Mary Page News

September 1, 1998

Mary Page is a link to a variety of information. The items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the myriad ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.

Electronic News
Marian Music Archive
Mary's Birthday -- Liturgical Celebration
National Marian Shrine in La Vang, Vietnam
In the Light of Fatima Towards the Third Millennium

Electronic News

Mary Page has been asked several times over the summer whether we "deliver" or "forward" our news page to you electronically. As of now, we do not. However, we are pleased if you add us to your bookmarks and if you check our main page sidebar periodically. News announces new items and items of Marian interest, but the sidebar also highlights features. Both news and sidebar keep you informed about what's current on Mary Page.

Marian Music Archive

Mary Page has established a new section under resources entitled Marian Music Archive. The archive draws together the Marian music articles published on our site till now, and it introduces Marian music in various forms. One subsection is a Lexicon of Marian Art Music, which contains lists and tables of the major antiphons, their musical forms, and their composers. Another section speaks about the history of antiphons.

Our latest feature gives the Marian hymn titles in 25 current hymnals. The hymns are cross- referenced according to category of music and season. A large selection of hymn texts is also provided.

Mary Page invites you to submit published Marian music to The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio for it's collection. Mary Page will also continue to add good Marian pieces to the music archive. You will find the new feature under:

Marian Music Archive

Mary's Birthday Liturgical Celebration September 8th

September celebrates Mary liturgically by recalling her birthday. To read more on the traditions and significance of Mary's birthday refer to former Mary page features:

National Marian Shrine in La Vang, Vietnam

The August 19th issue of L'Osservatore Romano (English ) announces special celebrations in honor of the 200th anniversary of the existence of a Marian pilgrimage center. The Holy Father wrote a letter in honor of the anniversary. The story of Our Lady of La Vang is also found in the issue.

The national shrine is located in the government territory of Hai Lang, ca 60 kilometers north of Hue and belongs to the archdiocese of Hue. At the beginning of the 17th century, the Jesuits brought the Catholic faith to the region. In 1658 French missionaries began the systematic evangelization of Vietnam. When King Cauh Thinh (Tay Son Dynasty) made Phu Xoan the capital city, Christianity was banned.

In order to avoid persecution and imprisonment, Christian refugees fled to Quang Tri in the forests, where there was no water and the threat of wild animals. Sick and in danger, the faithful prayed day and night to the Blessed Mother for her protection. The Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to them several times to give them consolation. She gave them the advice to collect tree bark to heal their illnesses.

The place probably received its name from the trees with the healing bark of that mountainous place. The word for a cry for help is also "La-vang" From that time on, Vietnamese pilgrims entrust their petitions to the Blessed Mother.

In 1886, Bishop Jasper of Hue proclaimed the place to an official place of pilgrimage due to the large numbers of pilgrims who traveled there yearly. On August 6, 1901 a new church was build. Since then there have been regular national Marian congresses held at La Vang. In 1961, Pope John XXIII gave the church the status of a basilica and the La Vang Marian Center became a national shrine. In 1996 alone, 70,000 youths gathered there from August 13-15 for the 24th national congress.

In the Light of Fatima Towards the Third Millennium

Emilia Paola Pacelli writes an extensive article in the August 19th L'Osservatore Romano (English) about the significance of Fatima for Pope Pius XII. The article points out Pope Pius XII's deep devotion to Our Lady and recalls the features of his pontificate. In the words of the article, he is "the Pope of the Dogma of the Assumption, of the Queenship of Mary, of the Consecration of the human race and of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Pope of the Holy Year and the Marian Year..."

Now forty years after the death of Pius XII, his memory is one of "Father, Teacher and Friend of our time, close to us through the Communion of the Saints". He had placed his pontificate under Our Lady's protection. Mary's presence and the Fatima happenings were deeply engraved in his heart. He is perhaps most remembered for his great encyclical on the Mystical Body of Christ, a document that is said to have prepared the way the for events to come at the Second Vatican Council.

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