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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.
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; marypage.udayton.edu; and themarypage.net. The original address on the University of Dayton site, www.udayton.edu/mary, 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.
Also, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has added the Gallery section of The Mary Page to the Exhibits section of their on-line museum, the Plethoreum.
"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.
Copies of Oasis in the Night: Art Works and Writings by Marie Pierre Semler, M.M., as well as holy cards and packets of note cards based on the exhibit are available for a limited time at The Marian Library.
Creches and Straw Art are also on display in our museum. Additional nativity sets are also on display at Gallery Saint John (4400 Shakertown Road in Dayton) from noon to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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.
Cathedral Offers Christmas Nativity Exhibit
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, in cooperation with The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, will offer an exhibition of 26 nativity scenes representative of the cultures and nationalities from around the world. The exhibition will be at the cathedral from now through Sunday, January 1, 2006. Hours are Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on Christmas day); Saturdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; weekdays from noon to 2:00 p.m. This year's exhibit will feature nativities from the American Southwest.
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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!
Pope Leaves "Hopes and Anxieties" With Mary
On the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Benedict XVI figuratively placed the "hopes and anxieties of humanity" with the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In an emotive homage to the image of the Immaculate Conception in Piazza di Spagna, in the heart of Rome, the Pope entrusted to the Blessed Virgin the future of the Church. The day also marked the 40th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council.
"I bring the anxieties and hopes of humanity of our time and place them at the feet of the heavenly Mother of the Redeemer," he began, in his tribute to the Mother of God.
More than 10,000 people from Rome and abroad attended the floral homage that Benedict XVI dedicated to Mary, following the tradition of his predecessors on this public holiday.
"Yes, we wish to thank you, Virgin Mother of God and our most beloved Mother, for your intercession for the Church," the Pope said.
He prayed in particular to the Mother of God "that we might feel her closeness in every instant of life, above all in moments of darkness and trial."
Holy Father Pays Traditional Visit to Piazza di Spagna
Today at 4 p.m. Benedict XVI traveled by car to Rome's Piazza di Spagna to place the traditional floral wreath at the foot of the statue of Mary in celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
Before arriving in the square, the Holy Father stopped briefly at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity to greet the Dominican Friars and the members of the Via Condotti Storeowners Association. Once in the square, in the presence of thousands of faithful, he blessed a basket of roses which was placed at the foot of the column bearing Mary's statue.
"On this day," said the Holy Father, "I have, for the first time as Peter's Successor, come here to the foot of the statue Mary Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna, spiritually following the pilgrimage so often undertaken by my predecessors. ... I bring with me the fears and hopes of humanity of our time and I place them here at the feet of the heavenly Mother of the Redeemer."
The Pope again recalled the 40th anniversary of the closing of Vatican Council II, and the Eucharistic celebration held in St. Peter's Square on that occasion when "Paul VI turned his thoughts to the Virgin 'the Mother of God and our spiritual Mother, ... the creature in which God's image is reflected with absolute clarity'."
"Remembering the many events that marked the last 40 years, how can we not recall today the various moments that characterized the Church's journey over this period? Over those four decades, the Virgin has given her support to pastors and, in the first place, to Peter's Successors. ... She has guided the Church towards a faithful understanding and application of the conciliar documents. For this reason, speaking for the entire ecclesial community, I would like to thank the most Holy Virgin ... with the same sentiments that animated the Conciliar Fathers who dedicated to her the last chapter of the Dogmatic Constitution 'Lumen Gentium,' highlighting the unbreakable bond that unites the Virgin to the Church."
"Virgin Mother of God, and Mother of ours," the Pope cried, "teach us to keep the mysteries of Christ's life in our hearts, and to meditate in silence as you did. You who proceeded to Calvary, ... let us also feel you near in all moments of life, especially moments of darkness and trial. You who at the Pentecost, together with the Apostles in prayer, implored the gift of the Holy Spirit for the nascent Church, help us to follow Christ faithfully. To you we trustingly turn our gaze 'as a sign of sure hope and solace ... until the day of the Lord shall come'."
Volunteers of Suffering Give Meaning to Pain
The following is the fourth point of reference that will guide the coordinating action expressed by the president's council:
To be collaborators of our brothers' joy. Whoever has found Jesus the Lord and Mary, his Mother and ours, acknowledges that joy can also coexist with suffering.
For more information see: www.sodcvs.org.
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.
Vigil for Vietnam's 'weeping'
A "WEEPING" Virgin Mary statue has drawn crowds of devotees to Ho Chi Minh
City's Catholic cathedral since Saturday, annoying government and church
Can Anyone Explain?
SOME HINDUS have complained because the 68p Christmas stamp
shows an old Mughal painting of the Virgin Mary and St Joseph in Indian
dress and wearing on their foreheads dots now generally known as bindis.
Putting Faith in Relics of Saints
The Rev. Michael H. Burzynski makes no bones about it: He collects relics of
Burzynski said Bishop John Timon, Buffalo's first prelate, who served from
1847 to 1867, received the piece now in his collection.
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