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The Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.


We have received a number of emails from readers commending our website, The Mary Page. Thank you all for your encouragement and support. The following comments are typical examples:

Thank you for your amazing website.  There are dozens of really useful articles about growing plants for Mary.
Dmitry P.

Alumni Update

Michael Duricy, webmaster of The Mary Page, has a number of media-related projects scheduled for the near future.  He plans to speak about Mary in Film on April 23 at Saint Mary's Church. (located at 2853 Erie Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio). For more information call 513-321-1207 or visit the parish website. He is also scheduled to teach Mary in the Media at the International Marian Research Institute from June 14-18.  He is slated to contribute a major entry on Mary (in Film) for the 2011 Supplement to the New Catholic Encyclopedia.  A printed version based on his presentation [made with Dr. Catherine O'Brien] at MSA 2009, should be published soon in Marian Studies.  Nearest on the horizon will be a talk in Walton, New York on 4/10 (see below).

A Day With Mary
First Congregational Church, UCC
Walton, New York

On April 10, 2010, the fourth annual inter-generational day of prayer and reflection for mothers and daughters will be held at 4 Mead Street in Walton, NY 13856. The event will be ecumenical; and all churches in the lower Catskills region are invited. This year the theme will be "Art as Prayer." Local poet and actor, Betty Aberlin, will speak, and missionary and musician, Maria Newell, will also describe her ministry in music. Michael P. Duricy, MA, STL, Information and Multimedia Coordinator at ML/IMRI in Dayton, Ohio, will show excerpts from contemporary films that have reference to the mother of Christ.

The day will begin with a country breakfast at 9 am, and conclude at 3 pm. All are invited. Call the church for more information at 607-865-4066. This program was initially sponsored by ESBVM and is now hosted by Rev. Jennifer Matison, pastor of the Walton church.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Reported Marian Apparition on YouTube

The April 10, 2010 issue of the Newsletter for The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States of America tells of a remarkable apparition event alleged to have occurred in Cairo, Egypt.

According to observers, the full silhouette of the Holy Virgin Mary dressed in a light blue gown could be clearly seen over the domes of the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in El-Warraq in December 2009. The bright figure appeared over the domes of the church between the church's crosses. Warraq el-hadar is a poor district of greater Cairo, located on a small island in the Nile river. More than two-hundred thousand people appear to have witnessed these events, including many who saw lights from many miles away, and some who recorded them with mobile phones and posted the videos on YouTube. For more information, and to view video clips, click into

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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.

The broadcast may also be heard on-line at  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 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.

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 William 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, April 1, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Eucharist

Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., Friday, April 2, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Paschal Triduum

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Easter Vigil Proclaims the Light of Christ (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Knowing more about the Easter Vigil helps us to understand it, appreciate it, and live the Paschal Mystery on a deeper level.


From the outset, the Easter Vigil, originally and more appropriately called the Paschal Vigil, has been celebrated at night. In the beginning it was a very plain ceremony–-an assembly that ended with the breaking of the bread and an agape. One or more days of fasting preceded the Easter Vigil.

Later, as the Easter vigil developed in Rome and in places where the Roman rite was followed, this tradition added a baptismal rite, the ceremony of the lucernarium, blessing of the new fire, and a candlelight procession.

As it developed the Easter Vigil became more and more meaningful and focused. From the very first, the celebration took place at night like the weekly Eucharist, because most of the faithful could not assemble during the day. The evangelists already situated the discovery of the empty tomb "as the first day of the week was dawning," (Mt 28:1) "very early" (Mk 16:2; Jn 20:1), "at dawn." (Lk 24:1) The meaning is that Jesus is the "light of the world" that came into the world as a "revelation to the Gentiles." (Lk 2:32)

Significance of the ceremony

In baptism the believer passes from death to life (Col 2:12). Ritually, and really, the neophyte, the newly-baptized person, is plunged with Christ into death so as to come to new life with the one who "was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father." (Rom 6:4) For this reason baptism is called 'illumination' (in Biblical Greek, photismos) and the baptized, 'illuminated'. Light is the dominant theme. In our day, thanks to electricity, we can have as much light as we want whenever we want it. This was not the case in the past, when lighting the lamps in the evening was a rite. This was generally a happy occasion, when many lamps were lit as for a banquet at the beginning of the Sabbath on a Friday evening. Christians understood that this light which drives away the darkness is a symbol of the Christ-light.

The procession led by the Paschal Candle represents the journey of God's people, no longer led by a bright cloud, but by the glorious light that shines on every person coming into the world. (Jn 1:9) This rite is most solemn in the context of the great night illuminated by the resurrected Christ. This is eloquently explained in the solemn proclamation of the Lord's resurrection that we now call the Exsultet.

Because all lights were extinguished on Holy Thursday evening, it is necessary to light a new flame in order to celebrate a liturgy at night. And so the ritual developed: the blessing of a new fire and the procession into the church led by the Paschal Candle as the celebrant intoned "Light of Christ!" and the faithful responded "Thanks be to God!"

Recession, then development

Over the centuries this celebration underwent some problems and waned in significance. As late as the thirteenth century the liturgy was still not entirely structured. Since the seventh century there had been a general decline, and this event was celebrated early in the day on Holy Saturday. When Pope St. Pius V reformed the Missal in the sixteenth century following the Council of Trent, he forbade the celebration of the Eucharist after mid-day. Consequently, on Holy Saturday morning in churches brightened with sunlight and a barely perceptible flame on the Easter Candle, the celebrant sang, "O night truly blessed!" In addition, very few people were able to attend this long liturgy on Holy Saturday morning. This added to its diminished appreciation.

The Biblical, patristic, theological, and liturgical renewal that began to swell in the 1920s indicated the unacceptability of this condition and the impoverishment of the Easter celebration. In 1951 Pope Pius XII authorized the celebration of the Easter vigil during the evening hours of Holy Saturday, and revised the rites to foster greater congregational participation. Then in 1955 he decreed that the Easter Vigil must take place at night. In our day we follow the Missal of Pope Paul VI promulgated in 1969 following the Second Vatican Council.

Today the Easter vigil has four parts: 1) the blessing of the fire, procession of the Easter Candle, and the chanting of the Exsultet; 2) the Liturgy of the Word; 3) the baptismal liturgy, which includes at least the blessing of the water and the renewal of baptismal vows; 4) culminates in the Eucharistic liturgy.

This solemn celebration of the Lord's resurrection is the zenith of the liturgical year, "the solemnity of solemnities."

The challenge

While the spoken word is very important in the liturgy, we are called to be more alert to the symbolism, both in things and in actions. We are asked to approach with a receptive attitude, ready to be engaged in a way that appeals both to the mind and to the heart, to one's whole being. We are invited to look attentively on the realities present in signs that cannot be fully captured in words. This is how we are called to participate fully in the Easter Vigil.

The Easter Vigil invites us to action--to go forth and reflect the light of the resurrected Christ to the world around us.

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Last Chance to See Current Exhibit!

And Mary Alit in Postmodernity--Small Marian Sculptures, by Melanie Weaver, MFA, Professor of Art at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, will be on display from February 1 - April 9, 2010 in The Marian Library.  Click here for virtual exhibit.

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.

N.B. Prints and postcards related to the Exhibit of Polish Madonnas by Wislawa Kwiatkowska are no longer available for purchase at The Marian Library.

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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 the Spring 2010 semester concluded on March 19, 2010!

The Pontifical Academic Program leading to STL and STD in theology with a specialization in Marian Studies offers courses in three year-round sessions (summer, fall, and spring). See course offerings:

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In keeping with the season, we recommend Spanish Marian Poetry for Holy Week.

We have posted information about this year's Summer Symposium, Mary in the Consecrated Life, in Dayton, Ohio, about the Spring meeting of the US branch of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM USA) in Vienna, Virginia on May 1, 2010 [directions and info], as well as the program and registration form for this year's annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America (MSA) to be held from May 18-21, 2010 in Huntington, New York.

We have updated our FAQ on Medjugorje, as well as our Korean language section with News (through 3/29/2010) and Marian Commemorations for April.  We have also revised and expanded our material in Spanish.  We have created new sections with material in Chinese and in German and plan to expand them as time goes by.  Feel free to review them now and give us your feedback!

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Families Urged to Follow Mary's Example
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), March 24, 2010

Noting Thursday's feast of the Annunciation, Benedict XVI encouraged young married couples to follow Mary's example in founding families on love and Christian values.

The Pope said this today at the end of the general audience during his customary greeting to youth, the sick and newlyweds.

"May the Solemnity of the Annunciation, which we celebrate tomorrow, be for all an invitation to follow the example of Mary Most Holy," he said.

"For you, dear young people, may it translate into prompt availability to the call of the Father, so that you can be evangelical leaven in our society," the Holy Father said....

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.

Madonna Chapel: Fostering the Dignity of Motherhood
Source: Canticle Magazine January/February 2010

During this season of Joy, when we celebrate the motherhood of Mary, we reflect on her highest title, Mother of God. To honor Mary as Theotokos (cf. CCC #495), our family family to a Madonna Chapel, dedicated to the Nursing Madonna, located at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan, Illinois. The chapel was created by Father Timothy Sauppé, STL, [STD candidate at The International Marian Research Institute]....

Click here to read the full text of the article [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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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 April 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 April.

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Marian Events

Celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus

Title: Sainte Russie: Russian Art from the Origins to Pierre le Grand, Christian Russia from the Ninth to Eighteenth Century

Date: March 5-May 24, 2010

Location: Musée de Louvre (Paris, France)

An exceptional exhibition which shows Orthodox sacred art and links between Byzance and the medieval occident. There are many icons [e.g. Mary as Protectress), but also mosaics, embroideries, and liturgical art. The exhibition was organized because it is a year of cultural relations linking Russia and France

For more information click here.  Our thanks to Dr. Nastia Korbon for informing us of this exhibit.

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