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Mary in Books, Films and Music
New song about the Nativity now available
Mara Levine recently collaborated with Joe Jencks on a beautiful cover for Bob Franke's moving song about the nativity
Straw Against the Chill. She is trying to find ways to help finance this recent project, and also to make this beautiful song
available to everyone! Mara generously donated several copies to The Marian Library. The song is now available for purchase.
Click here to listen to the full song. Click
preview a short sample, read a description, or order a digital download for
$0.99. To order a copy on CD for $5 plus $2 shipping, call Mara at 732-549-9722.
Do you find yourselves already missing the beautiful sounds of Christmas, this final week of the season?
Tune in to Radio Maria TONIGHT, Tuesday, January 5 at 7:30 PM EST/6:30 PM CST for the Harpin' Holidays concert by the very
talented Dayton Area Harp Ensemble. This concert was recorded live at Precious Blood Church, just this past Sunday as a
special celebration of the Epiphany.
Many of you know the Dayton Area Harp Ensemble's gifted coordinator, Bobbie Strohbar. Joining her to present this
concert are six other harpists as well as guest performers playing flute, violin, cello, and percussion. Ron Kindell is the
ensemble's conductor. This concert is well worth your time!
Those in the Anna, OH area can listen on 88.7 FM WHJM north of I-70. Those outside of the Springfield, OH area, keep in mind that
1600 AM WULM is a dawn-to-dusk station. After dark, you can pick it up in the immediate Springfield area, but it's always loud and
clear over our live internet stream at www.radiomaria.us.
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, January 6, Francesca Franchina and Jack Davis discuss writing
from Mystical City of God by Blessed Mary of Agreda, Volume 1, as dictated by the
Blessed Mother, regarding the Jewish Rite of Circumcision; Why it was deemed
necessary for Jesus; Mary's Instruction from on High; The Visit of the Magi
Kings and the Feast of the Epiphany. (Imprimatur 1902 by M. Rev. H. J. Alerding,
Bishop of Fort Wayne, IN from the original authorized Spanish Edition, and for
the new edition reprinted from the original without change in 1949 by M. Rev.
Edwin V. Byrne, D.D., Archbishop of Santa Fe, NM). CALL IN TOLL FREE. PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show):
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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:
Cecilia Mushenheim, Thursday, January 7, 2:30 PM on Adele, Mary, and the Marianists
2010 Contest of the Pontifical Academies in Mariology (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)
- The contest is open to institutions, university students and artists who make meaningful contribution to the development of
Mariological artistic and scientific expressions (theology, liturgy, literature, history, etc.).
- University students may enter with a doctoral thesis already approved by their respective University or Faculty.
- Candidates from institutions must present documentation (in duplicate) that attests to the scientific and/or artistic work
accomplished for the development of Mariology and for the formation of students and researchers.
- Every author's works must be submitted in duplicate and be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and must be sent from the
respective Faculty or Mariological Society.
- Candidates must submit entries by March 31, 2010 to the secretariat of one of the two host academies.
- The Committee that will choose the candidates will be comprised of experts from the two academies.
- The prize, consisting of €20,000, will be presented during the annual public session of the Pontifical Academies, organized by the
Pontifical Council of Culture.
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.
Sparling's paintings present Christmas themes--the dusk and dawn of new birth,
mystic stars, and trumpeting angels. 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.
Click here to see a
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
Excavation Uncovers Nazareth Home from Jesus' Time
Provides Unprecedented Window into Ancient Lifestyles
Source: Zenit (Nazareth), December 21, 2009
Excavations in Nazareth have uncovered an unprecedented discovery: the remains of a family home from Jesus' time.
A press release from the Israel Antiquities Authority announced today that this finding "is of the utmost importance since it reveals
for the very first time a house from the Jewish village of Nazareth and thereby sheds light on the way of life at the time of Jesus."
This discovery is giving archaeologists new information about the way of life in Nazareth during Jesus' time.
Yardenna Alexandre, the authority's excavation director, explained, "The building that we found is small and modest and it is most
likely typical of the dwellings in Nazareth in that period.
"From the few written sources that there are, we know that in the first century Nazareth was a small Jewish village, located inside a
valley. Until now a number of tombs from the time of Jesus were found in Nazareth; however, no settlement remains have been discovered
that are attributed to this period."
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.
The Hidden Lady
Source: Liverpool Daily Echo, January 2, 2010
Visitors to Liverpool Cathedral often marvel at the grandeur of the Well, the Nave Bridge and the spectacular views from the tower, but
there is one part of the cathedral that is sometimes overlooked--yet it is the oldest part of the building, with its own unique identity.
The Lady Chapel, which is due to celebrate its centenary in June, was the first part of the cathedral to be consecrated (on
day 1910), and all services were held there for the first fourteen years of the cathedral's life until the main part was finished and
consecrated in 1924.
It is at the east end of the building, and can be reached by a staircase from a gallery opening out of the south quire aisle. It also
has its own main entrance from outside, on the Queen's Walk which runs alongside the cathedral.
"The Lady Chapel is probably the least well-known part of the cathedral," says Val Jackson, cathedral archivist.
"However, it holds a special place in the heart of the congregation and clergy, and it is used for services that require a more
intimate feel, such as baptisms and weddings. The Lady Chapel is like a parish church attached to the main cathedral. It even has its
own organ built by Henry Willis and Sons. Visitors to the cathedral are often very taken with the style and feel of the Lady Chapel.
They comment that it is a bit of a hidden gem.
"The Lady Chapel is noted for a more elaborate style than the rest of the cathedral, reflecting the collaboration between designer,
G. F Bodley, and architect, Giles Gilbert Scott. It is also home to the fifteenth-century statue of the Virgin Mary by the Italian
sculptor, Giovanni della Robbia. Liverpool and Portsmouth Cathedrals are the only church buildings in the UK to hold examples of his
work. Those who do know the Lady Chapel also recognize its importance as an historical and social statement about the rights of women.
Its staircase and atrium house the 'Noble Women' windows, twenty-three stained glass panels commemorating women who made an important
contribution to society throughout history. They include Queen Victoria, Elizabeth Fry, Grace Darling, Catherine Gladstone, and Susanna
Wesley. Alongside these and the likes of poets Christina Rossetti and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are Josephine Butler, Agnes Jones and
Kitty Wilkinson--all social reformers with important links to Liverpool. The windows were designed by J. W Brown and installed in 1910.
Val says, "The dedication of the windows to 'noble women' was very forward
thinking. Women did not even have the vote until 1918, and the cathedral Stained
Glass Committee consisted exclusively of men. The windows reflect a strong
commitment to honoring the contribution of these women to society; and they also
include women of great significance to Liverpool."
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 the The Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success at 262-567-0920, email them at email@example.com or
visit their website, ourladyofgoodsuccess.com.
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