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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:

I want to thank you for having this website. We are going to have a May Crowning this afternoon but could not find the music to Bring Flowers of the Rarest. Thank God for your website! I shall keep you in my prayers during the devotion. May the Blessed Mother keep you close to her heart and that of her Son.

Sister Rosemarie

God is good!!! His Mother isn't too bad either. With her intercession I stumbled upon this awesome resource while planning our home-school co-op May Crowning on Friday. I have never seen the sheet music for Bring Flowers of the Rarest and was bewildered as to how I was going to play it on the piano much less teach it to the girls. Thank you SO MUCH and may you have a blest week.


Alumni Update

Sister Celia Chua, MIC, has informed us about her schedule of travel and activities: "I am traveling to Nagasaki, then to Kuala Lumpur for a Marian Conference organized by the Legion of Mary on May 15-16. By May 19, I should be back to China again." Her talk will address Mary's spirituality and the challenges faced by her as she took her role as Mother of God. She is also coordinating a team which supplies us with material in Chinese for The Mary Page.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Alternate Ave Maria Lyrics

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

Few realize that the final two minutes of the closing Ave Maria sequence in Walt Disney's Fantasia have new lyrics to Schubert's Ave Maria. Here they are.

Ave Maria! Heaven's Bride.
The bells ring out in solemn praise,
for you, the anguish and the pride.
The living glory of our nights,
of our nights and days.
The prince of peace your arms embrace,
while hosts of darkness fade and cower.
Oh save us, mother full of grace,
In life and in our dying hour,
Ave Maria!

[cf. Ave Maria an interpretation from Walt Disney's "Fantasia" inspired by the music of Franz Schubert lyrics by Rachel Field (1940). The Marian Library holds a copy of this text as well as a copy of the Disney film on VHS videotape.]

Also, Celine Dion's sixth album, These are Special Times, has these alternate lyrics to same.

Ave Maria
Maiden Mild
Oh listen to a maiden's prayer
For thou canst hear amidst the wild
Tis thou, Tis thou canst save amid despair
We slumber safely 'til the morrow
Though we've by man outcast
Oh, maiden see a maiden's sorrow
Oh, Mother hear a suppliant child
Ave Maria

Ave Maria
gratia plena
Maria gratia plena
Maria gratia plena
Ave Ave dominus
Dominus tecum

The murky cavern's air so heavy
Shall breathe of balm if thou hast smiled
Oh maiden hear a maiden pleading
Oh Mother hear a suppliant child
Ave Maria
Ave Maria

N.B. By happy coincidence, Judith Lungen recently informed us of another set of alternate lyrics in English to the Ave Maria, "written by Israeli singer, Achinoam Nini. She was invited to perform at the Vatican in 2000 by Pope John Paul II."

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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 12:00 - 1:00 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, May 19, Francesca Franchina and Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA, talk with Radio Maria program hosts, Marsha Morthland (TX), Andrew Cole (Kentucky), Father Ed Wade (North Carolina), Elizabeth Pringle (Texas), Mark Miravalle (Pennsylvania), and Linda Shubert (California). Mary reports on Radio Maria Programming around the world and the opportunity of two new stations in the USA that are planned to be up and running by June 1, 2010. 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  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 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, May 18, at 5:00 PM, Mamma Francesca Franchina talks with Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA regarding worldwide news about Radio Maria, what is happening in Italian family kitchens around the world, Mamma Francesca's television gig in children's programming and increased interest in the Blessed Mother's apparitions, during Radio Mariathon Spring 2010. Mamma Francesca promises surprises from her Italian Kitchen! Tune in for her easy delicious Lasagne Rollatine recipe and for chances to receive a series of recipes shared on the T5H program. Call 1-866-333-6279 to participate and share your favorite Italian recipe and cooking story.

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:

Michael P. Duricy, S.T.L., Thursday, May 20, 2:30 PM on Mary in Film I

Michael P. Duricy, S.T.L., Friday, May 21, 2:30 PM on Mary in Film II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

More on Chaminade (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

May 14, 1785, was the feast of Pentecost and the day Blessed William Joseph Chaminade was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-four. This year we mark the 225th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Blessed William Joseph, inspire and intercede for all our ordained Marianists!

A thought for the month of May from Blessed William Joseph Chaminade:

The secret of success in any work, whether it be for one's own perfection or for the support of religion and the propagation of the faith, is to interest the Blessed Virgin in it, to refer all the glory of it to her in accordance with the views and sentiments of our Lord Jesus Christ.

from Our Knowledge of Mary William Joseph Chaminade

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New Exhibit!

Form Seeking Expression--Marian Artistic Creations, by Christina Saj, will be on display from April 19 - June 18, 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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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 Summer 2010 semester will commence on June 7, 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 May Poetry and Coronation of Mary.

We have posted information about this year's Summer Symposium, Mary in the Consecrated Life, in Dayton, Ohio, and 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 News in our Korean language section through May 14, 2010.  We have also revised and expanded our material in German.  This is a work in progress, so expect more content soon.  Feel free to let us know what you think of this new section.

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Pope Calls for Person-Centered Health Care
Catholic Medical Professionals Gather in Lourdes
Source: Zenit (Lourdes, France), May 10, 2010

Benedict XVI is calling for a type of health care reform that brings medical professionals to lovingly focus on patients as persons in all their integrity. The Pope made this recommendation in a message to the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, which concluded its four-day twenty-third World Congress on Sunday....

Our Lady's Presence

The president of the federation, José María Simón Castellví, told ZENIT that this year's congress was particularly marked by the spiritual elements linked to the shrine at Lourdes.

The scientific program was divided into four sessions dedicated to God the Creator, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier, and a last pro-life session dedicated to the Virgin Mary....

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.

Sheshan Shrine Readies for World Expo Visitors
Source: UCA News (Shanghai, China) April 29, 2010

The popular Sheshan Marian shrine in Shanghai is preparing to handle a large influx of visitors as the month of Mary coincides with the start of the six-month-long Shanghai World Expo. The international fair starts on May 1, the beginning of the busiest month for the Marian shrine that is located on a hill in Shanghai.

Shrine authorities say they have already received bookings from more than one thousand pilgrims for May 1, mostly from people from neighboring provinces. Father Francis Li Fangyuan, pastor of Sheshan, said the shrine will increase its number of volunteers to one hundred to help receive pilgrims and maintain order.

"We will only know by May" how many security guards and plainclothes police are to be stationed on the hill, he said.

As in past years, police will restrict vehicles from entering Sheshan Ring Road that goes around the foot of the hill from April 30 to May 31.

In May 2008, local sources estimated one thousand plainclothes and uniformed police personnel were stationed on the hill as the Pope's mention of the site had sparked government worries that it could be swamped by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. The shrine was mentioned by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2007 letter to Chinese Catholics where he also set May 24, feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, as the 'World Prayer Day for the Church in China'.

Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Xing Wenzhi of Shanghai is scheduled to celebrate an opening Mass for the Marian month on April 30 at the Church of Our Lady, Help of Christians, located at the mid-level of the hill. The opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo will also take place that day.

On May 1, the shrine's Marian statue will be carried in procession, after which, Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian of Shanghai is to celebrate Mass. Reports say about seventy million local people and foreigners are expected to visit the Shanghai World Expo. A hundred and ninety-two countries and fifty international organizations are taking part in the exhibition.

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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 May 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 May.

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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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