Mary Page News

August 3, 1999

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Our Lady of the Snows – August 5
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Russian Icon of "Virgin of Vladimir" Returns to Church
Quiet, Peaceful Moment of Prayer
A ParishWeek with Mary
Why think of Mary on Saturdays?
ZENIT: We Recommend!
We Receive Helpful Emails
Blessed Be Her Glorious Assumption
I Asked God
Mariapoch – 1999 Pilgrimage Schedule

Our Lady of the Snows – August 5

August 5th is the liturgical commemoration in the Roman Catholic Church, which honors Mary under the title of Our Lady of Snows. The title corresponds with an ancient story that tells of snow falling on August 5th in the city of Rome. The church built on the spot is known as St. Mary Major, the most prominent church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The church is the home of many treasures, among them is the ancient icon known as Salus Populi Romani

To learn more about the icon see: Salus Populi Romani – Protectress of the Roman People. Here in the United States, the Oblate Fathers established a National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows in Belleville, Illinois in 1958. The desire to relate to the ancient tradition of the first Marian shrine of the Roman church had a part to play in selecting the name. The image is not the same, but the link nevertheless remains.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Check our Mary Page resources for the teachings on and celebration of Mary's Assumption into heaven:

Russian Icon of "Virgin of Vladimir" Returns to Church

The ZENIT news service reported the following:

MOSCOW, JUL 26 (ZENIT).- The "Virgin of Vladimir," the most famous and venerated icon in the whole of Russia, will be moved from the Tretiakovskaya Gallery in Moscow, where it has hung since 1918, to a Church. After eight years of struggle following the collapse of Communism, ownership of the icon is passing from the government to the Orthodox Church, which lost it during the Russian Revolution. For security and conservation reasons, the precious icon will not be returned to the Dormition Cathedral, but will be placed on display in the Church of St. Nicholas. ZE99072607

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Quiet, Peaceful Moment of Prayer

Mary Page recommends to you a prayerful, peaceful website from Ireland called, Clann Dé. Clann D&eactue; pronounced as: "clann jay" is an Irish phrase which translates as: " the children of God". The site still under construction has reflection as its purpose. Besides a meditation on Jesus Christ, you will find there also a meditation on Mary, the Mystical Rose.

You will reach the site at

A Parish Week with Mary

Once upon a time, sometime in 1998, a parish decided to conduct a special week to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. The planners of the week turned to Mary Page for ideas and resource material. We were given permission to publish the list of the week's events. You might want to propose something similar for your parish to honor Mary:

The entire week developed beautifully with the help of the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Mother smiling on us!

We were on for May 10 thru 16th, with a really great program.

MONDAY: luncheon for 100, including members from 7 parishes, focus on the rosary. Our pastor blessed us with introductory remarks. Our party favor for each guest at each place setting was a tiny "praying hands" pin with the poem:


Strong hands for working...
Feeding hands to nourish...


Healing hands to nurture...
Teaching hands for future...


Grant me the gentle hands of Mary...
In Jesus name. Amen

At that meeting we opened our MARY GALLERY of artifacts from peoples' personal collections to share. We had some 50 year old statuary, a "first Mary" given to a grandma from grandson, among others, a small bronze from Ireland etc. It was a delightful presentation. Since we have no religous goods store in the area, we also had rosaries and such items on display.

TUESDAY: We had a mass with a quest retreat master who spoke of Mary.
WEDNESDAY: We held a sung rosary, each offering a rose.
THURSDAY: Aa garden designer showed us how to plant and nurture Mary Gardens. We did the "Mary and Flower" part of it ourselves. [There are great resources for this on the Mary Gardens Internet site!]
FRIDAY: We had a presentation on Our Lady of Guadalupe by a priest ordained in Mexico who discussed the apparition and its effect on Mexico and Catholic devotion in Mexico at this time. [Our Lady of Guadalupe is patroness of the Americas.]
SATURDAY: We had a presentation on Mother Teresa, as someone devoted to Mary and spending her life in her service. [Many organizations devoted to Mary could be involved in presentations here.]
SUNDAY: A May Crowning was held and specially attended by all the kids. It was followed by a family brunch to reconvene and pay tribute to Mary as a parish.

[NOTE FROM MARY PAGE: Celebrations like this can take place any time of year. Mary can be crowned in connection with the feastday of her queenship on August 22 and at any other time of the year as well.]

Why think of Mary on Saturdays?

"The practice of dedicating Saturday to Mary is very old. The reason for the choice of Saturday is based on legendary yet substantially accurate account. On the Saturday after Christ's death and his disciples' abandonment of him, Mary was the only one to preserve intact her faith in the Divinity of her Son. As a result, she merited to receive an exceptional appearance of Jesus on that day. Another explanation asserts that Divine Wisdom, becoming incarnate, rested (Saturday was the Sabbath = day of rest) in Mary as on a bed.

Hence, Saturday acquired its great Marian tone and the existing fast on that day became associated with Mary. Today, the strongest trace of Mary's relationship with Saturday occurs in the Liturgy. Saturday is dedicated to Mary by a Mass or Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through these liturgical acts, Christians exalt the person of Mary in the action that renews the sacrifice of Christ and in the action that prolongs his prayer.

This liturgical attribution of Saturday to Mary was largely the work of the great Alcuin (735- 804), the Benedictine monk who was 'Minister of Education' at the court of Charlemagne and who contributed in a decisive manner to the Carolingian liturgical reform. Alciun composed six formularies for Votive (that is, devotional) Masses –: one for each day of the week. And he assigned two formularies to Saturday in honor of Our Lady. The practice was quickly and joyously embraced by both clergy and laity." Gradually, the 'Mass of the Blessed Virgin on Saturday' became simply the 'Mass of the Blessed Virgin' and was celebrated even on other days, whenever liturgical legislation permitted." For more information, consult, please, the Dictionary of Mary, Catholic Book Publishing, the source of this information.

ZENIT: We Recommend!

If you are getting into the swing of the great millennium events, and the joy of the coming celebrations of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, you will not want to miss the helps offered by the ZENIT news service. They are there to help readers know what is happening! Their features are packed with ideas and events. And, they don't mind if we share. Take note of the following sampler:

J2K (Jubilee 2000) NEWS & UPDATES #13
Secretariat for the Third Millennium and the Jubilee Year 2000
National Conference of Catholic Bishops/
United States Catholic Conference
Washington, DC
Phone:(202) 541-3244
Fax:(202) 541-3242
ZENIT's web page:
***Back issues of ZENIT News & Updates can be found on the web page.

Vatican web page:
New Vatican Jubilee web page:
Official Catholic Church Holy Land web site:

You can subscribe, its free!

This issue had several Marian notes: Spread the word!

July 19, 1999 [excerpts]

Greetings in Christ Jesus!
Thank you for taking an interest in our Jubilee biweekly E-mail. We hope this service continues to assist you with your J2K planning. Please let us know if you have ideas to share or ideas on how to improve this service. Together let's OPEN WIDE THE DOORS TO CHRIST into the Third Christian Millennium!

Jubilee Encyclical???
John Paul II Preparing Document Against Millenarian Ideas

VATICAN CITY, JUL 9 (ZENIT).-According to certain interpretations of "Astrological Centuries," by Michel de Notre-dame, better known as Nostradamus, the end of the world should have come on July 9. Some verses of the famous doctor say: "In the year one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine and seven months,/ a great fearful King will come from heaven./ He will resurrect the great King of Angolmois ..." In general the texts of these popular "prophets," like the Greek sibyls, make room for interpretations of all kinds. In fact, other interpreters of Nostradamus, who was Catherine of Medici's doctor, believe that the terrible date is August 11, 1999, when the north of France will be enveloped by an eclipse of the sun. European fashion and cultural centers are living with great trepidation these days because of these terrible prophecies. Michel de Notre-dame was a very successful doctor, especially during the plague that struck Provence in the 16th century. After writing the "Astrological Centuries" in 1555, he was greatly respected by the powerful of the time, as they attributed special powers to him. Nostradamus, as well as the monk of the apocryphal book attributed to Irish Bishop Malachi (1095-1148), have become two of the most widely known millenarian prophets of our day, in a world that has freed itself of faith to embrace superstition. In this context, a report in the Turin newspaper "La Stampa," is of interest. On July 8, it disclosed that John Paul II is taking advantage of his holidays in Les Combes to write a new document. According to "Holy See sources," which the article did not identify, it might be a text that could be written as an encyclical; the topic would be the third Christian millennium. The alleged document could appear in the year 2000. It would address more thoroughly the topics covered in the apostolic letter "Tertio Millennio Adveniente," of 1994, the letter that prepares the Church for the Great Jubilee. The text would analyze the 2000 years of Christianity, and would focus on an analysis of the 20th century; it would inject the new millennium with a vision of hope based on the renewal of faith. "La Stampa" emphasized that the document would reject all millenarian ideas and stress, on the contrary, that the world is not coming to an end, but will soon experience great changes. In general, the Pope takes advantage of his summer holidays to prepare documents of special interest. For the time being, the information in "La Stampa" has neither been confirmed or denied by the Holy See. ZE99070906

Prophesies of Fatima
MEXICO CITY, JUL 16 (ZENIT).-An increase in disquieting messages attributing millenarian and catastrophic prophecies to the third secret of the Virgin of Fatima has impelled Archbishop Emilio Berlie of Yucatan to warn the faithful on the falsehood of these publications. "For some time now, a group of 'disoriented Catholics' has been distributing supposed millenarian messages that they attribute to Our Lady of Fatima outside churches and public places" Bishop Carlos Heredia, Vicar General of the Archdiocese, warned, on the Archbishop's behalf. Stating that these apocalyptic and millenarian messages do not exist, the Bishop explained: "The prophecies these people spread are false. Affirmations about natural phenomena like smoke, hail, cold and earthquakes spelling the end of the world and its inhabitants are contrary to the Bible. Sincere Catholics must pay no attention to these false writings, with dark and unknown intentions, which cause disquiet in the population."

Lourdes Magazine Issue on J2K
LOURDES, JUL 14 (ZENIT).-In its July-August edition, the international "Lourdes Magazine" ( – in English) publishes a special issue to prepare pilgrims for the Jubilee of the year 2000. The initiative is the result of work by the "Jubilee Committee" of the Lourdes Shrine. To date the 64-page issue has published 83,000 copies in six languages. The "Jubilee Special" offers readers the possibility of preparing spiritually for the Holy Year at the Shrine. Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, President of the Jubilee Steering Committee, introduces the first part and addresses the profound meaning of the event. The second part explores the roads the pilgrims will be able to travel on foot when they come to Lourdes in the year 2000. In the third part, the magazine gives additional information and liturgical explanations on the celebration of this Jubilee of the Redemption. Along with this issue of "Lourdes Magazine," subscribers will receive an identity card for Lourdes pilgrims. Additional information can be obtained by sending an e-mail to

We Receive Helpful Emails

Mary Page receives interesting and helpful emails. We pass on this information as requested.

My wife and I have just returned from Garabandal and naturally we were interested in locating on the map its location in the Cantabrian mountains. In the book you list, Judith M. Albright "Our Lady at Garabandal" by Faith Publishing, she states in the preface on pg ix in my 1992 edition that the village is located about 50m S.E. of Santander. ... Would you kindly point out [to your readers] that Garabandal is South West of Santander and not South East.

Blessed Be Her Glorious Assumption

Fr. Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm., professor at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio, wrote the following article for the Chicago Archdiocesan Apostolate of the Handicapped. It appeared in the August 1997, Apostolate Epistle:

An outstanding feature of the many travels of Pope John Paul II has been the 'world youth days' in various countries. The American gathering was at Denver the summer of 1993. It was the feast of Our Lady's Assumption, August 15, which the Holy Father described as 'a celebration of life.' The first bible reading at Mass on August 15 comes from the Book of Revelation. The 'woman clothed with the sun' appears surrounded by hostile forces: the object of their attack is the child, symbol of new life. In our day that struggle against life has intensified, both for the unborn child and the aged and ill person, the horrors of abortion and euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The feast of the Assumption celebrates Mary as the first-fruits of the Savior's redeeming death and resurrection. Pope John Paul II said at Denver: "The Son took human life from her, in return he gave her the fulness of communion in divine life...In Mary the final victory over death is already – reality. ... In and through the Church we too have hope of an 'inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us" (1 Peter 1,4)."

Addressing our Lady, the pontiff continued: "You are blessed, O Mary, Mother of the Eternal Son born of your virgin womb, you are full of have received the abundance of life as no one else among the descendants of Adam and Eve. As the most faithful 'hearer of the Word' (Lk 11, 27) you not only treasured and pondered this mystery in your heart (cf Lk 2, 19 & 51) but you observed it in your body and nourished it by the self-giving love with which you surrounded Jesus throughout his earthly life. As Mother of the Church you guide us still from your place in heaven and intercede for us. You lead us to Christ, the way, and the truth and the life (John 14,6) and help us to increase in holiness by conquering sin."

The Benedictine Andrew Nugent proposes Psalm 16 as a meditation on Mary's Assumption: "Even my soul shall rest in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead, nor let your beloved know decay...And so my heart rejoices, my soul delights, my body too will rest secure. You will teach me the path of life, unbounded joy in your presence, at your right hand happiness for ever." According to A. Nugent, "the Assumption means that Jesus and Mary have found unending you together, not just in spirit or in theory, but in reality in the fulness of joy." In the divine praises at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Catholics rejoice to say of the Mother of Jesus: "Blessed be her Glorious Assumption."

I Asked God

Mary Page received the following from "Profjulie."

I asked God to take away my pain. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No. Her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No. Patience is a by-product of tribulations, it isn't granted, it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No. I give you blessings, Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me. God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

Mariapoch – 1999 Pilgrimage Schedule

The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, Ohio published its 1999 pilgrimage schedule for Mariapoch in Horizons, the official publication of the Eparchy. See the schedule in our Calendar of Marian Events for the State of Ohio.

Included in the July 18, 1999 issue was the following article by Father Michael Huszti, Shrine Director:

Mariapoch shrine is haven for prayer

The Shrine of Mariapoch has now completed two-and-a-half months of Sunday Divine Liturgies and other services that honor Mary and her title, the Mother of God.

Fathers John Kovach and Michael Huszti not only celebrate the 3:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy on Sundays, but they also celebrate the Akathist service every Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Akathist service honors Mary with her many titles and the various stanzas call us to contemplate the mystery of Mary's irreplaceable role in God's plan for our salvation....This service physically calls attention to the Theotokos' esteemed position among the communion of saints by asking those attending to stand during the length of this service. The term akathist means not sitting. We show by our standing that the ever-virgin Mary, who resides in heaven, is surely worthy of our hyperdulia – higher veneration – because she conducted her life on earth with such great excellence in the virtues, the foremost being obedience to God coupled with her awesome humility.

Another very important aspect of Mary's life that is shown through the history of the Shrine of Mariapoch, both in Hungary and in Burton, Ohio, is Mary's foundational virtue of compassion. Her compassion is directed toward the church militant, those on earth still struggling to bring their lives under the authority of Jesus Christ, her son and our lord and savior. Mary has shown the world her compassion by the miraculous tears that streamed down the wooden icon of Mariapoch in 1696, 1715 and lastly in 1905. By her tears Mary speaks to all in silence of the urgency of turning their lives to embrace her son, Jesus Christ, in faith and obedience.

The Shrine of Mariapoch stands as the Eparchy of Parma's strong belief in bringing all lives humbly under the yoke of her son, that all my be freed from the bondage and slavery of sin. This comes about through sorrow for sin and reconciliation with God, the almighty father.

The staff of the Shrine of Mariapoch has prepared a video that has been sent to every parish of the eparch. The video wil make people more knowledgeable about the Shrine of Mariapoch and the miraculous weeping icons. To orde a copy of this video, "Mariapoch: Shrine of Mary's Compassion," wirte to the Shrine of Mariapoch, 17486 Mumford Rd., Burton, OH 44021. Cost of the video is $15 plus $5 mailing.

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