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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our institute and its website, The Mary Page.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following is a typical example.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, and thanking you sincerely for such a beauty!



IMRI student, Chris Padgett, sent us an update of his recent activities, which is excerpted below.

So much to be thankful for! I pray you are having an amazing Advent, and are excited about Christmas. Here is a brief update. Please read on if you can.

Carson Weber has done a major overhaul on my website.  Would you please check it out?  I'd love for you to sign the guestbook and sign up for the newsletter and special offers.  I promise I won't bombard you with junk.

Our ninth baby is named Ella and she is three months old!  We are absolutely amazed by her.  She is being spoiled rotten by all of her siblings.

Our oldest child, Hannah, has returned from Austria and her world travels.  Four months in Europe and she had a blast.  Upon her return she ended up getting mugged at gunpoint.  Insane!  Thanks be to God, she and her friend were spared and are okay.  We are praying for justice and healing.

I have a couple books in the works.  One with The Word Among Us and a couple that hopefully will be underway with Servant in the near future.  Keep that in your prayers please.

Tons of my music are being produced at this time.  With my one project centering on Divine Mercy we need some serious prayers.  For some reason there is a hold up in the publishing arena.

The travel schedule for 2012 is underway.  If you know of some places that might be great for me to minister, please let me know who they are, or spread my info.  Linda and I have been doing more talks together, some on chastity for teens, and others centering on Marriage.  We are loving it!

This year I had the joy of being in New Zeeland, Canada, and Malaysia.  This year I am going to ... Ohio for sure.

I am teaching a couple classes at Franciscan University this semester: Christian Marriage, and Christian Moral Principles.  Pray for the students.

Merry Christmas
Chris and Linda Padgett

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Ave Maria on YouTube

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M. informed us about this video and suggested viewing it to celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, on January 1, 2012.

Suggested Video

The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky is decked-out for Christmas now, its gardens awash in more than sixty thousand lights.  The museum's state-of-the-art planetarium will offer a special presentation, The Christmas Star, providing insight into the mysterious star that heralded Christ's birth when it appeared in the East and then guided the wise men to Bethlehem.  Click here to view the promotional video for the museum's Christmas Town exhibit.

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Prayer composed by the late Pope John Paul II for Radio Maria

Dear Mary, guide us in our major decisions and give us strength and courage to follow the secret inroads of the airways, keeping faith in God and mankind, so that we may bring the joyful message of Christ, the Savior, to the hearts and minds of all.  Mary, guiding star of the new evangelization, be with us.  Be with Radio Maria as its guide and protector.

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, December 28, 2011, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Jack Davis about Mary and the Incarnation, focusing on the Blessed Mother's personal preparation, what she did to prepare for the birth of the Messiah in her personal devotion and interaction with the Word in her womb, as written in The Mystical City of God, the autobiographical volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother to Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda, Spain (Imprimatur 1902/1949).  This is Part III of a three-part series on the Incarnation of our Messiah, Jesus Christ.  For your perusal: The three programs in this series [originally broadcast during Advent 2008] will cover Incarnation Volume II pp. 146-392 in The Mystical City of God.

Francesca and Friends with Francesca Franchina, National OSIA Trustee, is now being broadcast throughout the New York City metropolitan area at 11 pm on Friday nights on WSNR 620 AM, as well as on other local  Radio Maria USA frequencies,  and streaming on  This is the replay of the program originating on the preceding Wednesday at noon EST.  Give a listen every Friday at 11 PM; Mondays at 8:30 PM and LIVE on Wednesdays at noon EST.

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, December 27, Francesca Franchina, discusses Christmas with Tajci, a vocal artist, mother, and playwright, about her life before she came to the USA and her life now as a Christian, wife, mother and celebrity.  Francesca and Tajci compare Christmas traditions, customs and holiday foods including the traditional Christmas Eve Baccala Stew. [Original Air Date: 12-21-2010]

This week's program and all Francesca's programs are archived on-line.

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 Bertrand Buby, François Rossier, Johann Roten, and Thomas Thompson of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Michael Duricy, Jean Frisk, and others 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 one of the two sites of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the 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 schedule of future programs planned to date.  Click here for the new audio archive!

This week's programs:

Vincenzina Krymow, Thursday, December 29, 2:30 PM on Christmas Legends

Cecilia Mushenheim, Friday, December 30, 2:30 PM on Mary, Mother of God

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Christmas Greetings for 2011 by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

May you be blessed with the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of love at Christmas and always.

You and your intentions are remembered in my Christmas Novena of Masses and prayer.

I can no longer send handwritten greetings, and mailed greetings would be late since I've piled up too much work.  But I do want to offer my best wishes for a wonderful Christmas Season and New Year.

May you and all dear to you experience always the gift of God's love for us.

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Current Exhibits

At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions

You are invited to the Roesch and Marian Libraries!  Enjoy an all new selection of world Nativities in three featured exhibitions from November 26, 2011 - January 29, 2012.  Click here for details including a video.

We are also currently exhibiting A Southern Charm: Santos, Bultos, and Nichos in The Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.

We also have a permanent crèche exhibit and a dedicated online giving page specifically for those who wish to support The Marian Library crèche collections.

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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 Mariology section 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 originated east of Milan, Italy in 1983, and is now heard in fifty-four countries.  The main USA station is in Alexandria, Louisiana with affiliate stations across the USA [including FM 88.7, WHJM,  in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) and AM 1600, WULM, in Springfield/Dayton, Ohio.  All USA Radio Maria stations regularly air live Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm EST and on Thursday and Friday from 2:30-3:00 pm EST, as well as local programming originating from many other affiliated Radio Maria stations in the USA.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Spring 2012 semester will commence on February 6, 2012.

The Pontifical Academic Program leading to STL and STD in theology with a specialization in Marian Studies offers courses in three year-round sessions.  See our course offerings through Summer 2012.

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In keeping with the season, we suggest Christmas Poems.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French).  The latest updates were: Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Poland; and Portugal.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have revised and expanded our material in Chinese.  This is a work in progress, so expect more content soon.  Feel free to let us know what you think of this section.

We also posted the schedule for PAMI's International Mariological-Marian Congress, to be held in Rome next September.

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Celebrating a First-Century Christmas

Title: Christmas Town

Date: December 9-10, 16-17, 26-27, and 30-31, 2011

Location: Creation Museum; 2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd., Petersburg, KY 41080 (seven miles west of the Cincinnati Airport)

Christmas Town is a special, free presentation by Answers in Genesis’ (AiG) Creation Museum.  Last year, more than twenty-two thousand people from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region visited Christmas Town in the eight days that it was open to the public.

Christmas Town will feature a replica Bethlehem village and a live nativity that will showcase the incredible drama of the Savior's birth. Other dramatic presentations will bring Gospel events to life from the perspective of John the Baptist's mother Elizabeth, the wise men, and a temple guard.  There is even a first-century marketplace for purchasing last-minute Christmas gifts.

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Traditional Proclamation of Christ's Birth
Today Is the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) December 25, 2011

Benedict XVI has restored the tradition of proclaiming the birth of Christ with the chanting of the Kalenda. The chant culminated the prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Eve, which was accompanied by the unveiling of the life-size Nativity Scene.

Here is an English translation of the proclamation, provided by the U.S. bishops:


Today, the twenty-fifth day of December, unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth and then formed man and woman in his own image, several thousand years after the flood, when God made the rainbow shine forth as a sign of the covenant...

Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, and nine months having passed since his conception, was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary.  Today is the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

Click here to read 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.

'Fashion Icon': The Virgin Mary's 700-Year-Old Wardrobe On Display At Exhibition In France
Source: The Huffington Post (, December 12, 2011

Fashion Icon, an exhibit on display at Lyon's Fabric Museum (Musée des Tissus) features elaborate dresses made for the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus from the twelfth to the nineteenth century.  The exhibit explores how clothes, full of intricate religious symbolism, were designed to adorn their statues, sometimes even becoming objects of adoration themselves.

For hundreds of years, rare and expensive fabrics were used to clothe the Virgin Mary, and on special occasions, men and women would commission tailors to cut dresses for the Virgin Mary from their own precious or memorable clothes.  It was a fairly common practice for brides to donate their wedding dresses to make dresses for the Virgin Mary.  In a quote reported by the AFP, Maximilien Durand, director of the Lyon fabric museum said, "They [Virgin Mary statues] were dressed like real women, like fashion icons, with real hair, wigs, even make-up."

While the Virgin Mary is popularly depicted in robes of blue, white and red, symbolic of heavenly grace, purity and humility, the exhibit also features dresses in vibrant hues of green and purple, worn in accordance with the Catholic liturgical calendar.  The exhibit, that will run until March 25, 2012, also features dresses designed by haute couture French designers Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Franck Sorbier.

Click here for the complete article.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of December 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 December.

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Prayer Corner

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 submit prayer requests directly or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!

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The Mary Page website is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's in the news.

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