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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.
Richard May, an MSA member, will be on EWTN TV on their Living His Life Abundantly program. The show will premier on Monday, Dec. 5 at 10 pm and repeat on Tuesday at 3 am and 5 pm, and on Thursday at 10 am of that week. All times are Eastern.
Michael Duricy, your webmaster, was interviewed about ML/IMRI and the Virgin Mary by Relevant Radio on 11/29/05.
Also, Father Bertrand Buby, S.M., a long-time IMRI Professor, published a book on the Psalms, With a Listening Heart. Click here for a review of the work.
Polish Madonna Prints Still Available!
While the note-cards are now out of stock, seven different 11" x 14" prints are still available from Wislawa Kwiatkowska's "Polish Madonnas in Art and Poetry" exhibit. All pictures are printed on 80# paper.
The pictures available are:
These 11" x 14" prints are $5 each. 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.
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 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.
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.
"Lost in the Beauty of Her God," the inspired works of Sister Marie Pierre Semler, M.M. (1901-1993), will be displayed in The Marian Library Gallery through January 20, 2006. Visitors are welcome weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or by special arrangement. For details call 937-229-4214. Click here for a virtual exhibit.
Creches and Straw Art are also on display in our museum.
International Marian Research Institute Course ScheduleIMRI courses for the Spring 2006 semester are scheduled to begin on February 20. The course schedule for this semester is now available.
The Dayton Liederkranz-Turner Christkindlmarkt will offer a centuries old German Christmas Market tradition that originated in Nuremberg, Germany on Dec. 9-11. The public is invited, with free admission and free parking. There will also be a Christmas Concert that Saturday from 8-9 pm (when the booths will be closed). For more information call 937-223-9013 or click into DaytonGermanClub.org.
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!
December 8 Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica
On December 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the fortieth anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican Council II, the Holy Father will celebrate Mass at 9.30 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, according to a communique made public today by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.
Pontiff Tells Young Dutch How
to Know Christ
In a message for the first Youth Day held in the Netherlands, Benedict XVI explains to young people how they can come to know Christ.
To discover Jesus, Benedict XVI gave young people three personal pieces of advice. The first one being prayer. "If you do not know how to pray, ask him [Jesus] to teach you and ask his heavenly Mother to pray with and for you," the Pope said. "The prayer of the rosary can help you to learn the art of prayer with the simplicity and depth of Mary."
Plenary Indulgence for the
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
According to a decree made public today, Benedict XVI will grant the faithful a Plenary Indulgence for the forthcoming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, 2005). The decree is signed by Cardinal James Francis Stafford and Fr. John Francis Girotti, O.F.M. Conv., respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary.
"December 8," the text reads, "will mark 40 years since Servant of God Paul VI, Supreme Pontiff, who had already proclaimed the Virgin Mary as Mother of the Church, in closing Vatican Council II dedicated great praise to the Virgin who, as Mother of Christ, is Mother of God and spiritual Mother to us all.
"On this Solemnity, the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI, when he renders public homage of praise to Mary Immaculate, has the heartfelt desire that the entire Church should join with him, so that all the faithful, united in the name of the common Mother, become ever stronger in the faith, adhere with greater devotion to Christ, and love their brothers with more fervent charity. From here--as Vatican Council II very wisely taught--arise works of mercy towards the needy, observance of justice, and the defense of and search for peace."
For this reason, the decree continues, the Holy Father "has kindly granted the gift of Plenary Indulgence which may be obtained under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff), with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin, on the forthcoming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, by the faithful if they participate in a sacred function in honor of the Virgin, or at least offer open testimony of Marian devotion before an image of Mary Immaculate exposed for public veneration, adding the recitation of the Our Father and of the Creed, and some invocation to the Virgin."
The document concludes by recalling that faithful who "through illness or other just cause," are unable to participate in a public ceremony or to venerate an image of the Virgin, "may obtain a Plenary Indulgence in their own homes, or wherever they may be, if, with the soul completely removed from any form of sin, and with the intention of observing the aforesaid conditions as soon as possible, they unite themselves in spirit and in desire to the Supreme Pontiff's intentions in prayer to Mary Immaculate, and recite the Our Father and the Creed."
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.
Shrine Offers Tranquility amid
Zooming east on Interstate 70, approaching the bustling intersection at Mid
Rivers Mall Drive, you might notice the Virgin Mary and the child Jesus watching
Still Sacred: Parishes Close But
Symbols of Faith Endure
In the end, it took three men and a pickup truck to move the 700-pound Virgin
Mary statue from a grotto outside the closed St. Peter Church in East
Gloucester, down the road to St. Anthony by the Sea Chapel.
At St. James in Salem, the giant wooden crucifix from St. Joseph was put in a
place where parishioners could easily see and touch it. "This is a symbol of our
healing," said the Rev. John Sheridan, pastor at St. James, standing in front of
the crucifix. "We put upon him our own wounds. ... But it also reminds us that
what we share together is Christ's presence, in and around us."
Our Lady of Miracles of Mussomeli
Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, left, greets worshippers attending the 75th annual Feast of Our Lady of Miracles of Mussomeli Sunday in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in downtown Buffalo. Commemorating the healing of a paralytic in the Sicilian village of Mussomeli in 1530 by intercession of the Virgin Mary, the feast was brought here by immigrants from Mussomeli and is largest annual Italian-American religious celebration in the area.
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