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April 29, 1997

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Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles
Ave Maria Grotto - A Summer Destination!
Australian Stations of the Cross

Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles

Because of our early Easter this year, May is filled with great liturgical celebrations! Next week, May 8, is the celebration of Christ's Ascension into Heaven, a holy day of obligation for American Catholics. Fra Angelic's representation is one of countless images portraying Mary among the apostles at the Ascension.

Fra Angelico
The Ascension

Atelier Saint-Gabriel 1983

On Monday, May 5, the Church also commemorates Mary's presence with the apostles in a liturgical memorial titled, Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles.

Ave Maria Grotto

A Summer Destination!

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The Marian Library recently received current information from the Benedictine Abbey, St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama. The Ave Maria Grotto consists of over 125 miniatures, reproductions of famous churches, shrines and buildings from all over the world. Encompassing as area of over three acres, this miniature fairyland was built by Brother Joseph Zoettle, O.S.B. (1878-1961), who is buried near the grotto. The admission to visitors to the abbey grounds is from early morning to dusk. Group rates are available.

For more information, contact (205) 734-4110

Australian Stations of the Cross

Station]Fourth Station
Jesus meets his mother on the way

When an Aboriginal woman wants to comfort a grown-up son in pain, she touches him with her hand. Mary holds her other hand before her eyes in horror, and the pain of it all is locked up inside her head, her spirit.

The eye in the middle of Jesus' head shows his knowledge of what is going o inside her, and the stright lines raiating out are the divine grace and human support that he is sending out to her.

The hand-touch carries the message back and forth between each of them. A recent gift to the Marian Library is the printed edition of original Australian art from Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann. Ms. Ungunmerr-Baumann is has produced a Way of the Cross and written a Meditation booklet with her paintings of the Stations.

The original art work is an actual set of stations painted in 1974-1975 for Australia's mission city at Daly River Mission in the Northern Territory. Mariam-Rose Ungunmerr was, at the time, a young local Aboriginal artist, whose talents have since become known nationwide. She is is now married and a teacher at the Daly River mission school. She is also known for her work with the Australian Department of Education through a small valuable booklet of advice to teachers. The booklet is titled, Nature of Aboriginal Children.

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