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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.

Thank you for taking time to show the three of us around the seventh floor.  What a treat to be able to see and feel the presence such a wealth of material and the obvious devotion dedicated to their study and preservation.  You made our day.

Don Z.


María Enriqueta García Gallegos, an IMRI student, sent us the information below about a recent Marian project.

We (five women) are officially the founders of the new Latino American Marian and Josephine Center.  Our names: María Enriqueta García Gallegos (President), Amalia González Morales (Secretary), Norma Araceli Camarena Suasti (Treasurer), Ma. del Carmen Cárdenas Suárez (member of the council), and Tatiana Nieto Gutiérrez (member of the council).

We ask for your prayers.  Tell your friends we are open to receive any donations to be able to function and to succeed.

For more information visit their page on Facebook.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Marian Documentary Now Available on DVD

The new dynamic Marian Documentary, Peace Through a Woman, is narrated by Martin Sheen.  It claims to show how the Mother of Jesus prophesied headlines of today sixty years ago, from a global economic crisis to conflict in Cairo and the Middle East, and presents Mary's remedy for present crises in the world.  This DVD may be ordered online for $9.95 through, or by calling (740)937-227.  For more information, including a video clip, click into

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A new film on the life of Christ in the Hindi language is set to be released in India as an initiative for the Year of Faith. Father Dominic D'Abreo, spokesman for the Indian Bishops Conference said that the film will help to communicate the Christian faith, to spread the real face of Christ and the Church to the people of India. Entitled Christayan (The Way of Christ), the six-hour-long film was produced by Father Geo George, an Indian missionary who used two-hundred non-professional actors, 80% of whom were non-Christians, and devoted seven years to making the movie.

For more information see an article from Zenit.

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Prayer of Blessed John Paul II for Radio Maria

Mary, guide us in our major decisions and give us strength in times of trial so that we may, with humble courage, follow the hidden ways of Heaven, keeping faith with God and mankind so that we can bring the joyful message of Christ, the Savior, to the hearts and minds of all.

Mary, guiding star of evangelization, be with us.  Be with Radio Maria as guide and be its 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.  CALL IN TOLL-FREE.  PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show) 1-866-333-6279.

On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Francesca Franchina and Christian Psychotherapist, Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., from West Chester, PA, discuss the aftermath and healing process of the Newtown, CT tragedy, the importance of faith in all situations, dealing with trauma and secondary trauma, triggering of other traumas, talking and listening effects on children and adults who hear conversation and view TV programs on the tragic deaths, the whys and wherefores about dealing with the effects on all of us, using Scripture--Psalms, Words of Jesus, etc.--for inner healing and generational healing as part of the inner healing of one's soul. (Romans 8:26–28)  Dr. Schoeninger is past President of the International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) and Editor of The Journal of Christian Healing.

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.

Francesca is no longer doing her Tuesday program, Through the Tummy to the Heart on Radio Maria, but all programs and recipes are still posted in the Archives on the Radio Maria website at  She will inaugurate commentary and blog on in the near future.

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 audio archive!

This week's programs:

Father François Rossier, S.M., Thursday, December 20, 2:30 PM on Advent as the Season of Mary's Faith II

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Friday, December 21, 2:30 PM on Marian Hymns

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Three Masses of Christmas by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Our feast of Christmas came from a pagan observance which was Christianized.  It is a pagan festival revisited.  The first mention of the celebration of the Lord's nativity in a liturgical calendar appears in the fourth century.  This was the baptism of the pagan festival of the invincible sun (sol invictus), an observance introduced in 274 by the Emperor Aurelius (270-275), and celebrated in Rome on December 25, the winter solstice.  The "Sun of Justice" (Mal 3:20) came as "the light of the world" (Jn 8:12) to vanquish darkness and to triumph over sin and death.

As the Christianization of the winter solstice, observed in Egypt and in Arabia on January 6, developed into the feast of the Epiphany, it became a major feast of the East.  To counteract certain pagan myths, Epiphany, which means "showing forth" or "manifestation," placed emphasis on the baptism of Jesus and His mission, and on the revelation of His glory at Cana.  Gradually the feast of Epiphany spread to the entire West in the fourth century, and the East adopted the feast of Christmas about the same time.

In the fourth century the celebration of Christmas at Rome was a rather ordinary Mass celebrated by the pope.  This Mass was similar to our present Mass at Dawn, and proclaimed the prologue of John's Gospel.  To refute and oppose the Arian heresy rampant at that time, the Mass affirmed and celebrated the Word made flesh.  This Christmas Mass was clearly Christological and dogmatic in character, and in 360 it mentioned the adoration of the Magi and the massacre of the innocent children of Bethlehem.

At Bethlehem a night Mass was celebrated for Epiphany in the grotto of the Lord's birth.  Beginning in the fifth century a night Mass was celebrated in Rome also, but it was the Mass of Christmas and not that of Epiphany.  The pope celebrated the night Mass at the Church of St. Mary Major, built after the Council of Ephesus.  Wood from a crèche was displayed in one of the basilica's chapels, and the Mass celebrated there became known as the Mass ad praesepe, that is, near the crèche.  Since the account of Jesus' birth at Bethlehem was read from the Gospel of Luke, the theme of this celebration was historical.

The Greek (Byzantine) colony in Rome celebrated December 25, too.  They assembled at the Church of St. Anastasia (Holy Resurrection).  To respect the Byzantines, the pope celebrated Mass with them in the morning before going to St. Peter's Basilica.  In that Mass, the Gospel reading was the announcement of the good news to the shepherds found in Luke's Gospel.

This is how the three Masses of Christmas originated.  The pope and the faithful celebrated Mass at night at St. Mary Major, at dawn at St. Anastasia, and during the day at St. Peter.

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Current Exhibit

At the Manger 2012

Click here for information, about Peace on Earth, the exhibit of nativity scenes being held in the Roesch Library Gallery and elsewhere through January 27, 2013.  Click here for more details.

From Nov. 19, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013 the Marian Collection of Father Joseph J. Schuck, Mary - A Labor of Love will also be on display in the Marian Library Gallery.

We have a permanent crèche exhibit and a dedicated online giving page specifically for those who wish to support The Marian Library crèche collections.  There is also a general page to give to all areas of ML/IMRI and Roesch 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 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 Fall 2012 semester concluded on November 9, 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 for Spring 2013.

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In keeping with the season, we suggest O' Antiphons, and Christmas Poems.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French). The latest updates were Sierra Leone, Tokelau, Zaire, and Zambia.

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 have posted information about our upcoming symposium, Our Faith and Mary.  We have also updated Novenas and Litanies.

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Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) Celebration

Title: Winter Solstice Sunrise Celebration

Date: Thursday, December 20 from 6:30-8:00 am

Location: Marianist Center Family Room; Mount Saint John; Dayton, Ohio

Observe the longest night of the year with prayers for world peace and a reflective candlelight procession through the woods of Mount Saint John.  A bonfire in the prairie at sunrise will welcome Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  Hot beverages and a light breakfast will be provided.

For more information, directions, and a map of Mount Saint John and the Marianist Center, visit the MEEC website and select "visitor information."

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Cardinal Ouellet's Homily at Closing Mass of the International Congress on Ecclesia in America
"May the Baptized of America Thus Become Missionary Disciples in the Power of the Spirit."
Source: Zenit (Rome) December 14, 2012

"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  And why is this granted me, that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?"

Dear Friends,
The day that Mary of Nazareth received the announcement of the angel, Gabriel, and consented to her divine maternity, the history of the world turned to the abyss of divine grace, while it continued to unfold as a daily series of small and great events.

The Gospel tells us that Mary went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who, as she knew by revelation, was expecting a son.  From the first moment of their meeting, the Holy Spirit filled the Mothers and babes with joy.  Elizabeth exclaimed, "Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord!"  Mary responded with her canticle of thanksgiving which has become the daily canticle of faith of the Church: "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden." ...

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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.

A Miraculous Birth Is Celebrated
Source: Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH), December 8, 2012

Whether He's created with stained glass, car parts, a revolving display, or even cardboard, the star of the show is still the same, the baby Jesus. The University of Dayton's Marian Library has one of the largest collections of international nativities in the United States.

"Every year we have about forty volunteers who actually create the sets, so we are able to display some news ones each year," said Dr. Gloria Dodd, a lecturer and researcher at U.D.  "We have somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 Nativity sets, so we rotate them for exhibits." ...

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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