holidays.

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute (ML/IMRI) has created two different Marian PC screensavers in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

The first is called "Symbols of Grace" and is a series of 11 classical emblems symbolizing the Immaculate Conception.  The emblems evoke a sense of mystery, with scenes of people, angels, animals, and nature representing God's supreme gift of grace to Mary.  Each emblem is accompanied by the Bible verse which inspired it.

The second is entitled "Visions of Grace" and is a collection of 13 different art pieces, ranging from 17th century Mexican to modern Chinese to classical European.  Each piece is a unique artistic interpretation of The Immaculate Conception, and is accompanied by a Marian verse from the Bible.

These lovely screensavers will inspire meditation on the mysteries of God all year long, and make nice "stocking stuffers" at Christmas time.

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Current Exhibit

Symbols of Grace: Emblems of the Immaculate Conception

Rare engravings reproduced by The Society for the Preservation of the Roman Catholic Heritage will be shown at The Marian Library Gallery through December 15, 2004, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, call 937-229-4214.  For more information click into, Gallery.

Crches and Stamps will also be on display in our museum.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Fall 2004 semester concluded on November 19.  The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.

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Marian Events

Festival: Ave Maria
Location: University of Dayton Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2004 7:00 p.m.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dedication of the Statue of the Immaculate Conception (on the U.D. campus in front of Roesch Library) and the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation by Pope Pius IX of the Dogma of Mary's Immaculate Conception, there will be narration and various settings of the Ave Maria.  Also, the Jubilee Song and others from the 1904 Dedication programs, as well as contemporary Marian hymns, will be sung.  All are welcome!

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

Updates [from the Marian Library Newsletter]

The 160th anniversary of the publication of True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary has given Pope John Paul II the opportunity to recall the doctrine of its author, St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort.  True Devotion was written in the early 1700s; but the manuscript had remained unknown for more than a century.  When, almost by chance, it was discovered in 1842 and then published in 1843, it had an immediate success.  In his letter to the Montfortian Family, Pope John Paul wrote, "As far as I am concerned, the reading of this book was a great help to me in my youth.  I found the answer to my doubts, which were due to a fear that devotion to Mary "if developed too much, might end by compromising the primacy of the worship of Christ" (My Vocation, Gift and Mystery, p. 42).  "Under the wise guidance of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort, I understood that, if we live the mystery of Mary in Christ, there is no such risk." (For the text of the letter, see www.montfort.org.)

The 2003 Ren Laurentin--Pro Ancilla Domini Award was presented to Fr. Candido Pozo, S.J., Professor Emeritus of the Theology Faculty of Granada.  His works include Mara en la obra de la salvacin (third edition) and Mara en la Escritura y en la fe de la Iglesia (fourth edition).

Of more than 7,000 inexplicable cures which have occurred at Lourdes since 1858, sixty-seven have been recognized as miracles.  The various stages for this recognition include an initial approval by the Lourdes International Medical Committee; then, a separate and lengthy study by the International Medical Committee; and, finally, the report of the diocese where the recipient of the miracle lives.  Furnished with conclusions reached by the commission, it is the prerogative of the bishop to make a definitive pronouncement and propose to the diocese and to the world that this miraculous cure is a "sign from God."

According to the BBC's Radio R, the town of Walsingham, with its Catholic Marian shrine and Anglican Marian shrine, is the country's most-visited spiritual site.  The original shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, founded in 1061, was destroyed at the Reformation.  The Slipper Chapel was restored in 1934, and is now the National Catholic Shrine of Our Lady.  Thousands frequent the shrine each year, with a noticeable increase in recent years.

From Zenit

Not posted this week.

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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.

Bosnian blessing; ARTS--Religious life [Source: The Spectator Limited, 10/16/2004]

I spent last Tuesday afternoon sitting on the floor of a Franciscan church in Bosnia listening to a man many think is a saint. Father Jozo Zovko was the pastor of St James's, Medjugorje, in 1981, when the Virgin Mary appeared to six of the village children. At first he thought they were telling fibs, then as he was praying he heard the Virgin's voice saying, 'Save the children,' so he became their champion, defending them against the communists.

Twenty-three years later, Mary still materialises and speaks to the visionaries at 6.40 p. m. every day (5.45 p. m. during daylight saving time), and Jozo tours the world, spreading her message. The talk on the Medjugorje streets, between the racks of four-Euro, pearly-sheen rosary beads, is often of Fr Jozo's healing services, of conversions and miracles.

By the time I arrived at his church, in Siroki Brijeg, all the chairs had been bagged by wily septuagenarians, but it was nice on the floor. To my left and right were Irish knees in flesh-coloured tights, behind me, a roll of marble fitted into the curve of my neck. Dead ahead, standing at the lectern with his interpreter, was the 'saint', looking tired. 'Pilgrims!' shouted the interpreter, her bony grey head poking out of a pink turtleneck. 'Our Lady has brought each of you to this place for a reason!' 'Last week, a woman with a brain tumour came to the church, ' she said, her voice strict, but sibilant. 'When she arrived, she couldn't walk, but by the end of the service she got up from her chair and ran out, cured! These are the sorts of blessings Our Lady wishes to give you!'

I glanced up covertly at a blonde girl in a wheelchair in front of me. She looked hopeful. I would like to be hopeful, too, but Medjugorje is a confusing place. Mary's messages, for instance 'Children, darkness reigns over the whole world'; 'Many people now live without faith'; do we really need an apparition to tell us that? One visionary, Ivan, charges New Yorkers nearly $2,000 for the 'Ivan Dragicevic Prayer Experience'.

But then, if you crowbar your mind open, beneath the babble of Hail Marys, and lost Americans asking for the coach park, Medjugorje does feel calm, prayerful. And pilgrims come back, year after year, in their millions, talking of signs from the Virgin in the sky. In the church aisles, Jozo's female helpers handed out free gifts from wicker baskets: glow-in-the-dark rosaries and a picture of Our Lady in her usual blue. 'Put the picture on your heart, ' said the interpretess, in what she probably thought of as her loving voice, 'and listen to what the Blessed Virgin is telling you.'

I closed my eyes. The Virgin seemed to be telling me with some urgency to test the luminosity of the rosary under my T-shirt. Then there was another gift, a 'personal' blessing from Fr Jozo via the other priests present. Under orders from the pink turtleneck, the congregation wobbled into the aisles, row upon row of Irish, Americans, Bosnians, Italians, English, old men and women, some families. 'Could those feeling strong today be ready to catch those overcome by the blessing?' said the interpreter.

Soon a priest approached, praying his way down my line. The badge on his chest said he was Father Andrew from Scotland. He seemed nice, but not particularly miraculous, and, in a second, he had blessed me, the blonde in the wheelchair and had moved on without drama. Across the aisle, a manly-looking American priest was having more luck. As he held the heads of his flock, and whispered into their ears, some swooned and fell over backwards. Five or six women in his line were already out cold on the marble and so I walked over for a closer look.

The nearest woman definitely wasn't faking: behind her eyelids, her eyeballs flickered as if during REM. Her hands, up by her ears, clenched sporadically into fists and she breathed in and out rapidly. When I looked up again, I saw the wheelchair blonde staring longingly at the American priest, who had finished his row and was standing with his back firmly to her. I didn't blame him. It's one thing to put a Texan woman into a Godly stupor, but quite another to make a paralysed girl get up and walk. After a five-minute stand-off, one of the blonde's friends walked over and tapped him on the shoulder. Could he come and pray over her? It seemed rude to watch, and when I turned back the American priest was smiling and raising his eyebrows apologetically. The blonde looked sad, but not despairing.

COFRADIA HONORS THE BLESSED VIRGIN [Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer, 10/17/2004]

IN CELEBRATION of its 25th anniversary, the Cofradia De La Inmaculada Concepcion recently presented the Noche Para La Virgen Maria at the NBC Tent in Fort Bonifacio. Chair Imelda Cojuangco leads devotees of the Cofradia De La Inmaculada in efforts to intensify devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Noche Para La Virgen Maria was a night to renew this commitment to the Blessed Mother, as a source of strength among Filipinos. Participated in by the country's best floral designers and decorators, the event showcased an array of beautiful presentations of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mabolo's Antonio Garcia paid tribute to the Nuestra Seora De Las Flores, from the collection of Cojuangco, with a profusion of pink roses and orchids. Toni Serrano-Parsons designed a healthy blend of colors and textures in celebration of the Nuestra Seora Del Santissimo Rosario De La Naval De Manila, from the collection of the Alino family. 1816's Robert Blancaflor served up white roses for Nuestra Seora De La Victoria, from the collection of Dona Victoria L. Vda. De Tengco. Rachy Cuna's ornate decoration was a fitting tribute to the Nuestra Seora Del Rosario de San Pablo, from the collection of the Escudero family. And Ponce Veridiano, utilizing all white flowers, gave glory to the La Inmaculada Concepcion, from the collection of the Intramuros administration.

Noche Para La Virgen Maria began with a Eucharistic celebration headed by Archbishop Gaudencio B. Rosales, who blessed the images. Afterward, an exhibit was launched featuring the works of Ramon Orlina. The noted glass sculptor presented a series of Mother and Child works, while Robert Sena and Isay Alvarez performed a very inspiring "Seranata." Devotees and members present at the event included Cofradia 25th celebration ad hoc committee members Imelda Cojuangco, Aurora Eizmendi, Fe Rodriguez, Helen Ong and Danny Dolor. Capping the event was a silent auction of beautiful pieces of Mauro Malang Santos, Arturo Luz, Soler Santos, paintings from the Metrobank Foundation, Pitoy Moreno, Ben Farrales, Patis Tesoro, El Cirkulo, Jo-Liza Antiques, Jewelmer and Evie Costa.

STO. DOMINGO MARKS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY [Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer, 10/3/2004]

STO. Domingo Church in Quezon City celebrates its 50th anniversary, coinciding with the fiesta of Our Lady of La Naval on Oct. 1-10. The present church was inaugurated on Oct. 10, 1954, by Bishop Peregrin de la Fuente, OP, DD, then newly designated prelate of the Prelature Nullius of Batanes-Babuyanes. That year the Catholic Church also marked the centenary of the dogma declaring that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin, giving her the title Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

This year's celebration started on Sept. 30, 6 p.m., when the centuries-old image of Our Lady of La Naval was enthroned in the main altar. Throughout the year, she is at the left altar but, on her fiesta, she is transferred with pomp and solemnity to the main altar. The nine-day Novena began on Oct. 1, 6 p.m., and will continue until Oct. 9. The feast day on Oct. 10 will be highlighted by a procession at 4 p.m. All the Dominican saints will be in the grand procession.

The procession 50 years ago began from the University of Sto. Tomas Chapel, where the image of the La Naval had been kept since the war. The turnout of devotees was huge. Before the image could leave the UST grounds, the head of the procession was said to be already at the new church. The procession, which took three hours, was described as awesome, with candles flickering from the university to the church. In old Intramuros, during Spanish times, the image of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval was enthroned in her own church in Intramuros. It was moved to the UST Chapel for safekeeping during World War II.

The yearly fiesta and procession of the Virgin draw thousands of devotees. Many people come to fulfill a panata, or to ask the Virgin for help. They return to say "thank you." The Virgin's old church in Intramuros is now the site of the Ilustrado Restaurant.

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