"Flowers of the Nativity," an article relating the legends about herbs and
flowers associated with the birth of Jesus, appears in the December 2009 issue
of the St. Anthony Messenger magazine. The author, Vincenzina Krymow, is a volunteer research assistant
at The Marian Library. The article is based on the PowerPoint presentation and lecture, "Herbal Lore in the Nativity Tradition," given
at the Friends of the Creche National Convention held in Dublin, Ohio
on November 10, 2007.
As a special gift to listeners, Radio Maria 88.7 FM WHJM (Anna), 1600 AM WULM (Springfield) and streaming live at
radiomaria.us, will be airing the
following musical programs for its listening area:
Sunday, December 13:
2:00 PM Dayton Area Harp Ensemble Fall Concert, featuring eleven harps, flute, violin,
cello, and percussion, conducted by Ron Kindell, recorded live at Saint Henry
6:30 PM Jubilee Advent Concert and Evensong, under the direction
of Paula Kern Price, broadcast live from Holy Trinity Church, Dayton
Sunday, December 20:
7:00 PM Festival of Choirs, featuring the five parishes in the Marian
Cluster, joined by St. Louis Church, North Star and St. Nicholas Church, Osgood,
for a combined choir of one-hundred voices under the direction of Paul Mizer, broadcast
live from St. John the Baptist Church, Maria Stein
Check the Radio Maria website and listen for special Christmas programming, including a
Christmas Concert featuring several choirs from St. Augustine Church, Minster,
under the direction of Amy Noykos. Radio Maria wishes listeners a blessed Advent
and Christmas season. Radio Maria...a Christian voice in your home.
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.
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, December 9, Francesca Franchina speaks with Nick Cardilino;
University of Dayton Campus Minister for Social Action, accomplished musician,
song writer, and singer, regarding his music and music choices for youth and
young people. Nick talks about cutting CDs, writing music, topping the charts
and meeting other prominent Christian musicians focusing on the creative process
and also on campus ministry at the University of Dayton. Participate in the
lively discussion on raising teens, 'Dorkism' and how it all comes together in
Advent with a new acronym! Hear Nick's new song, Christmas Love and much more.
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 radiomaria.us The
website 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 radiomaria.us from
anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments,
suggestions at email@example.com. 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, December 8, at 5:00 PM, Fran salutes the Daughters of the Immaculate
Conception on their one-hundredth anniversary. Founded in 1909 by Mrs. Josephine DiPasquale in Dayton, the program will highlight their Marian Apostolate growing
in wisdom, knowledge, understanding and furthering the Catholic faith through
Catholic Action to help make the Blessed Mother better known, loved and served.
Working in collaboration with The Marian Library/International Marian
Research Institute and the with Society of Mary at the University of Dayton, their meetings
often feature speakers from IMRI. Guests are the founder's daughter, Louise DiPasquale Zimmaro,
granddaughter, Patricia DiPasquale Krul of Dayton, and
granddaughter, Mary Jo DiPasquale McCoy of Texas, who helped celebrate the One-Hundred-Year Founding Anniversary today at the
University of Dayton's Mother of Good Counsel Chapel where the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception participated in
Mass and renewed their Solemn Marian Consecration followed by a celebratory
luncheon. Francesca shares her favorite celebratory recipe for the very special Italian Wedding Cake, Cassata.
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 marypage.org. 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 Thomas Thompson, S.M., Thursday, December 10, 2:30 PM on Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Three Masses of Christmas (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)
Our feast of Christmas came from a pagan observance which was Christianized.
It is a pagan festival revisited. The first mention of the celebration of the
Lord's nativity in a liturgical calendar appears in the fourth century. This
was the 'baptism' of the pagan festival of the invincible sun (sol invictus), an
observance introduced in 274 by the Emperor Aurelius (270-275), and celebrated
in Rome on December 25, the winter solstice. The "Sun of Justice" (Mal 3:20)
came as "the light of the world" (Jn 8:12) to vanquish darkness and to triumph over sin and death.
As the Christianization of the winter solstice, observed in Egypt and in Arabia on January 6, developed into the feast of the
Epiphany, it became a major feast of the East. To counteract certain pagan
myths, Epiphany, which means 'showing forth' or 'manifestation', placed emphasis
on the baptism of Jesus and his mission, and on the revelation of his glory at
Cana? Gradually the feast of Epiphany spread to the entire West in the fourth
century, and the East adopted the feast of Christmas about the same time.
In the fourth century at Rome the celebration of Christmas was a rather
ordinary Mass celebrated by the pope. The Mass was similar to our present Mass
at Dawn, and proclaimed the prologue of John's Gospel. To refute and oppose the
Arian heresy rampant at that time, the Mass affirmed and celebrated the Word
made flesh. This Christmas Mass was clearly Christological and dogmatic in
character, and in 360 mentioned the adoration of the Magi and the massacre of the innocent children of Bethlehem.
At Bethlehem a night Mass was celebrated for Epiphany in the grotto of the Lord's birth. Beginning in the
fifth century, a night Mass was celebrated in Rome also, but it was the Mass of
Christmas and not that of Epiphany. The Pope celebrated the night Mass at the
Church of St. Mary Major, built after the Council of Ephesus. Wood from a
crèche was displayed in one of the basilica's chapels, and the Mass celebrated
there became known as the Mass ad praesepe, that is, near the crèche. Since the
account of Jesus' birth at Bethlehem was read from the Gospel of Luke, the theme of this celebration was historical.
The Greek (Byzantine) colony in Rome also celebrated December 25. They assembled at the Church of Saint Anastasia
(Holy Resurrection). To respect the Byzantines the Pope celebrated Mass with
them in the morning before going to St. Peter's Basilica. In that Mass the
gospel reading was the announcement of the good news to the shepherds found in Luke's Gospel.
This is how the three Masses of Christmas originated. The Pope and the
faithful celebrated Mass at night at St. Mary Major, at dawn at St. Anastasia,
and during the day at St. Peter.
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
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.
In order to make our web site more accessible, The Mary Page may now be
reached at the following URLs: lapagedemarie.org; lapaginademaria.org; marypage.org; themarypage.org;
marypage.udayton.edu; campus.udayton.edu/mary; 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.
items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News.
Catholic.net 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
Film Affirms Fatima's Timeless Message
Priest Says Mary Links Christians and Muslims
Source: Zenit (Fort Collins, Colorado), December 1, 2009
A new film about the Marian apparitions at Fatima is being released today, combining modern technology with a timeless message, only
months before Benedict XVI's visit to the Portuguese shrine.
The 13th Day is the first major movie in over fifty years
detailing Our Lady's apparition to three shepherd children in Fatima in 1917.
Filmed on location in Portugal, as well as in the United Kingdom, the movie weaves a story based on the memoirs of one of the children,
who later became Sister Maria Lucia de Jesus, as well as thousands of eyewitness accounts of the events.
The film is a combination of "great entertainment, catechesis and evangelization," said Anthony Ryan, marketing director for Ignatius
Press, the North American distribution company.
It is "a relevant wake-up call" for our culture today, he added at a press conference for the movie's release.
Ryan explained that The 13th Day is a "message driven film," about the power of Our Lady's promises that are still relevant. ...
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.
Nativity Collection Features 'Unprecedented Gift'
Source: Flyer News, (University of Dayton) December 3, 2009
Every culture has unique traditions for celebrating Christmas. At the Manger--World Nativity Traditions, an exhibit of more
than two-hundred nativity scenes, sheds light on different nations and their distinctive portrayals of the birth of Christ.
The nativities, also known as crèches, are part of the annual Marian Library Gallery--International Marian Research Institute display
and will be on exhibit now through Jan. 24, 2010 on the seventh floor of Roesch Library. ...
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!
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
Anniversary Year of Devotion to Our Lady of Good Success
Title: Nuestra Senora del Buen Suceso
Date: February 2, 2010 through February 2, 2011
Location: Monastery of the Immaculate Conception (Quito, Ecuador)
We invite you to participate in the four-hundredth anniversary year of the
devotion to Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador and the public veneration
of the miraculous statue which resides in the Monastery of the Immaculate
Conception (Conceptionist Sisters).
For more info call Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success at 262-567-0920, email them at
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