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To celebrate the month of October 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 October.
The Eucharist with Mary
Eucharist with Mary is an answer to John Paul II's proclamation of "a special Year of the Eucharist" (2004-2005). This feature will explore facets of Mary's relationship with the Eucharist and will be updated frequently throughout this year. Our latest addition is A reflection on the Adoring Love of St. Joseph from the writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard.
We have updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through October 16.
Polish Madonna Prints Still Available!
While the note-cards are now out of stock, eleven different prints are still available from Wislawa Kwiatkowska's "Polish Madonnas in Art and Poetry" exhibit. There are nine 11" x 14" prints and two 8.5" x 11" prints. All pictures are printed on 80# paper.
The 11" x 14" pictures available are:
The two 8.5" x 11" prints available are:
The 11" x 14" prints are $5 each. The 8.5" x 11" prints are $3 each or 2 for $5.00. There is an additional charge of $5 for each quantity of 11 prints or less to cover postage and handling. Here is an example of the postage and handling rates:
Specify which prints and quantity you want and make a check or money order out to "The Marian Library." Mail it to:
We also have a "Polish Madonna" Windows PC screensaver that shows all twelve of the pictures that were in the St. Anthony Messenger article. It sells for $5.00, which includes postage and handling.
If you have any questions, please call 937-229-4214.
Christmas Carol: Compassionate animals draw close to Baby Jesus in the manger and warm him with their breath.
Golden-Green Mother of God: Mary and Baby Jesus sit in a dill garden. Mary looks tenderly after her children with the same attentiveness that she looks upon the cherished golden-green dill of her garden.
Madonna Covered with Cherry Blossoms: Delicate cherry blossoms frame the faces of Mary and Baby Jesus while butterflies--symbols of the Resurrection--circle around them.
Madonna of the Mountains: This snowy scene shows Mary in solidarity with all creation; she knows what it is like to be cold and hungry, yet she is determined to overcome all the wintry trials of life. In her basket she carries two little bears that are eager to see Baby Jesus.
Madonna of the Mushrooms: These mushrooms of autumn are attractive but deadly; Mary draws out the poison and warns against the allure and perniciousness of sin.
Madonna Riding on a Deer: Based upon a Polish legend, this picture shows Mary and Baby Jesus being whisked away from danger by a swift and noble deer.
Madonna of the Sowers: From the lilac heather, through the morning fog, the wind pulls threads from Mary's shawl and wraps them around the trees and branches, protecting the autumn seeds.
Mother of God of Lichen: Mary fingers her rosary and gazes prayerfully at the insignia of the Polish eagle on her chest, as the animals are drawn to her loving maternal presence.
Mournful Mother of Czestochowa: In this portrait of the famous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Baby Jesus tries to comfort his mother as she mourns for the fate of the Polish people. Around Mary's shoulders is a blue and gold ribbon from which hangs the Virtuti Militari--the highest Polish military honor that is given in recognition of bravery. (The two slashes on the face of the original icon were inflicted by Hussite soldiers in the fifteenth century.)
Our Lady of the Birches: The white of the birches symbolizes the purity of Mary, while the storks gathered around her represent prosperity and the hope for children.
So Human: In a conversation with the saints in heaven, St. Ann reminisces about her little Mary, who loved to gather flowers and frolic with the animals.
New Web Addresses for The Mary Page
In order to make our web site more accessible, The Mary Page may now be reached at the following URLs: marypage.org; themarypage.org; and themarypage.net. The original address on the University of Dayton site remains active as well.
Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. CatholicWeb.com highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. Catholic.net includes a Mary Channel on their navbar with Mary Page articles. Please visit these site in return. We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.
"The Song of Songs Illustrated," Henry C. Setter's illustrations of this Biblical book now on display in The Marian Library Gallery through October 31, 2005. The exhibit is free and open to the public on weekdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. For tours and information call 937-229-4214. Click here for a virtual exhibit.
Setter, a Cincinnati native and former U.D. Professor, has taught art for 42 years and still works as a professional artist. He has received numerous art commissions in the United States and Europe, and his watercolors, mosaics and sculptures are displayed in both private and public collections. His woodblock prints and sculptures have received awards in juried exhibitions throughout the United States.
Creches and Straw Art are also on display in our museum.
International Marian Research Institute Course ScheduleIMRI courses for the Fall 2005 semester started on October 10! The course schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.
Living With Mary Today
The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute plans to hold a four day symposium on Mary in July 2006. For more information click into: http://www.udayton.edu/mary/symposium06.html.
Click this link for a list of all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.
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!
For Smooth Deliveries
In our modern world of high-tech hospitals, the age of difficult and dangerous childbirth seems a distant memory. While women rarely need to fear loss of life in childbirth, delivery is rarely pleasant and marks the beginning of many sacrifices involved in raising their children. In the beautiful Church of Sant'Agostino near the Piazza Navona, the Virgin Mary, patron of all mothers, was celebrated on Oct. 9 during the feast of the Madonna of Childbirth.
While there are many associations between this church and motherhood, this feast involves a famous statue housed in its own special niche at the back of the church. It has been venerated by thousands of Romans over the centuries as the Madonna of childbirth.
Carved in 1521 by Florentine sculptor Jacopo ("il Sansovino") Tatti, the statue is placed in a marble triumphal arch. The Blessed Mother holds her Son on her knee and both are gilded with gold accents. Sansovino created an image of a strong, voluminous Mary, a woman who to the Renaissance eye could withstand the arduous task of childbirth.
She also tolerates the pains of motherhood. She protectively holds her Son with one hand, but as the Child's front foot suggests, the time will soon come when Jesus will leave her to take up his mission.
For almost 500 years, Roman women have prayed to Blessed Virgin before this statue asking for safe deliveries and healthy babies.
The Madonna del Parto rarely disappoints. Hundreds of silver ex-votos arrayed around the niche attest to her many interventions deemed miraculous by those who lives were saved. Silver hearts, plaques and baby announcements remind women that their courageous acceptance of motherhood holds a special place in the heart of the Madonna and Child.
Particularly moving are the modern offerings such as the pink and blue bows used to adorn a house where a baby has just been born. Photographs abound, with dozens of radiant faces of beaming mothers and babies tacked to the walls of the shrine.
The feast of the Madonna of childbirth lasts five days. The first three days consist of preparation, like Advent before Christmas or the months of gestation. Participants attend liturgies, rosaries and penance services while awaiting the big day. Saturday evening began the festivities with a Mass for expectant mothers. Archbishop Angelo Comastri of Loreto, site of the Holy House of Mary and Jesus, celebrated the Mass for the numerous radiant mothers-to-be in the church.
Sunday was an ongoing celebration of the family--Mass for wedding anniversaries, renewal of vows of consecration and blessings of small children followed one after another all day.
This lively, colorful happy Mass brought together the Catholic families of Rome--families that are menaced today not by unsafe medical conditions or infant mortality, but by the dwindling European birthrate and the legal redefinition of the very word "marriage." This joyous group of faithful entrusted itself to the protection of the Madonna of childbirth.
Even after the first tricky years of infancy when children were once prey to many illnesses, parents found that as their offspring got physically stronger, new, spiritual ills, emerged to beset them. The Church of Sant'Agostino also addresses the perils of youth with another great patron of mothers.
To the left of the main altar lies the burial chapel of St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine. As a mother whose prayer and tears negotiated a wayward teen-ager into a Father of the Church, she seems certainly a fit intercessor even for modern parents.
A Cardinal's Advice on
Hypocrisy and the Heart
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires says that hypocrisy impedes understanding the sentiments of one's heart ... Cardinal Bergoglio, who is attending the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist, concluded his homily by referring to Mary: "She is the first of us who went the good way; she said yes when it was yes, and no when it was no."
Pope Hopes to Open CELAM
Conference in '07
Benedict XVI announced that he will open the 5th General Conference of the Latin American bishops' council, in 2007, at the Marian shrine of Aparecida in Brazil ... After listening to the bishops' reasons for convoking the meeting, Benedict XVI said "that he thought it was a good idea" to hold the conference at the "Marian shrine of Aparecida in Brazil, and to open the assembly there during the month of May of the year 2007," said the communiqué ... Our Lady of Aparecida, patroness of Brazil, is the country's most popular shrine.
Excerpts From Benedict XVI's
Interview on Polish Television
"I am near the Pope (John Paul II) and now he helps me to be near the Lord and I try to enter this atmosphere of prayer, of love for our Lord, for Our Lady and I entrust myself to his prayers. S o there is a permanent dialogue and we're close to each other in a new way, in a very deep way."
On the Anniversary of the
Election of John Paul II
Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today to the crowds that gathered for the praying of the midday Angelus, in St. Peter's Square.
In him we have been able to admire the strength of faith and prayer, and the way in which he entrusted himself totally to Mary Most Holy, who always accompanied and protected him, especially in the most difficult and dramatic moments of his life.
We might describe John Paul II as a Pope totally consecrated to Jesus through Mary, as his motto clearly manifested: "Totus tuus." He was elected in the heart of the month of the rosary, and the rosary, which he often had between his hands, became one of the symbols of his pontificate, watched over by the Immaculate Virgin with maternal solicitude. Through radio and television, the faithful worldwide were able to join him on numerous occasions in this Marian prayer and, thanks to his example and teachings, rediscover its authentic meaning, contemplative and Christological (cf. apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," Nos. 9-17).
In fact, the rosary is not opposed to meditation of the Word of God and to liturgical prayer; moreover, it is a natural and ideal complement, in particular as preparation and thanksgiving for the Eucharistic celebration. We contemplate Christ encountered in the Gospel and in the sacraments in the different moments of his life, thanks to the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries.
In the school of Mary we thus learn to conform ourselves to her divine Son and to proclaim him with our life itself. If the Eucharist is for the Christian the center of the day, the rosary contributes in a privileged way to prolong communion with Christ, and it educates us to live keeping our hearts' gaze fixed on him to radiate on everyone and everything his merciful love. ... May the Virgin Mary help us to make a treasure of his precious legacy.
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.
Matter of Faith
Jason Halverson, a 21-year-old Canadian, sits in a wheelchair on the grounds
of Caritas, an organization in Shelby County that promotes the authenticity of
reported visions of the Virgin Mary.
1,000 Pray with Visionary in
Shelby County Field
About 1,000 people gathered in a Shelby County field Wednesday
night to pray with a visionary who reports visions of the Virgin Mary.
Lunetti's last public appearance during her visit here will be Friday at a field across from the headquarters of Caritas of Birmingham, which promotes the visions that began in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, in 1981.
Artists Fear Santuario Will
Control Art in Its Building
With the control of the Santuario de Guadalupe set to
shift back to its original parish after 30 years, local artists are voicing
concerns about the church's plans to alter the lineup of art shows, concerts and
The da Vinci Duo Gets a Makeover
The best loved mother and daughter team in art is the Virgin Mary and Anna,
or St. Anne. They were often joined by the Christ child. When Leonardo da Vinci
depicted this family group, he opted for a traditional approach. But Sofonisba
Anguissola, 85 years later, rejected tradition and made the mother-daughter duo
role models for women.
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