The Liturgical Seasons with Mary


This feature scours The Mary Page to bring together resources that pertain to a particular feast or season. It does not exhaust all resources which may be posted on The Mary Page for a topic. These can be located with the help of our search engine. Additional resources can be found under Special Liturgical Feasts

Click on the name of the feast for detailed information.

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The Presentation of the Lord


Mary's Life

Luke's Portrait of Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Luke 2:21-40: The Naming of Jesus and the Presentation in the Temple
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/bible3.html

Bible Meditations on Mary
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/memoirs.html


What was Mary's role as a disciple?

(Presentation in the temple mentioned in this context.) To understand Mary's role as disciple, it is useful to
remember that every human being is God's creature, directly (soul) and indirectly (body) the fruit of God's love.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq188.html

Did Mary have servants?

Some points to consider: 1) There has been a tendency since the late Middle Ages to compare Mary to Christ in order to show the intimate connection between the two figures.... (answer contains reference to presentation in the temple)
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq177.html 



Liturgy

Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of the Lord
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/bvmtext1.htm

Marian Feasts Past and Present

The following feature points to the evolution of Marian Feasts in the recent past:
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/dogmas.html

Does the liturgy give us any hints about Mary's life?

Several events concerning Mary's life are commemorated during the yearly liturgical cycles of Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian Churches.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq03.html



Devotions
         
The Life of Mary: Sacred Scripture:

Direct quotes from Post-Vatican II documents
New Testament Elements Infancy: Nativity and Epiphany
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2f.html

Women: Teachers of Peace

John Paul II / World Day of Peace, January 1,1995
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/messages/youth/documents/hf_jp-ii_mes_15081996_xii-world-youth-day_en.html


Why is Mary a model of contemplative prayer?

Mary is a model of contemplative prayer specifically because of her pondering (presentation and twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple), meaning: assimilating events of her life—which happened to be important events of salvation history—examining them in her heart....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq173.html

The Rosary in Image and Text

Meditations Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/rosmed.html



Art 

Icons: Kinds of Marian Icons

Refers briefly to types of icons appropriate to the liturgical feastday.
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/icon.html

Presentation in the Temple (detail), Shrine at Künigsfelden, Switzerland

One of many windows dedicated to Mary at the shrine. Artist: unknown, fourteenth century.
Scroll down to:
www.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/exhibits/sarahhall/millennium.html

The Presentation in the Temple, block print art of Dominican Nuns, Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, New York

The presentation of Jesus in the temple shows Him to be the firstborn Son Who belongs to the Lord.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/joyful.html



Music


Ave Regina Caelorum

Marian Antiphon for the Time After the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and Lent
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/antiph2.html



Poetry

Candlemas Poetry

Includes: "The Presentation in the Temple," "Mary's Purification," "Candlemas" (by John D. Boyd, S.J.),"Simeon's Prophecy," "The Purification" (by Eugene M. Beck, S.J.), "Candlemas" (by Francesca), "The Purification from the Menaion," "Purification of the Blessed Virgin," "Our Lady of Doves," "The Offering (A Song of Simeon)."
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/candlemaspoetry.html#top

Meditation Snowdrop: E

Galanthus nivalis. The Flower of the Purification, Fair Maid of February, Candlemas Bells.

Legend:

The snowdrop is said to have bloomed on February 2, when Mary took Jesus to the temple....
www.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/exhibits/barrish02.html

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Christmas and Mary's Divine Motherhood


Mary's Life

Magisterial Documents: Theme: The Life of Mary: Sacred Scripture: Annunciation
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2b.html

Bible Meditations on Mary
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/memoirs.html


Liturgy

Votive Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Excerpts from the introductions to the following votive Masses taken from the Collection of Marian Masses.
Holy Mary, Mother of God
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Savior
The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Epiphany of the Lord
The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of the Lord
Our Lady of Nazareth
Our Lady of Cana
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/bvmtext1.htm

Which are the Marian feast days?

There are many Marian feast days celebrated in the Catholic Church, but the principal ones are the Solemnity of Mary, the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, the Annunciation, the Assumption, and the Immaculate Conception.
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, is the oldest Marian feast of the Church of Rome.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq04.html


Magisterial Documents

The Life of Mary: Sacred Scripture:

Direct quotes from Post-Vatican II documents
New Testament Elements Infancy: Nativity and Epiphany
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2f.html

Women: Teachers of Peace

John Paul II / World Day of Peace, January 1, 1995
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/messages/peace/documents/hf_jp-ii_mes_08121994_xxviii-world-day-for-peace_en.html


Prayer

Litany of the Infant Jesus
udayton.edu/mary/prayers/infant.html

Various Chaplets

Includes chaplet of the Infant Jesus
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/chaplet.html


Art

Nativity Scenes

Exhibits, Introduction to Nativity Sets. Various Displays, Friends of the Creche, permanent displays around the world and United States
www.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/creches.html


Music

Music for Christmas

Lists of music, hymns and texts for the Christmas season
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/music/seasons.html


Poetry

Christmas Poems
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/christmaspoetry.html


Meditations

The Twelve Days of Christmas (meaning of the famous carol)
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/carol.htm

Christmas Meditation

Includes the themes: The Yes and the Present, Genealogy and Broken Life Patterns, The Christ Child, The Word and the Words, "Epiphany" East and West, The Heart of Mary
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/christmas.html

A Thought for Christmas

St. Luke's Gospel contrasts the splendor of the angels' announcement to the shepherds with the lowliness of Jesus in the manger.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/christmas2.html



Videos

Index of Christmas Videos

Can be borrowed from the Marian Library
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/videos

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Our Lady of Guadalupe


Magisterial Documents


Marian Devotion: Various Forms of Marian Piety

The charts are direct quotes from Post-Vatican II Magisterial Documents concerning the theme, Various Forms of Marian Piety. These teachings of the Catholic Church may prove useful to include in talks, ...
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs7-2.html


Prayer

Our Lady of Guadalupe

A Prayer
www.udayton.edu/mary/prayers/mpray01.html#guad


Poetry

Poetry for Our Lady of Guadalupe

Includes: "Ballad of Our Lady of Guadalupe," "Lines to Our Lady of Guadalupe," "Juan Diego," "Mary, Virgin of Guadalupe," "Hail, O Empress of America," "A Guadalupe Poem," "Our Lady of Guadalupe: 1952," "Our Lady of Guadalupe," "The Virgin of Guadalupe," "To The Most Holy Virgin Under the Invocation of Guadalupe," "La Virgen de Guadalupe."
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry/guadalupe.html

Poems Dealing with Marian Apparitions

The poems in this collection give us a glimpse at the impact that Marian apparitions can have on the religious spirit of Christians.
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/apparitions.html


Meditations


Our Lady of Guadalupe

Meditation by Don Antonio Valeriano
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/guadalupe.html

GUADALUPE

Today's gospel message is about the mystery of Jesus and its revelation. Today's message deals also with the vocation of Mary. This double revelation about the mystery of Christ and the vocation of Mary is for us cause of....
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/GuadalupeHomily.html

Mexico: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Greatly astonished, the Franciscan bishop of Mexico, Fray Juan de Zumarraga, contemplates the fresh roses of Castille that sprinkle with colors the floor of his episcopal palace. Tears run down his cheeks as he recognizes the....
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/engfive.html

Is Mary Empress of the Americas?

We have much information on Guadalupe, in image and in text.... As to the name and influence of ...
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq104.html

La ciencia ante el misterio de los ojos de Guadalupe

Un cientíífico revela conclusiones de un estudio basado en tecnologíía digital
ROMA, 11 ene 2001 (ZENIT.org) - La tecnologíía digital arroja nuevas claves de comprensióón de uno de los fenóómenos que la ciencia sigue sin explicar: el misterio de los ojos de la Virgen de Guadalupe...
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/spanish/fourc.html

Black Madonnas

Among the miraculous Marian images are the so-called "Black Madonnas." Many of these images are quite popular among the faithful. Of the hundreds which presently exist at various shrines, some of the better known images are....
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/blackmdn.html

Was Our Lady of Guadalupe ever crowned?

On October 12, 1895, Our Lady of Guadalupe was solemnly crowned, in the name of Pope Leo XIII, as Queen of the Mexican people.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq228.html

What do the symbols mean in the Our Lady of Guadalupe image?

The 450-year-old image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is more than simply a picture. It contains symbols -- in a sense, hieroglyphics, or a story in pictures....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq89.html

Why are there images of Mary without Jesus?

Statues of Mary without Jesus are numerous and have been so for centuries.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq80.html

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Links to other sites...
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/links/linkdisplay.php3?catnum=8

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The Immaculate Conception

Magisterial Documents

Ineffabilis Deus: The Immaculate Conception

Apostolic Constitution issued by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854
www.newadvent.org/docs/pi09id.htm

Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum: On the Immaculate Conception

Encyclical of Pope Pius X promulgated on February 2, 1904
www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_x/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-x_enc_02021904_ad-diem-illum-laetissimum_en.html



Prayer

Prayer to Immaculata

Source: St. Maximilian Kolbe's "Prayer of Total Consecration"
www.udayton.edu/mary/prayers/consec01.html#2

Various Chaplets

Includes chaplet of the Immaculate Conception
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/chaplet.html



Art

What are the fifteen symbols of the Immaculata represented on the famous tapestry of Our Lady in Reims, France?

www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq204.html

Immaculate Conception Emblem

Pedem Virginis Timeo, I Dread the Virgin's Foot; The Immaculata is victorious over the dragon symbolizing evil, etc.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/immac_con_images.html
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/imco_emblems01.html



Poetry

Immaculate Conception Poetry

http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/immaculateconceptionpoetry.html



Meditations

What can you tell me about Mary as Patroness of America?

The following is an article addressing this question.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq203.html

Immaculate Conception

On December 8 we celebrate the Immaculate Conception, not only as Catholics but also as Americans. The Catholic Church of the United States made the Immaculate Conception the patronal feast of the whole nation. This occurred in 1846....
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/immac.html

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Advent

Mary's Life

The Life of Mary: Sacred Scripture: Annunciation

www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2b.html

Bible Meditations on Mary

Bertrand Buby, SM
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/memoirs.html


Liturgy

Votive Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent

1) The Blessed Virgin Mary, Chosen Daughter of Israel
2) The Blessed Virgin Mary and Annunciation of the Lord
3) The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/bvmtext1.htm


Magisterial Documents

The Life of Mary: Sacred Scripture: New Testament Elements: Annunciation

www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2b.html

The Life of Mary: Nativity, Epiphany, Flight to Eygpt

www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2f.html


Prayer

O Antiphons—December 17-23

The O Antiphons were composed by the eighth century.
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/oantiphons.html

O'Antiphon IV: Jesus is Key of David

http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/advc05.html

What does the title, Virgen de la O, signify?

The designation "do" or "Virgen de la O" has liturgical origins. It refers to the so called O-antiphons (Vespers) sung during the latter part of Advent.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq239.html

Litany to Jesus in the Womb of Mary

www.udayton.edu/mary/prayers/litpray02.html

Christmas Novena

Father Charles Vachetta, pastor of the Church of the Immaculate in Turin, Italy, wanted to give his parishioners something special for the Advent of 1721....
www.udayton.edu/mary/prayers/chrnovena.html

Why does a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary go from home to home in some communities?

The origin of this custom is the so-called shelter-seeking, that is, the holy family on their way to Bethlehem, seeking a shelter where they could stay for the night ....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq2/yq260.html


Art

Nativity Scenes

Exhibits, Introduction to Nativity Sets. Various Displays, Friends of the Creche, permanent displays around the world and United States
www.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/creches.html

La nativité

Canadian stamps showing the Nativity date: 11/03/1976 Scott: 699; Y&T: 617
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/stamps/canada/stampscanada2.html


Music

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Marian Antiphon for Advent
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/antiph1.html

Music for Advent

Lists of music, hymns and texts for the Advent season
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/music/seasons.html


Poetry

Advent Poetry

http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/adventpoetry.html


Meditations


Mary as Model for Advent

http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/AdventModel.html

God Still Comes: A Meditative Journey Through Advent

Includes reflections on: A Cycle of Love, The Tent, The Land, The Temple, The Womb, The Heart
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/advgod.html

The Mary Page Advent Calendar

A Collection of Resources: Hebrew Testament Reflections, O Antiphons,
Masses for Advent from the Collection of Masses in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/adventca.html

Reflection on Nativity Scenes

Re-creating the scene of Christ's birth is one of the most tender and enduring Christmas traditions....
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/kreche.html

The Jesse Tree

Sometimes called the root of Jesse or radix Jesse in Latin, the Jesse tree is a visual representation of Jesus' genealogy which dates back to the father of David, who was Jesse.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/jessetree.html

The "Merciless" Magnificat

As the day of Christ's birth draws near, our journey through Advent becomes ever more Marian. Indeed, the scripture texts of the last week before Christmas are a liturgical illustration....
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/MercilessMagnificat.html


Videos

Index of Christmas Videos

Can be borrowed from the Marian Library
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/videos

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Presentation of Mary


Mary's Life

Magisterial Documents:

Theme: The Life of Mary: Annunciation
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2b.html

What are the aspects of Mary’s person and life, which are related by the various apocryphal writings?

Scripture is tight-lipped regarding details of Mary’s personality and life....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq28.html


Who are Mary's parents?

The story of Mary's birth and details about her aging parents, Joachim and Anne, come from apocryphal writings known as the Protoevangelium of James....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq13.html

Did Mary have any brothers or sisters?

As it stands the sources dealing with the life of Ann, Joachim and Mary do not mention brothers and sisters of Our Lord's mother....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq193.html



Liturgy

Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Blessed Virgin Mary and Annunciation of the Lord
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/bvmtext1.htm

Marian Feasts Past and Present

The following feature points to the evolution of Marian Feasts in the recent past.
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/dogmas.html

Does the liturgy give us any hints about Mary's life?

Several events concerning Mary's life are commemorated during the yearly liturgical cycles of the Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian Churches.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq03.html


Meditations

November 21: Presentation of Mary

The Scriptures tells us nothing of Mary's hidden life. The inspired Word of God gives us no word about her Presentation in the Temple, the feast which we celebrate each year on November 21. However, we do have the testimonies of tradition which are based on accounts which come to us from apostolic times.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/Nov21.html

Bible Meditations on Mary
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/memoirs.html


Poetry

November Poetry

Includes the following poems: "November Eleventh," "November Memories," "Our Lady of the Eucharist," "The Queen of Purgatory," "Our Lady of Mercy," "Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament," "Our Lady - Skyscraper in the Night," "Our Lady Compared to a Space Ship," "Mary on Her Way to the Temple," "Mother of Mercy," "Thanksgiving," "Thanksgiving Day Grace," "Family Portrait," "After Holy Communion," "Mary," "Shield Us from Danger," "Mother of Grace."
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/novemberpoetry.html



Art

Icons: Kinds of Marian Icons

Refers briefly to types of icons appropriate to the liturgical feastday.
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/icon.html

Joachim and Ann:

Joachim and Ann: Presentation of Mary, work of Robert F. McGovern (open link then scroll to end)
www.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/exhibits/mcgovern.html

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October Month of the Rosary



Mary's Life

What is the origin of the Rosary? (YQ 18)

The complex history of the rosary deals normally with the following stages of development: 1) Repetition of the Hail Mary, in the twelfth c, related to the joys of Mary, first five (Annunciation, Nativity, Resurrection, ...
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq18.html


Is there a biblical basis for the Rosary? (YQ 83)

As you know, the bible does "not" tell us to pray the rosary because this form of prayer originated only during the Middle Ages. However, important elements of the Rosary are biblical ....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq83.html



Liturgy

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7


Magisterial Documents

Marian Magisterial Documents Index

This resource lists several documents from the Church on the Rosary. Scroll down to find them or links to them.
www.udayton.edu/mary/vmisform.html

Marian Devotion: Various Forms of Marian Piety

Quotes from post-Vatican II Church documents on the Rosary devotion.
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs7-2.html


Meditations

The Rosary in Image and Text


Meditations based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/rosmed.html

October: Month of the Holy Rosary

The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7. More information on historical origin.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/Fcc.html

The Rosary Since Vatican II

Reports about the rosary's demise are premature.
Article from The Marian Library Newsletter
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/rosary.html

Our Lady at Fatima

In Fatima Our Lady appeared six times to three young Portuguese children in a field called the Cova de Iria, near the small village of Fatima, about seventy miles north of Lisbon. The children were asked to pray the rosary for peace.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/Apr99.html

Our Lady of Pompeii

Story of the shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompei, Italy.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/pompei.html

See also:
What do you know about the image of Our Lady of Pompei? (YQ 126)
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq126.html


Devotions

How do you pray the Rosary? (FAQ #7)

This page has information on the most important prayers which constitute the Rosary and on how to pray them (Sign of the Cross, Apostles' Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be, Prayer after the Rosary).
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq07.html

What are the origins of the title "Our Lady of the Rosary"? (YQ 132)

Regarding the title, Our Lady of the Rosary, it is opportune to remember not only that Marian titles evolve over time, but also that ....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq132.html

Are the "Rosary Novenas to Our Lady" available on the Internet? (YQ 179)

The novena is written by Charles V. Lacey with a preface by Rev. Raymond P. Lawrence. It is a fifty-four-day novena of daily recitation of five decades of the Rosary with a meditation ....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq179.html

Is there a chaplet, rosary or some other devotion to the seven joys of Mary? (YQ 205)

The most typical Rosary expression of Mary's joys are the joyous mysteries. The original number of joys were five, and not seven! At one time it became fifteen joys. However, ....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq205.html

I have a six-year-old daughter in kindergarten who received a rosary today. Is there an easy way to start teaching someone how to pray the rosary? (YQ 217)

What a marvelous task to initiate the youngest to the mysteries of the rosary ...
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq217.html

In both churches I attend (Ukrainian rite and Roman) May is dedicated to Mary. In the Roman Church I attend on weekdays we say the Rosary before Mass just as we do in October (in my Ukrainian rite we say the rosary before Mass throughout the year). Is this universal in the Church? When, where, and how (or why) did this originate? (YQ 220)

The reciting of the rosary before (or sometimes after) Mass, a fairly widespread custom in Catholic countries, is the consequence of several developments....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq220.html

Will God ignore my rosary if I am at my worst at concentration? What's the best thing I can do in order to feel God's presence? (YQ 231)

Use various approaches, depending on disposition and degree of concentration. Overall principle: Don't let yourself float....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq231.html

Saturday Devotions in Honor of Our Lady

Historical Background of the Saturdays in Honor of Mary, The Golden Saturdays, The Heart of Mary Saturdays and the Saturday Rosary, First Saturday Communion of Reparation, the Fifteen Saturdays of the Rosary, and others.
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/firstsaturday.html

See also:
Explain why Saturday is devoted to Our Lady and what the requirements of the devotion of the five First Saturdays are?
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq178.html

What about Our Lady of Victory? (YQ 103)

Mary, Refuge of Sinners, 1836 Basilica of Our Lady of Victories. To commemorate the victory of the Christian Armada on October 7, 1571, Pope Pius V introduced in 1572 the "festem BMV de victoria" – rosary plays important role.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq103.html

What is the Fiat Rosary? (YQ 116)

The Fiat Rosary is named after Cardinal Leon Suenen's Fiat Movement, which encourages total openness to God in imitation of Mary....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq116.html

What is the Missionary Rosary?

The Mission Rosary links two major concerns of our Church: prayer and apostolate. The rosary is a traditional form of prayer which combines remembrance, praise and petition. It remembers the events of Salvation History....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq169.html

Is there going to be a fourth series of Rosary mysteries?

The German Liturgical Institute was recently asked its opinion about instituting a fourth series of Rosary mysteries, The Public Life of Jesus. A Marian group in Leutesdorf, Germany recently ....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq53.html

Where can I find a Marian image, statue, rosary, book? (YQ 86)

To find a Marian image, statue, rosary, book, or other such items, first look at your local religious supply store. Of course, the web may be a resource, but always be cautious. We have compiled ....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq86.html


Prayer

The Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation, etc
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/joyful.html

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Agony in the Garden, etc
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/sorrow.html

The Glorious Mysteries

The Resurrection, etc
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/glorious.html

Various Chaplets

There exists a renewed interest in various forms of the rosary which in fact have little to do with the classical rosary prayer itself....
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/chaplet.html

See also our links on the Rosary: sidebar /resources / links


Poetry

October Poems

There are several good reasons to present a selection of October poems in honor of Our Lady. First, October is the month of the Holy Rosary. Second, there are two feast days of the Blessed Virgin Mary in October. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7th. The Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar (Saragossa, Spain) is a feast day celebrated on October 12....

Includes: Our Lady's Rosary, The Holy Rosary, Our Lady of the Rosary, etc.
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/octoberpoetry.html#top


Art

Several of the rosary articles depict images of Our Lady with the Rosary.


Video

If you are looking for videos about the rosary or various devotions see our video resources which can be borrowed from the Marian Library.

Some titles include: A Dedicated Man (Fr. Peyton’s story), 1992; The Rosary,1992; Block Rosary Special Event (May 1, 1999 Washington, DC), 1999; The Rosary and Contemporary Marian Apparitions, 1991; The Untold Story: The Miracle of Edsa, 1998, etc


Bibliography

A Western Way of Meditation: The Rosary Revisited

David Burton Bryan / Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1991
This is a review of the book.
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/bkrevbryan.html

See also sidebar: resources / bibliography.

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The Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Mary's Life

What do we know about Mary's life from apocryphal sources?

There are a number of ancient texts not in the canon of Sacred Scripture which claim to present details about the life of Mary. The Protoevangelium Jacobi (ca. 150) examines ....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq05.html

What are the aspects of Mary’s person and life, which are related by the various apocryphal writings?

Scripture is tight-lipped regarding details of Mary’s personality and life. It speaks only to the essentials of her religious vocation and role ....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq28.html

Does the liturgy give us any hints about Mary's life?

Several events concerning Mary's life are commemorated during the yearly liturgical cycles of the Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian Churches.…
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq03.html

Marian Feasts Past and Present

Includes a brief explanation of celebration of the September Marian days.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/dogmas.html


Meditations

A Meditation on the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The History of the Liturgical Celebration of Mary's Birth - The Churches of Constantinople in the East and Rome in the West celebrate liturgies in honor of Mary’s birth ....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/birthday.html

September 8: Our Lady's Birthday

Day Blessing, G.E. Mullan
The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated each year on the eighth of September. Rev. Matthew R. Mauriello
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/Sept97.html


Devotions

Information on the Divina Infantita (since Vatican II called the "Little Immaculate Mary") or in Italy called "Maria Bambina"

The devotion to Maria Bambina (in the city of Milan) can be traced back to 1007 .... http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq133.html

Mary Garden, Annapolis, Maryland Dedicated on Mary's Birthday

September 8, 1988, the Mary Garden in Annapolis, Maryland, is located behind St. Mary's Church, in the quadrangle formed by the church, the rectory and the historic John Carroll House....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/m_garden/annap.html

Mary Garden, Episcopal Convent of the Transfiguration

In Cincinnati, Ohio. Located on a shady hillside on the grounds of the Episcopal Convent of the Transfiguration in suburban Glendale, (includes flowers blooming in time for Our Lady’s birthday or dedicated to her ....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/m_garden/cqu.html

Garden of Our Lady St. Joseph's Church, Woods Hole, Cape Cod, Mass.

The Garden of Our Lady established in 1932 in Woods Hole on Cape Cod is thought to be the first U.S. Mary Garden. (Includes: Our Lady's Birthday Flower, Italian aster) 
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/m_garden/woodshl.html


Poetry

September Poetry

September poetry is a collection of poems that concentrates on two of the month's Marian feasts: the Nativity of Our Lady (September 8) and the Holy Name of Mary (September 12). There are also several poems which utilize summer-time images ....
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/septemberpoetry.html

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Our Lady of Sorrows


The devotion has its origin in the gospels of John (19, 25, Mary standing at the foot of the cross) and Luke (2:35, Your own soul a sword shall pierce). Other possible references to Mary's sorrow, pain ....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq2/yq304.html



Magisterial Documents


The Life of Mary: Calvary

Post-Vatican II Magisterial Documents concerning the theme, Mary's Life, Calvary. These teachings of the Catholic Church may prove useful to include in talks, homilies or for research....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2k.html


Liturgy

Marian Feasts Past and Present

Includes a brief explanation of celebration of the September Marian days.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/dogmas.html


Meditations

Mary, Mother of Sorrows: The Mystery of Comfort and Hope

An abridged reflection, originally an article in Chicago Studies by Louis J. Cameli
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/sorrowsmed.html


Devotions

What about the sorrows of Mary?

The devotion to the sorrows of Mary appears toward the beginning of the fourteenth century, and may have been influenced by Henry Suso (d. 1366) and other Rhenish mystics. It took as central theme the Calvary scene ....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq2/yq258.html

Describe the origins of Mary's title: Our Lady of Sorrows?

The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15, the day after the feast of the Holy Cross to show the close connection between Jesus' Passion and Mary's Sorrows ....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq20.html

Our Lady of Sorrows

Lenten Meditation I "and his mother kept all these things in her heart." (Luke 2:51b). The Mary Page’s five Lenten meditations give much material on the topic of Mary’s sorrow. These meditations take their orientation from the Sunday liturgies for Lent ....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/lent1.html

Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows

The chaplet or rosary of the Seven Sorrows uses special beads. There are seven groups of seven beads.
History: The seven groups of seven Hail Marys remember the seven sorrows of Our Lady.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/chaplet.html

"Our Lady of Tears"

… renewed interest in a devotion known as "Our Lady of Tears," a special rosary devotion ….
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq2/yq287.html

Rosary Index

Information on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/rosdex.html


Art

Mother of Sorrows

Several works by Ioana Datcu with the theme "Sorrows of Mary"
www.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/exhibits/datcu/works_on_display.htm

Mother of Sorrows

by Jean Marlow 1993
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/exhibits/msa/marlow.html


Poetry

Seven Sorrows, Seven Joys

Sonnets in Meditation on Mary's Life by Ann Astell
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/sevensorrows1.html

Poetry for the Season of Lent

Contains poetry appropriate to the liturgical celebration of the Mother of Sorrows such as: "To the Sorrowing and Immaculate Heart," "Lady Most Pitiful," "The Passion of Our Lady," "The Passion of Mary," "When Mary Weeps."
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/lentpoet.html

Passion Poetry

Contains poetry appropriate to Mary’s sorrows such as: "Mother of Tears," "Queen of the Seven Sorrows," "Good Friday Mothers," "Mother of the Crucified," "Three Mothers Beneath Three Crosses," "How Our Blessed Lady Stood by the Cross of Jesus," "The Child of Calvary," "Lady of Pain," "Our Lord," etc.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/passp.html

Stabat Mater

Stabat Mater is the title of a thirteenth-century Latin hymn and it means "the Mother was standing." In Latin, the hymn consists of twenty couplets which describe the Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin at the Cross. There are more than sixty English translations ....
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/stabatmaterpoetry.html

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The Assumption



Mary's Life


Describe the scriptural support for the dogma of Mary's Assumption.

Like the dogma of Mary's Immaculate Conception, the dogma of the Assumption is not explicitly stated in the Bible. The teaching that 'at the end of her earthly course, Mary was assumed into heavenly glory, body and soul' was dogmatically defined by Pius XII in 1950 in Munificentissimus Deus.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq14.html


What does scripture tell us about Mary's life?

A frequently-asked question:
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq02.html

What about Mary's death?

A frequently-asked question:
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq24.html

What do we know about Mary's life from apocryphal sources?

There are a number of ancient texts not in the canon of Sacred Scripture which claim to present details about the life of Mary. The Protoevangelium Jacobi (ca. 150)...
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq05.html


Magisterial Documents

Encyclical MUNIFICENTISSIMUS DEUS by Pope Pius XII

Defining "ex cathedra" (from the chair of Peter) the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
www.ewtn.com/library/PAPALDOC/P12MUNIF.HTM

Mary and the Church: Assumption (eschatological image)

A list of quotations on the Assumption from post-Vatican II magisterial documents such as this from Lumen Gentium, Chapter 8: "in the Blessed Virgin the Church has already reached that perfection whereby she exists without spot or wrinkle (cf. Eph 5:27)" (LG, 65)
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs4-5.html

What are the Marian dogmas?

There are four Marian dogmas:
1) Divine Motherhood - Council of Ephesus 431
2) Mary's Virginity
         a) Virginal Conception through the Spirit - Baptismal symbols since third century.
         b) Perpetual Virginity (virginal birth and no other children) - Baptismal symbols since fourth century (first
          in eastern church)                        
3) Immaculate Conception (Mary's freedom from original sin) - Pius IX, 1854
4) Mary's Assumption (body and soul) into heaven - Pius XII, 1950
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq186


Liturgy

Development of the Liturgical Celebration of the Assumption

It is often stated: As the Church prays, so she believes. The great prayer of the Liturgy aided the development of the doctrine of the Assumption.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/assmp02.html

A Variety of Customs Associated with the Assumption

A variety of local, regional and national customs are associated with the Feast of the Assumption on and around August 15
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/assmp03.html

Which are the Marian feast days?

There are many Marian feast days celebrated in the Catholic Church, but the principal ones are the Solemnity of Mary, the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, the Annunciation, the Assumption and the Immaculate Conception ....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq04.html

Marian Feasts Past and Present

The following feature points to the evolution of Marian feasts in the recent past. It shows the feasts in vigor before the liturgical reform of 1969, the changes made in 1969, and the further developments of 1986.
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/dogmas.html

Does the liturgy give us any hints about Mary's life?

Several events concerning Mary's life are commemorated during the yearly liturgical cycles of the Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian Churches.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq03.html


Meditations

An Overview Page

The following overview page gives direct links to assist in varied ways to contemplate Mary’s Assumption into heaven. At the end of the links is a select bibliography.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/assumption.html

Historical Background: Belief in Mary's Assumption

Introduction: Belief that Mary has been taken up and is now in heaven with both her body and her soul has been part of the teaching of the Catholic Church since the earliest centuries of Christianity.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/assmp01.html

Mother of the New World

The meaning of the Assumption is that of a culmination and a new beginning. With the Assumption, the promises of the Lord were fulfilled for Mary, and as always, beyond all expectation.… Rev. Johann G. Roten, SM
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/MotherofNewWorld.html

A Reflection on the Feast of the Assumption

The following contribution to The Mary Page on the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a contemplation on a fifteenth-century Greek Orthodox icon painted by iconographer Andreas Ritzos …. by Virginia Kimball
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/kimball.html

Prayerful Reflections on the Assumption

St. Alphonsus de Liguori is one among the saints who writes that Mary died for sheer longing and love of the Savior. Below is a quotation from his seventh discourse, "The Assumption of Mary"
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/assmp05.html


Devotions

Mary's Flowers During the Middle Ages

Includes a section on the custom of bringing herbs for a blessing on the Assumption.
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/flowers.html

How do religious names of flowers originate?

Includes Assumption lily.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq209.html

Explain the 'Marian Year' celebrations.

There was a Marian Year in 1950. It coincided with the proclamation of the Dogma of Mary's Assumption by Pope Pius XII.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq33.html

Why do we call Mary Queen?

Assumption and Coronation must be sharply distinguished.
(See more under Queenship memorial)
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq73.html


Prayer

The Rosary in Image and Text Meditations Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Includes the Glorious Mysteries and therefore the Assumption
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/rosmed.html
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/glorious.html


Poetry

Assumption

The following poems celebrate the mystery of Our Lady's Assumption. The reader will also find here poetry which explores the relationship between the season of summer and the Blessed Virgin's role in salvation history.
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry/assumpp.html

New Marian Poetry

Includes: "Assumpta est Maria en Coelum"
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/poemsforordinarytime.html


Art


What are the fifteen symbols of the Immaculata represented on the famous tapestry of Our Lady in Reims, France?

The famous tapestry of Our Lady in the Reims Cathedral comprises fifteen tableaux relating the life of Mary.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq204.html

What is the meaning of the crescent moon that Mary is sometimes pictured standing upon?

Includes: The crescent appears under Mary's feet in paintings of the Assumption (Meister of the Luzien-Legende, 1485) and signifies her glory and victory over time and space.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq244.html


Bibliography

Bibliography of Articles in Marian Studies

1950 — Present: Summary List In May 1999, the Mariological Society of America celebrated its fiftieth year as an academic theological society. For each of the fifty years the society published, the papers presented … include work on the Assumption
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/msarticles.html


Video

Marian Theology Tape 2 (Lecture by Anthony Tambasco), 100 min,1990.
Contact Marian Library.

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The Queenship of Mary

Liturgy

What is the origin and meaning of the liturgical celebration of Mary as a queen?

On August 22, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates a memorial in honor of the Queenship of Mary. This memorial is placed in the octave of the Assumption.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq62.html



Meditations


Pope Pius XII and Our Lady

It is generally held by scholars that Pope Pius XII made very significant and notable contributions to Marian theology, public piety and devotion to Our Lady: Rev. Matthew R. Mauriello
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/May98.html

Blessed Chaminade Vignette 25, TODAY'S CHURCH ECHOES CHAMINADE

Recent writings of theologians and popes have stressed the universal role of Mary in the life of the Church. An increasing awareness of the universality of Mary's relation to all persons….
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/chaminade/chaminade25.htm

Mary's Apostolic Mission Chaminade's Contribution to Mariology

Biographical and historical background.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/chaminade/mariology.html


Devotions

Why do we call Mary Queen?

Assumption and Coronation must be sharply distinguished. Whereas the assumption has been the object of dogmatic definition (1950), the coronation of Mary has never been more than a pious advocation (rosary), an iconographic motif (since the twelfth century) and a devotional custom (coronation of Mary statues known already in the early Middle Ages). However, the coronation points to a Marian title known in Christian tradition since from the beginning of the fourth century.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq73.html

Coronation of Mary
Brief History of Coronation


Since the Council of Nicea in 787, the Church has often asserted that it is lawful to venerate images of Christ, Mary and the saints. This is an ancient practice of the Christian churches....
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/crowning.html


Prayer

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

Includes the Coronation
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/glorious.html


Bibliography

Bibliography of Articles in Marian Studies

Includes several articles on the Queenship of Mary
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/msarticles.html


Video

Madonna and Child: The Development of Christian Symbolism, 50 min,1992.
Contact Marian Library.

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Devotions


Who is Our Lady of Mount Carmel and how does she relate to the scapular devotion?
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq21.html

What is a scapular?
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq78.html

Marian Shrines of the Carmelites
http://www.ocarm.org/en/content/ocarm/marian-shrines.htm

Chile: Our Lady of Carmel of the Maipú
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/engtwo.html#chi

Related Devotion of the Carmelites:
Can you tell me about the Infant of Prague?

A special devotion to the Divine Child originated with the Carmelites in the city of Prague, Bohemia, in the beginning of the seventeenth century.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq164.html



Meditations

Who was Mary?

Rev. Eamon R. Carroll, O. Carm.
A Carmelite reflects on Mary.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/carroll.html


Art

An Icon of the Sign
by Sr. Mary Grace, O.C.D.
The saints surrounding the central image are especially relevant in Carmelite history.
www.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/artists/SMGocd.html


Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Victor Gohler Santos & Retablos
www.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/artists/gohler.html

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Saints Ann and Joachim


Mary's Life


Who are Mary's parents?

The story of Mary's birth and details about her aging parents, Joachim and Anne, come from apocryphal writings known as the Protoevangelium of James the Lesser that was written by an unknown author.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq13.html

Where was Mary born?

According to old traditions, Mary was born in Jerusalem. Joachim is said to have been the owner of a home in the vicinity of the temple, more precisely near the Sheep Gate and its pool called in Hebrew, "Bethesda."
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq184.html

Did Mary have any brothers or sisters?

As it stands, the sources dealing with the life of Ann, Joachim and Mary do not mention brothers and sisters of Our Lord's mother.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq193.html

What do we know about Mary's life?

Includes a possible timeline.
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq01.html

Does the liturgy give us any hints about Mary's life?
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq03.html

What do we know about Mary's life from apocryphal sources?

There are a number of ancient texts not in the canon of Sacred Scripture which claim to present details about the life of Mary. The Protoevangelium Jacobi (First Gospel of James) (ca. 150) ....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq05.html

What are the aspects of Mary’s person and life, which are related by the various apocryphal writings?

Scripture is tight-lipped regarding details of Mary’s personality and life. It speaks only to the essentials of her religious vocation and role ....
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq28.html



Video

Saints Anne and Joachim: Grandparents of Jesus, 30 min,1998.
Contact Marian Library.

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Liturgical memorial on the Saturday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost. (The Gospel reading for the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is obligatory. It is Luke 2:41-51.)


Mary's Life


The Life of Mary: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

She heard Simeon foretelling … that her Son would be a sign of contradiction
and that a sword would pierce the mother's soul, that out of many hearts, thoughts
might be revealed. (cf. Lk 2:34-35)
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2g.html

Here Jesus lets us catch a glimpse of the mystery of his total consecration to a mission that flows from His divine sonship: "Did you not know that I must be about my Father's work?" (Lk 2:49 alt) Mary and Joseph did not understand these words, but they accepted them in faith. Mary "kept all these things in her heart" during the years Jesus remained hidden in the silence of an ordinary life.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2g.html


Liturgy


Votive Mass: The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Excerpts from the introductory commentary to the Mass, Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/bvmtext3.htm


Magisterial Documents

Exploring the Mystery of the Church

Address of Pope Paul VI at the close of the Third Session of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, November 22, 1964. In this document, Pope Paul VI refers to Pope Pius XII’s dedication of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/mystery.html

Signum Magnum (The Great Sign)

Apostolic Exhortation On Venerating and Imitating the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and Model of All Virtues, Pope Paul VI, 13 May 1967
(Visit to Fatima: Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/SM.html (information leads to complete document)

Marian Devotion: Various Forms of Marian Piety

Various documents that include devotion to the heart of Mary (mainly excerpts).
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs7-2.html


Meditations

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is primarily based upon the Sacred Scriptures. In the New Testament, there are two references to the Heart of Mary in the Gospel according to St. Luke ....
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/DevImacc.html

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady called for consecration of Russia to her immaculate heart.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/Apr99.html


Devotions

What is the Meaning of Consecration?

(This article includes:) "Dedication to the Heart of Mary must therefore maintain the vital unity between the Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus. We must confide ourselves to the Heart of Mary in view of our consecration to God. We offer ourselves to this divine consecration through Mary, for she points the way to the heart of Jesus."
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq23.html

Your Questions: Saturdays Devoted to Mary

Saturday Devotions in Honor of Our Lady
Historical Background of the Saturdays in Honor of Mary
The Golden Saturdays
The Heart of Mary Saturdays
www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/firstsaturday.html

Your Questions: What did Our Lady say about her heart at Fatima?
www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq136.html


Prayer

Marian Prayer of Cardinal Newman

Mary’s heart leads to the Sacred Heart.
www.udayton.edu/mary/prayers/cardinalnewman.html

Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
www.udayton.edu/mary/prayers/litpray03.html


Videos and Films

Our Lady's Triumph
Immaculate Heart  (Consecration), 1994, 60 min

Making the Immaculate Heart of Mary Statue, 1993, 18 min

For several films on Fatima and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for borrowing privileges from The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, see: www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/videos/index.php3 (contact the library)

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The Feast of the Visitation


Magisterial Documents

Theme: The Life of Mary: Visitation (Mary's Service)

Among the document references, this from Catechism of the Catholic Church:

"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John." (Jn 1:6) John was "filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb" (Lk. 1:15, 41) by Christ himself, whom the Virgin Mary had just conceived by the Holy Spirit. Mary's visitation to Elizabeth thus became a visit from God to His people. (Cf. Lk. 1:68) 717
See more at: /mary/resources/documents/docs6-2c.html

Theme: The Life of Mary: Visitation (Elizabeth's Perspective)

Among the document references, this from Redemptoris Mater :

"And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Lk.1:43) Elizabeth bears witness to Mary: she recognizes and proclaims that before her stands the Mother of the Lord, the Mother of the Messiah. The son whom Elizabeth is carrying in her womb also shares in this witness: "The babe in my womb leaped for joy" (Lk. 1:44). 12
See more at: http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2d.html

Theme: The Life of Mary: Magnificat Song

Among the document references, this from Marialis Cultus:

Magnificat (exemplar of the Church, esp in liturgy) the Virgin in prayer .... "In her exultation Mary prophetically declared in the name of the Church: 'My soul proclaims the glory of the Lord...'" (Adversus Haereses III). And in fact Mary's hymn has spread far and wide and has become the prayer of the whole Church in all ages. 18 In Mary's prophetic canticle (cf. Lk. 1:46-55) they saw a special working of the Spirit who had spoken through the mouths of the prophets. (Origen) 26
See more at: http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2e.html

Theme: The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Catechetics

A Synod of Bishops --1977; Oral Intervention by John Joseph Cardinal Carberry, Archbishop of St. Louis:

Within the document it states: "Here, again, Mary in the mystery of the Visitation, of Cana, of Calvary, is the ideal image for our young people to whom we proclaim the Word of God."
See more at: http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/carberry.html


Mary's Life


Mary Page FAQ #1: What do we know about Mary's life?

In response to the request of many readers, we have produced a general summary of the life of Jesus' mother, Mary. The canonical scriptures (especially the Gospels) are the primary source of information about the Blessed Virgin Mary ....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq01.html


Liturgy

Mary Page FAQ #3: Does the liturgy give us any hints about Mary's life?

Several events concerning Mary's life are commemorated during the yearly liturgical cycles of the Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian Churches. Some of the more important celebrations on the current ....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq03.html



Meditations

The "Merciless" Magnificat

The text contains: Mary's song is the "magna charta" of any and all authentic faith experiences. It is a description of the two columns upon which rests the weight of God's grace in this world; it pictures the two wings on which the soul is elevated toward her final encounter with God.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/MercilessMagnificat.html



Prayer


The Joyful Mysteries


See the Visitation mystery as based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/joyful.html

Rosary Information Index

Extensive material on the rosary which includes the second joyful mystery, The Visitation
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/rosdex.html


Video


A Video on the Visitation

The Marian Library lends its videos. See page:
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/videos/show_list.php3?search=Visitation

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Ascension and Pentecost


Liturgy


Mary, Queen of Apostles / Celebrated on the Saturday between Ascension and Pentecost

Q: Where did the title Mary Queen of Apostles come from?
A: Mary Queen of Apostles, understood as title/advocation first appears in...
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq40.html

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Teacher in the Spirit

Explanation for the votive Mass with the above title:
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/bvmtext2.htm


Magisterial Documents

The Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin

Letter of Pope Paul VI to Cardinal Léon Josef von Suenens on the occasion of the International Marian Congress, May 13, 1975. Pope Paul VI emphasized the need to couple devotion to the Virgin Mary with devotion to the Holy Spirit in these critical times.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/suenens.html

Theme: The Life of Mary: Pentecost

Among the document references, this from Behold Your Mother:

There are striking likenesses between the Annunciation and Pentecost. Mary, the great mother figure for the Church, is present not only at the Annunciation, but praying with her Son's disciples before Pentecost. 79
After Christ's Resurrection, surrounded by His disciples, Mary prayed for the coming of that same Spirit, in order that the Church, the Body of her Son, might be born on Pentecost. 115
See more at: http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2l.html

Theme: Mary and the Holy Spirit: General

Among the document references, this from Marialis Cultus:

In the Virgin Mary everything is relative to Christ and dependent upon Him. It was with a view to Christ that God the Father from all eternity chose her to be the all-holy Mother and adorned her with gifts of the Spirit granted to no one else. 25
See more at: http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs3-0.html

Theme: Mary and the Holy Spirit: Overshadowed by the Spirit (Incarnation)

Among the document references, this from Behold Your Mother:

Any correct understanding of Mary's role must be seen in connection with the predominant role of the Holy Spirit. ... St. Luke presents Mary as the humble woman overshadowed by the Holy Spirit in order that Christ be formed. "God sent his Son born of a woman.... that we might receive the adoption of sons" (Gal 4:4). (LG 52) 112.  See more at: http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs3-1.html

Theme: Mary and the Holy Spirit: Fashioned by the Spirit (Her whole existence)

Among the document references, this from Marialis Cultus:

Theological reflection and the liturgy have in fact noted how the sanctifying intervention of the Spirit in the Virgin of Nazareth was a culminating moment of the Spirit's action in the history of salvation. Thus, for example, some Fathers and writers of the Church attributed to the work of the Spirit the original holiness of Mary, who was as it were "fashioned by the Holy Spirit into a kind of new substance and new creature." (LG 56) 26
See more at: http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs3-2.html

Theme: Mary and the Holy Spirit: Fullness of Grace

Among the document references, this from Signum Magnum:

It was this perfect harmony between divine grace and her own human activity that gave honor to the Blessed Trinity and made her the crowning glory of the Church. 16
See more at: http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs3-3.html


Meditations

The Holy Spirit and Mary

This collection covers the themes: The Year of the Holy Spirit, 1998; Sacred Scripture Concerning the Holy Spirit and Mary; Mary as Image of the Holy Spirit; Marialis Cultus: The Holy Spirit and Marian Devotion; Recent Magisterial Teachings on the Holy Spirit and Mary; The Holy Spirit and Mary in Iconography
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/h-spirit.html

Mary, Mother of the Church

After fifty days of joyous celebration, the Easter Season solemnly closes each year with the great feast of Pentecost Sunday. This has been traditionally called the "birthday" of the Church , that day when "all were filled with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:4) Pentecost occurs ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ....
A reflection by Rev. Matthew R. Mauriello:
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/Mchrch.html

Who Was Mary?

In this reflection, the author writes: At the end of her beloved Son's terrible passion and atrocious death, then his glorious Resurrection and Ascension, St. Luke tells us in the Acts of the Apostles that the Mother of Jesus was in the upper room with fearful apostles awaiting the outpouring of the Pentecostal Spirit. Hers was an extraordinarily significant presence to the fledgling Church. The apostles were new shepherds (pastors) of Christ's Church. The Mother of Jesus is in their midst, forgiving and reconciling the disciples....
A reflection by Rev. Eamon R. Carroll, O. Carm.:
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/carroll.html

Mary's Apostolic Mission And Our Participation

The Vision of Venerable William Joseph Chaminade developed by Father Emil Neubert, S.M., Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.:
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/chaminade/participation.html

Present in Every Sunday of the Church

On May 31, 1998, the feast of Pentecost, the Holy Father addressed to all bishops, clergy, and faithful the apostolic letter Dies Domini on the "sanctification of the Lord's Day." The text is clear and divided into five chapters: 1) Day of the Lord; 2) Day of Christ; 3) Day of the Church; 4) Day of the Person; 5) Day of Days. Subtitles within the chapters give further expressive and suggestive names for Sunday: "day of the new creation," "day of Christ the Light," "day of the gift of the Holy Spirit" .... by Rev. Ignacio Calabuig, OSM:
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/calabuig.html


Prayer

Novena Prayers to Mary, Queen of Apostles

Devotion to Mary as Queen of Apostles is one of the oldest devotions in the Church....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/prayers/Queennovena.html

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

Ascension and Pentecost reflections based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Art from Dominican Nuns, Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, Buffalo, NY
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/glorious.html


Art

Two Masterpieces Depicting Mary with the Apostles at the Ascension
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/news97/0506.html

Icons / Kinds of Marian Icons

Article contains representations of an Ascension and a Pentecost icon
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/icon3.html

The Holy Spirit and Mary

This article contains several masterpieces depicting various scenes with the Holy Spirit and Mary
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/h-spirit.html

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The Month of May



Devotions

Mense Maio: On the Occasion of the First of May

Encyclical of Pope Paul VI promulgated on April 30, 1965.
The pope urges the faithful to pray to Mary more than ever during the month of May, in connection with this exhorts all to seek peace by negotiation and prayer.
vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/encyclicals/documents/

Coronation of Mary, Brief History of Coronation

Since the Council of Nicea in 787, the Church has often asserted that it is lawful to venerate images of Christ, Mary and the saints.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/crowning.html

What is the origin of the custom to place a crown on Mary's head?
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq123.html

Why do we call Mary Queen?

Assumption and Coronation must be sharply distinguished. Whereas the Assumption has been the object of dogmatic definition (1950), the Coronation of Mary has never been ....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq73.html

May Crowning, May, Mary's Month, Marian Coronation

May, often called Mary's month in popular devotion....
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/crownmed.html



Music

May Hymns

(oft requested traditional hymns for May)
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/mayhymns.html


Poetry


May Poetry

"Our Lady of the May," "To Crown the Queen of May," "The Gift of the Springtime," "The May Queen," "Galilean May," "Our Lady of May," "May Day Pageant," "The May Magnificat" (and more)
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/maypoetry.html



Prayer

The Rosary

The Glorious Mysteries
... invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix. The Coronation of Our Lady, the "splendor of an entirely unique holiness"
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/glorious.html

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Easter

The Mary Page offers a variety of items to help you reflect on Christ's Resurrection with Mary or in a Marian context. Below are listed major articles. Kindly use The Mary Page search engine for even greater detail.

Liturgy

The Paschal Triduum and Easter Season with Mary

Popular devotion stresses Mary's sorrow more than her joy. The following provide some exceptions:


The Three Easter Days
Did Christ Visit Mary at or after the Resurrection? Early Writings
"Et Prima Vidit": The Iconography of the Appearance of Christ to His Mother
Marian Masses During the Easter Season
A Marian Reflection and Prayer
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/paschaleaster.html

Easter: Mary's Resurrection Experience

http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/april.html


Poetry

The pictures which accompany our collection of Easter poetry each commemorate the Seven Joys of the Virgin Mary.The Virgin's seven joys are the following events: the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi, the Resurrected Christ's appearance to Mary, Christ's Ascension, Pentecost, and Mary's death and Assumption.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry _new/risen.html



Prayer

Marian Prayers of Consecration for the Easter Season

See Prayers: Easter Acts of Consecration
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/prayers/consec01.html

The Rosary

The Glorious Mysteries, to be said on Wednesdays and Saturdays as well as Sundays from Easter until Advent
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq07.html



Music

Marian Antiphon for Lent

The "
Regina Coeli" is one of the four seasonal antiphons of the Blessed Virgin Mary prescribed to be sung or recited in the Easter Season. The "Regina Coeli" is a twelfth-century antiphon for Evening Prayer during the Easter Season. Since the thirteenth century, it has been used as the seasonal antiphon in honor of the Blessed Virgin after Night Prayer.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/antiph3.html

Music for the Easter Season

www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/music/mus_words/easter.htm

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Lent


See our Lenten resources listed below.

The commentary in the Sacramentary of the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the votive Mass, "Holy Mary, Disciple of the Lord," says about Lent:

Lent is a "journey" for the faithful, during which they "more diligently listen to the word of God and devote themselves to prayer with greater earnestness" (SC 109}, and during which they are ready to bear the cross with greater zeal, so that with minds and hearts renewed they may reach a more worthy celebration of the Easter festival. In this way they show themselves true disciples of Christ, hearing his words and seeking to make them their own (see Luke 8:15), following in his footsteps in self-denial (see Matthew 16:24), and striving to stand by his cross in faithful witness (see John 19:26).

The Blessed Virgin Mary was such a disciple. One of the prefaces in the Marian Mass, "The Commending of the Blessed Virgin Mary," sums up the Marian outlook for Lent:

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.

At the foot of the cross of Jesus,
by his solemn and dying wish,
a deep bond of love is fashioned
between the Blessed Virgin Mary
and his faithful disciples:
the Mother of God is entrusted to the disciples
as their own mother,
and they receive her
as a precious inheritance from their Master.

She is to be for ever
the mother of those who believe,
and they will look to her
with great confidence in her unfailing protection.
She loves her Son in loving her children,
and in heeding what she says
they keep the words of their Master.

Through him the angels of heaven
offer their prayer of adoration
as they rejoice in your presence for ever.
May our voice be one with theirs
in their triumphant hymn of praise.
(Preface 13)


Lenten Resources


Liturgy

The Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Masses are arranged according to the divisions of the liturgical year. There are five votive Masses for Lent.

Holy Mary, Disciple of the Lord
The Blessed Virgin Mary at the Foot of the Cross, I
The Blessed Virgin Mary at the Foot of the Cross, II
The Commending of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Reconciliation
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/respub/colmas.html

Five Lenten Meditations
These meditations take their orientation from the Sunday liturgies for Lent, from the five votive Masses in honor of Mary for the Lenten season, from Sacred Scripture, and from devotional traditions....
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

HAP Grieshaber's Polish Stations of the Cross
The stations are accompanied by reflections from Rev. Johann G. Roten, SM.
www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/lent.html


Poetry

Poetry for Lent

"Mother of Sorrows," "She Shall Crush Thy Head," "Communion of Reparation (for Our Lady of Sorrows)," "To the Sorrowing and Immaculate Heart," "Lady Most Pitiful," "The Passion," and many more...
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry/lentpoet.html

Poetry for Passiontide

This poetry section concentrates on the final days of the Lenten season. http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry/passp.html


Thomas Merton’s, "Evening: Zero Weather" - Written in 1947

Here in the zero days before Lent -
(We are already binding up our sheaves of harvest
Beating the lazy liturgy, going up with exultation
Even on the eve of our Ash Wednesday...)
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/thomasmertonpoetry.html#zero


Prayer

The Rosary

The Sorrowful Mysteries
, to be said on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as Sundays during Lent.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/faq/faq07.html

Marian Music Collection – Lent

For the season of Lent see a selection of chant, traditional, contemporary, ecumenical, and art songs at http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/music/mus_words/lent.htm

Liturgical Texts and Practices for Lent

For a day by day journey through Lent, see the Campus Ministry site at the University of Dayton. This site has Lenten music and links to additional sites, which offer Lenten practices.
http://www.udayton.edu/~campmin/lent.html

Marian Antiphon for Lent

Ave Regina Caelorum – Marian Antiphon for the Time After the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and Lent.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/antiph2.html

Akathistos of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God

Sung on the fourth Sunday of Great Lent in the Eastern Rite Church. The article contains a link to the Akathistos in English.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/news00/0311.html

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The Annunciation



Magisterial Documents

The Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin Mary

Letter of Pope Paul VI to Cardinal Leon Josef von Suenens
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/suenens.html

The Mary Page Resource Documents

Her serving of the whole human race began from the moment of the Annunciation, and her entire life, then and now, was/is one of loving service. (SM 21)
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/SM.html


Liturgy

Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Blessed Virgin Mary and Annunciation of the Lord
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/bvmtext1.htm



Meditations

Feast of the Annunciation

Today's message is about the mystery of Jesus and its revelation. Today's message also deals with the vocation of Mary. A meditation by Johann G. Roten, SM.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/annunciation_homily.html

March 25: Solemnity of the Annunciation Blessed Mary, Ever-Virgin

The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.
Rev. Matthew Mauriello
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/EVERVIRGIN.html

Mary's Fear at the Annunciation

When humans are confronted with the divine in presence or question ("Is there a purpose to life?") they meet the Mystery at the heart of life.
Walter Brennan, O.S.M.
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/FearofAnnunciation.html


Poetry

Thomas Merton's Marian Poetry: The Annunciation - Written in 1946
When the dim light, at Lauds, comes strike her window, Bellsong falls out ...
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry_new/thomasmertonpoetry.html#annunciation


Prayer


Rosary ref Calion the Catechism of the Catholic Church
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/joyful.html



Mary's Life


Magisterial Documents: Theme: The Life of Mary: Sacred Scripture: Annunciation

http://www.udayton.edu/mary/resources/documents/docs6-2b.html


Bible Meditations on Mary
Bertrand Buby, SM
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/memoirs.html



Art


The Annunciation, work of art and explanation by Georgia Askew
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/exhibits/askew/askew154.html

Mary in Stained Glass, Annunciation, Susan Wagner
http://www.udayton.edu/mary/news9596/0396.htm

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