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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
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.
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 zeitun-eg.org/warraq.htm.
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.
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.
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 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 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
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."
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.
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
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:
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
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!
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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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
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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