Note: This is a work-in-progress. 🙂

This is our rough outline for a Marian study we’re doing in May, covering art, geography, religion, history and the liturgical year. It’s a combination of ideas culled from the Blessed Mother Notebook Project message thread at the 4Real Forums, and a collection of magazine articles and religious calendars that I’ve been collecting the past several years. Yena (11, entering 7th grade) will be doing a main notebook based on the choices and references I’ve listed below — we’ll start out with a goal of 20 pages and expand as needed/desired. Nino and I will be doing a little one for him with mostly holy cards, stickers, and short prayers to memorize. I’m putting a little booklet for my bedside table, with my favorite images and Marian prayers.

Will update/fix links below as I’m able.

1) Mary the Mother of God – January 1 – Solemnity
Icons of the Mother of God
– for teens and up: Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical Marialis Cultus
Mary, Mother of God according to the Church fathers
Beautiful homily from Pope Benedict XVI on January 1, 2012

2) Litany of Loreto – incorporate pictures from Loreto trip 2009
– Calligraphy Work

3) Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11 – incorporate pics from Lourdes trip 2008
Image 1
Image 2
Image 3
Re-watch The Song of Bernadette
Additional reading, if you like: The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel

4) Our Lady of Fatima – incorporate pictures from Portugal trip 2013
Fatima from Mary Pages
Miracle of the Sun image

For calligraphy work: the Fatima prayer

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

5) Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12 –
– narration of story of Juan Diego
– illustration of tilma, roses,

6) Annunciation of the Lord – March 25 – Solemnity
The Annunciation, Eugene Amaury-Duval (see calendar)

7) Immaculate Heart of Mary – April – Memorial, Movable

8) Our Lady Help of Christians – May 24 – Solemnity, Australia

9) Our Lady of Antipolo

10) Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15 – Solemnity

11) Queenship of Mary – August 22, Memorial

12) Mama Mary’s Birthday – September 8 – Feast

13) Our Lady of Sorrows – September 15 – Memorial

14) Our Lady of the Rosary – October 7, Memorial

15) The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – November 21 – Memorial

16) Immaculate Conception, December 8 – Solemnity

17) Make a mosaic of a Marian image

18) Scherenschnitte of a Marian image

19) Compile a list of the Marian title for Patroness of all the Countries – can do this on world map — or list of basilicas/Cathedrals around the world dedicated to Mary
– can explore architecture, stained glass,

JPII’s prayer:
“Virgin Mother of God, let me be all yours!
Yours in life, yours in death, yours in affliction, fear and misery.
Yours on the Cross and in bitter grief, yours for time and eternity.
Virgin Mother of my GOd, let me be all yours! Amen”

-Pope John Paul II
(taken from A Year With God)

Polish Madonna
Polish Madonna Prints and Notecards
Black Madonnas

23) Mary, Star of the Sea – Our Lady, Stella Maris

24) Our Lady of the Olives:

25) Paper dolls of Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe

26) Mary’s Life

27) Marian Holy Cards — Mom do a google search — so many beautiful ones!!

28) Madonna of the Streets:

29) Madonna of the Book by Botticelli

30) Marian Art from Bouguereau

31) Dormi, Jesu by Coleridge’s_Cradle_Hymn

32) Madonna and Child, Murillo

33) L’Innocence, Bouguereau

35) Madonna and Child, Antoine Auguste Ernest Herbert

36) Madonna with Child and Two Angels, Fra Filippo Lippi

37) Virgin and Child, Giambettino Cignaroli

38) Holy Family, Carlo Maratta

39) Holy Family, Agnolo Bronzino

40) Virgin and Child, Bernard Van Orley

41) Madonna with Christ Child Blessing, Giovanni Bellini

42) Madonna in Adoration of the Sleeping Child, Giovanni Bellini

43) The Immaculate Conception of Aranjuez, Murillo

44) Rest on the Flight to Egypt, Simone Cantarini

45) Presentation in the Temple, Giovanni Bellini

46) Lamentation over the Dead Christ, Botticelli

47) The Visitation, Vittore Carpaccio

48) Virgin and Child, Francesco da Santacroce

49) Nativity with Saints James the Greater, Eustace, Nicholas, and Mark

50) The Virgin of the Rosary, Murillo

51) Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, Niccolo Soggi

52) Virgin of the Grapes, Mignard

53) Madonna and Child with the young St. John the Baptist, Sandro Botticelli

54) The Virgin of Lorette, Raphael

55) Madonna with Child, Bartolomeo Montagna

56) Holy Family, Raphael

57) The Nativity, Noel-Nicolas Coypel

58) Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Caravaggio

59) Annunciation, Rodriguez Hernandez

60) Madonna of the Rose Bower, Stephan Lochner

61) Little Garden of Paradise, Oberrheinischer Meister

62) Song of the Angels, Bouguereau

63) Nativity/With Lamb (unknown)

64) Madonna and Child, Jusepe de Ribera

65) The Virgin at Prayer by Quentin Massys

66) Virgin of Sorrows by Sassoferrato

67) Madonna and Child by Marianne Stokes

68) Luke 2:5-7, 41-48

69) Song of Songs 6:10, Revelation 12:1

70) Mary’s “Biography” using guide from Anne Neuberger

References and Additional Resources:

Meditations on the Litany of Loreto, for the Month of May
Virtual Tour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Web Gallery of Art
Marian Feasts in the General Roman Calendar
Our Lady’s Litany: Readings and Reflections
MaryLinks Calendar
Marian Feasts
Forum Discussion on Christian symbols
Stories about Marian shrines, excerpts from Shrines to Our Lady
Shrines to Our Lady Around the World
Dan Paulos
Hail Holy Queen: Reflections on a Well-Known Prayer by John Collins, SJ
Life of the Virgin Mary papercuttings
Dan Paulos at Trinity Stores
Ikon Gallery
Marian Icons
Blessed Virgin Mary Stickers
Marian Stickers
Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue
Legends of the Madonna, The Carpenter’s Shop
Mary’s Book
Nicolo Barabino’s Madonnas
Holy Cards
Marian Holy Cards