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Ave Maria on YouTube

Jon Harvey, who has contributed several items to The Mary Page, sent us the following information:

Below are alternate lyrics to the traditional Schubert melody in German:

The following is a loose translation supplied by the poster

Ave Maria! Maiden mild!
Listen to a maiden's pleading
from these rocks, stark and wild,
my prayer shall be wafted to thee.
We shall sleep safely till morning,
though men be ever so cruel.
O Maiden, see a maiden's distress,
O Mother, hear a suppliant child.

Ave Maria, undefiled!
When we upon this rock lie down
to slumber, and they protection covers us,
the hard stone will seem soft to us.
If thou smilest, the scent of roses will float
through this murky cavern,
O Mother, hear a child's petition,
O maiden, 'tis a maid that calls!

Ave Maria, Maiden pure,
the demons of the earth and air,
driven forth by thy gracious glance
cannot stay here with us.
We will calmly bow to fate
since thy holy comfort hovers over us.
Mayest thou be favorably inclined to the maiden,
to the child that pleads for her father!

German original

Ave Maria! Jungfrau mild,
Erhöre einer Jungfrau Flehen,
Aus diesem Felsen starr und wild
Soll mein Gebet zu dir hinwehen.
Wir schlafen sicher bis zum Morgen,
Ob Menschen noch so grausam sind.
O Jungfrau, sieh der Jungfrau Sorgen,
O Mutter, hör ein bittend Kind!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Unbefleckt!
Wenn wir auf diesen Fels hinsinken
Zum Schlaf, und uns dein Schutz bedeckt
Wird weich der harte Fels uns dünken.
Du lächelst, Rosendüfte wehen
In dieser dumpfen Felsenkluft,
O Mutter, höre Kindes Flehen,
O Jungfrau, eine Jungfrau ruft!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Reine Magd!
Der Erde und der Luft Dämonen,
Von deines Auges Huld verjagt,
Sie können hier nicht bei uns wohnen,
Wir woll'n uns still dem Schicksal beugen,
Da uns dein heil'ger Trost anweht;
Der Jungfrau wolle hold dich neigen,
Dem Kind, das für den Vater fleht.
Ave Maria!

N.B. Mr. Harvey sent the following information about the text above:

Franz Schubert originally wrote Ave Maria with these altered lyrics. Only later was the classical version put to his music. Schubert's original Ave Maria was part of a dramatic opera with the above lyrics. Then it was re-written (and is now most often performed) with the traditional/classical lyrics based on the Gospel of Luke.

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Radio Maria from the Marian Library

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed., a long-time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local stations for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio and WULM (AM 1600) in Springfield, Ohio.  Called " Francesca and Friends: Why Mary?," the program airs every Wednesday from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST focusing on what is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture.

On Wednesday, November 25, Francesca Franchina speaks with Daytonian John Paul Deddens, founder and director of Students for Life Illinois headquartered in Champaign, IL, about everyday life application of scripture and the culture of life as promoted by the late Pope John Paul II among college students and young adults in the Pro-Life Movement at various universities and colleges.  CALL IN TOLL FREE. PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

The broadcast may also be heard on-line at [Click on the BVMary photo ... Scroll down to RADIO MARIA USA (English) ... Click on the windows icon or whichever media program you have on your PC.].  The web site also provides access to some previous broadcasts.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.  An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.

Fran's series, Through the Tummy to the Heart, (T5H) airs every Tuesday except the first Tuesday from 5:00-5:45 PM on RADIO MARIA WHJM and also online. The series encores Saturdays from 3:00-3:45 pm.  Tune in 88.7 FM (WHJM) in the northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati and on line at from anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments, suggestions at Send email while the programs are going on if you cannot get through or if you are listening outside of the USA. CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

On Tuesday, November 24, at 5:00 PM, Fran talks with Father Peter Fehlner, MI, about the Academy of The Immaculate Publishing House, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, and Father Emil Neubert, SM, and their writing, teaching and evangelization methodologies on 'Things Marian' and giving thanks. Francesca shares her favorite recipes from her Italian kitchen and writer's workshop for Pasta Carbonara, Frita Mista: Italian Breaded Broccoli Spears and Cauliflowerettes; Italian Breadsticks, and her savory Buttery Celery Onion Bread Dressing for the family Thanksgiving turkey.

Living With Mary Today! Live: Thursdays and Fridays 2:30-3:00 PM EST: From the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, internationally-known Mariologists Fathers Johann Roten, Francois Rossier, Thomas Thompson, and Bertrand Buby of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Schoenstatt Sisters Jean Frisk and Danielle Peters, Michael Duricy and Brother Erik Otiende will discuss Marian themes such as The Blessed Mother and Ecumenism; Mary and The Family; Mary and Suffering, Marian Teachings and Writings of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from the Founder of the Marianists, Blessed Wm. Joseph Chaminade; Mary and Vatican II, Marian Apparitions and others. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the largest collection of Marian books and artifacts in the world, and IMRI is the site of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the Doctorate, STL and STD. Find out more by visiting The University of Dayton, The Marian Library and IMRI are collaborators with the International Satellite Radio Maria Network and Radio Maria Ohio.  Click here for the complete schedule of future programs planned to date.

This week's programs:

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, November 26, 2:30 PM on Creches and Their Meaning

Brother Erik Otiende, S.M., Friday, November 27, 2:30 PM on Waiting With Mary in Advent

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Muslims and the Virgin Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Over the centuries Muslims and Christians have engaged in numerous conflicts, but they share the same belief in one true God and a devotion to the Virgin Mary.

Many Christians find it surprising that the Qur'an, the holy book of Islam, records a detailed account of Mary's life according to the Islamic faith. In the Qur'an Mary is the only woman mentioned; and she is named more than thirty times. The Qur'an speaks of Mary's Immaculate Conception, her dedication to God, and her role as the mother of Jesus. Devout Muslims refer to her as Sitna Maryam, our lady Mary, and recognize her as a holy person who is honored for her purity, virginity, and obedience to God.

Many Muslims believe that several Marian apparitions concern them as well as Christians. Consequently they feel a strong connection to her. When Mary appeared in 1531 to St. Juan Diego in Mexico, she stood on a crescent moon, which is a symbol of Islam. Because of this, Muslims believe that Mary gave the Islamic world an important and personal sign.

Of greater significance are the apparitions at Fatima in Portugal. The Muslim conquerors named the city of Fatima for Mohammed's favorite daughter. The princess of the nearby castle of Ourem, who converted to Catholicism before her death, was named Fatima. When Mary appeared to the shepherd children at Fatima in 1917, Muslims felt she connected with them also. Their Sitna Maryam had blessed their revered Fatima. Some Muslims make pilgrimages to Fatima in honor of the Virgin Mary and in memory of Mohammed's daughter.

At the shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon atop Harissa, Lebanon, Muslims frequently come to pray before the image of Mary overlooking the Mediterranean coast. This is also true of other Marian shrines in the Near East and in the Middle East.

These experiences highlight the Virgin Mary's attempts to reach all people. Her messages are not intended only for an isolated and select few. She reaches out to all. She loves all of us, and desires each of us to love one another and to come closer to her Son. In our greatest needs and sorrows we stand together as a world community enfolded in our heavenly Mother's arms before one God.

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New Exhibit!

When Purple Meets All Other Colors, by Darel Sparling will be on display at The Marian Library Gallery from November 23, 2009 through January 28, 2010. The gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday by appointment by calling 937-229-4214. It is free and open to the public. Click here to see a virtual exhibit.

The Marian Library received its largest single gift recently from Australian collector, Elisabeth Van Mullekom-Cserep.  Employees and volunteers have been busy processing the gift which includes over twenty-three hundred items.  A selection of crèches from this outstanding donation will be unveiled in a special exhibition, At the Manger--World Nativity Traditions, during the 2009 Christmas season.  Opening on Thanksgiving weekend with a family-oriented open house from 1-4 pm on November 28, 2009, the displays will run through January 24, 2010.  Exhibits will be shown on the first and second floors of Roesch Library and the crèche room of The Marian Library.  Stop by often and enjoy these marvelous gifts.

UD Marian and Roesch Libraries Online Giving Page

The Marian Library Gallery is located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Free and open to the public, hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or by appointment.  Call 937-229-4214.

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Additional 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:;;;;;; and  The original address on the University of Dayton site,, remains active as well.

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Web Collaborators

Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. includes a Mary Channel on their navbar with articles from The Mary Page. Please visit these sites in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

Radio Maria broadcasts from Milan, Italy, heard in forty-nine countries; WHJM broadcasts out of Louisiana across USA [including FM 88.7, an affiliate station in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) and AM 1600, an affiliate in Springfield, Ohio, which air regular Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday at 11:30 am EST].

Mary's Gardens, the website of the late John S. Stokes, Jr. is in the process of being migrated to The Mary Page in accord with his bequest.  His children have also donated related physical holdings to The Marian Library.  Click here for more information.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for Fall 2009 semester concluded on November 20, 2009. The course schedule for Spring 2010 and beyond is now available.

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In keeping with the season, we recommend  November Poetry.

We have updated Teachings of the Popes and Councils on the Blessed Virgin Mary with Documents up to the Council of Trent.  We have also updated our list of Marian videos available for loan to the public, including more recent ones on DVD.

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Ralph McInerny on a Forgotten Thomist
Calls Charles de Koninck a man of faith, philosopher of science
Source: Zenit (South Bend, Indiana), November 6, 2009

The renewed interest in the works of St. Thomas Aquinas in the early-to-mid twentieth century produced a flowering of Catholic thought that formulated a coherent intellectual critique and alternative to modernity. But Thomism fell out of fashion after the Second Vatican Council as the perennial philosophy and leading intellectual framework for the Catholic synthesis of faith and reason.

Today, however, Thomism is experiencing somewhat of a revival, and that can be attributed to the work of Thomists such as Ralph McInerny, who, among others, kept the flame of Thomism burning during the tumultuous intellectual milieu that followed the council. Now, in an act of gratitude, McInerny seeks to introduce a new generation to his own teacher--a man who helped lay the groundwork for the recent Thomistic revival: Charles De Koninck. ...

ZENIT: De Koninck wrote eloquently about how the Mother of God personifies Wisdom. What role did the Catholic faith play in his philosophical explorations?

McInerny: De Koninck was a Catholic philosopher, which meant that the faith–-the magisterium–-was always the guide for his work. His devotion to Mary followed the teaching of St Louis Grignion de Monfort. His work Ego Sapientia is a florilegium of texts brought together under titles of Mary drawn from the great masters of Mariology: Bernard and Bonaventure. ...

Click here for the complete article.

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The director and editors of The 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.

Elisabeth's Nativity House
Source: Campus News, (University of Dayton) November 5, 2009

The University of Dayton will welcome the Christmas season with a community celebration of a new gift that nearly doubled The Marian Library's collection of Nativity scenes from around the world.

The University will host an open house featuring music, refreshments and children's activities for the premiere of "At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions," an exhibit of more than two hundred Nativity scenes. The free, public event will be 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, on three floors of Roesch Library on the University of Dayton campus. ...

Click here for the complete article.

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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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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of November with Mary:

The 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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Marian Events

Food for the Soul Marianist Style

Title: Celebrating Advent with Mary and the Holy Spirit

Date: Noon - 1:15 pm, Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Location: Kennedy Union, Room 310 (University of Dayton)

As Advent begins, come join us to reflect on a collaboration that truly changed the world.  Facilitated by Carol Ramey and Patti Gehred of NACMS.  Light lunch provided.  RSVP required.

For more info call the Office of the Rector at 937-229-2409 or email

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