Mary in Chartres Cathedral: English
Chartres, Association des Amis de Centre Médieval Européen de (2004), Representation of Woman (Chartres, France: Cristal Communication).
A short guide to an exposition showing in Chartres in 2004.
Spitzer, Laura (1994), ‘The Cult of the Virgin and Gothic Sculpture: Evaluating Opporsition in the Chartres West Facade Capital Frieze’, Gesta 33:132-50.
An exploration of the unusual depictions of Mary on the western capital friezes.
Tripp, Judith (2004), Poems from a Spring in Chartres (Woodacre, CA: Circleway Books).
A collection of poems written during a two month sojourn in Chartres, including poems from Holy Week. For copies, contact Judith Tripp P O Box 1006 Woodacre, CA 94973 Judith@circleway.com
Mary in Chartres Cathedral: French
Delaporte, Y. Les Trois Notre-Dame De La Cathédrale De Chartres: Études Suivie De La Liste Des Images De La Vierge Apartenant a La Cathédrale Et De Quelques Mots Sur Le Peleringe De Chartres (Chartres, France: Éditions Houvet).
A study of the three most famous depictions of Mary in Chartres Cathedral: Our Lady of the Pillar, Our Lady Below the Earth, Our Lady of the Beautiful Window. A complete listing of depictions of Mary is included. JKHG.
Marchant, Jean le (1973), Miracles De Notre-Dame De Chartres (Chartres: Société Archéologique d’Eure-et-Loir).
This book catalogues many miracles attributed to Mary at Chartres.
Mary, General in English:
Ball, Ann (2004), The Other Faces of Mary. Stories, Devotions, and Pictures of the Holy Virgin around the World (New York: Crossroad Publishing Co.).
“…tells us the rich stories of the other faces of Mary–each one beautiful and unexpected, and all of them a tribute to the enduring power of the Mother of God around the world.
Passages include local stories of the devotions and miracles of the Virgin, as well as testimonies and letters from people around the owld who have experienced the Virgin in one of her many aspects. By looking at these other face of Mary, we see the cultural diversity and universal truth of the Catholic Church.” Publisher.
Blancy, Alain, et al. (1999), Mary in the Plan of God and in the Communion of Saints (New York: Paulist Press).
“…The Dombes Group in south central France, comprised of Roman Catholic and Reformed scholars, has taken a fresh look at the place of Mary in the Christian faith and concluded that she has been more the victim than the cause of discord. The participants found themselves ‘at one’ in their acceptance of the virginal conception and the motherhood of Mary. At the same time, the group reminded their coreligionists of ares where both sides still need to be ‘converted’ to authentic Christianity. While warning against the excesses of goddess-theology, they nevertheless concluded that Mary exemplifies ‘the decisive and perfect example of the Yes which Christian faith must utter.” Publisher.
Boff, Lina (2007), Mary and the Feminine of God: For a Marian Spirituality (Chicago: Servite Coalition for Justice).
“My approach…is based on the following position: the feminine of God is an image of the total and radical love of God as it is manifested in the community of love revealed in Jesus Christ through the Spirit. In human relationships, the love can be expressed in the feminine or masculine way of being of the human person. I acknowledge that the language of this dimension of love is present in men, women, the world, and God.” Author.
Cunneen, Sally (1996), In Search of Mary, the Woman and the Symbol. (New York: Ballantine Books).
“Including the latest findings by historians, anthropologists and psychologists, as well as art historians and religious scholars, In Search of Mary follows the history and development of Mary’s image over the last two thousand years and explores the ways that Mary has transformed the lives of people today”. Publisher.
Elizondo, Virgil (1998), Guadalupe–Mother of the New Creation (Mary Knoll, NY: Orbis).
“Elizondo shows the significance and relevance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the church universal at the dawn of a new millennium”. Publisher. “A liberating and beautiful retelling of the story of Guadalupe”. Thomas Groome.
Ford-Grabowsky, Mary (2007), The Way of Mary. Following Her Footsteps to God (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press).
“…ponders Mary’s life in fidelity to the Scriptures and calls on theologians, monks, and holy women, as well as mystics and fathers of the Church, to give us a portrait of Mary that is faithful to Catholic tradition and biblical sources and filled with the life and vitality that comes from prayer.” Bishop John M. D’Arcy.
Gebara, I, and M Mingemer (1989), Mary, Mother of God, Mother of the Poor (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis).
“This book is the first thorough reflection on the importance of Mary by women writing from the perspective of Latin American liberation theology”. Publisher.
Houselander, Caryll (2006), The Reed of God (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press).
“Lovingly bringing Our Lady down off her time-honoured, ancient pedestal, Houselander shares her insightful vision of Mary on earth, Mary among us . . . she writes in the mystical tradition of Julian of Norwich”. Publisher.
Johnson, Elizabeth (2006), Dangerous Memories: A Mosaic of Mary in Scripture (New York: Continuum).
“This book represents Chapter 10, “The Dangerous Memory of Mary: A Mosaic”, in its entirety from Johnson’s book Truly our Sister A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints, with a new introduction and a short bibliography”. It is a feminist exegesis of thirteen scripture passages referring to Mary. Publisher.
Johnson, Elizabeth A. (2005), Truly Our Sister. A Theology of Mary in theCommunion of Saints (New York: Continuum).
“…convinced that history is the arena of encounter with God, Johnson seeks to understand Mary’s meaning as a particular person with her own life to compose.
…approaching her as an actual human being surprises us with the discover that she too struggled, that her own journeyin Vatican II’s poetic prose, was a pilgrimage of faith, including sojourning in a dark cloud.” Publisher.
Krymow, Vincenzina (2002), Mary’s Flowers: Gardens, Legends, & Meditations (Cincinnati, OH: St. Anthony Messenger Press).
“Since medieval times, flowers have taken their names from the virtues of Mary, or events in her life. Learn the legends that fostered such names, and their biblical origins. Spend time with the meditations they inspire.” Publisher.
Lynch, John W. (1968), Woman Wraped in Silence (New York: Paulist Press).
“The story of Mary is told completely with remarkable depth of human insight, and mounts in beauty and power as it goes along, till in the dark, almost unbearably real climax of the pain, the glory, the defeat, the long inaugural of Calvary the Woman Wrapped in Silence becomes wholly magnificent in her last Tremendous majesty.” Publisher.
Pelikan, Jaroslav (1996), Mary through the Centuries. Her Place in the History of Culture (New Haven: Yale University Press).
“…for anyone seeking an introduction to the cultural history of the figure of Mary…” David Myers, Chicago Tribune.
Perry, Tim (2006), Mary for Evangelicals. Towards an Understanding of the Mother of Our Lord (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press).
“From the fathers to feminists, Tim Perry surveys the history of Marian traditions and comes to some conclusions that are bound to prod and provoke. …his two main points: that evangelicals need to take a frest look at Mary in light of the biblical witness, and that such reflection must be christologically grounded.” Timothy George.
Rahner, Karl (1990), ‘Marian Devotion Today’ in Faith in a Wintry Season. Conversations and Interviews with Karl Rahner in the Last Years of His Life (New York: Crossroad): 84-91.
A very clear discussion of Marian theology in light of Protestant reservations about the mediating role of Mary. Other topics addressed include the status of Mary, Mary’s virginity, and prayer to Mary within the context of the Communion of the Saints. JKHG.
Schoemperlen, Diane (2001), Our Lady of the Lost and Found (NY: Penguin Books). “As our narrator learns the remarkable history of one of the most influential and complex women of al time, she is moved to examine life’s big questions and her own capacity for fath. Witty and gently ironic, this inventive and profound novel is an inspiration to believers and non-believers alike”. Publisher.
Schmaus, Michael (1975), “Mariology” In Encyclopedia of Theology: The Concise Sacramentum Mundi., ed. Karl Rahner (NY: Crossroad/Seabury): 893-905.
Weber, Christin Lore. Circle of Mysteries: The Woman’s Rosary Book. (St. Paul: Yes International Publishers) 1995.
Weems, Renita (1988), ‘Unbegrudged Blessings: Elizabeth and Mary’ in Just a Sister Away. A Womanist Vision of Women’s Relationships in the Bible. (San Diego: LuraMedia): 113-28.
An examination of the visitation narrative. Includes questions for reflection.
Zimmer, Mary (1993), ‘Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The Hardest Words’ in Sister Images. Guided Meditations from the Stories of Biblical Woman (Nashville: Abingdon Press): 133-38.
Brief meditation in which one incorporates the messages of the Annunciataion and Visitation into her/his own life.
Mary, General in French:
(2006), Art Sacre: Images De La Vierge Dans L’art Du Vitrail: Actes Du Colloque De Bourges 16-18 October 2003 (Poitiers: Rencontre avec la Patrimoine Religieux).
The proceedings of a 2003 conference on Mary in Medieval stained glass windows in France.
Cassagnes-Brouquet, Sophie, and Jean-Pierre Cassagnes (1990), Vierges Noires. Regard et Fascination (Rodez, France: Éditions du Rouergue).
Chapters include Black Virgins in France and Europe, “Found” Virgins, Wandering Virgins, Iconography of Black Virgins, Thorny problems of origins, Pilgrimages and Processions, Miracles and Delivrances, Disappearance of Black Virgins, and Conclusions.
Dombes, Groupe des (1997), Marie Dans Le Dessein De Dieu Et La Communion Des Saints I: Dans L’histoire Et L’écriture (Paris: Bayard Éditions).
A joint release from Catholic and Protestant scholars working on Mary.
Musical Resources Relating to Mary:
Anonymous 4. (2002), La Belle Marie. Songs to the Virgin from 13th Century France (Los Angeles: Haomonia Mundi USA), Musical CD.
One hour of songs to the Virgin Mary from 13th century France. JKHG.
Bell, John L. (1997), Psalms of David, Songs of Mary (Chicago: GIA Publications, Inc.).
Seven songs of Mary (annunciation, nativity, presentation, rejection, cross, resurrection, and assumption).
Deschamps, Anne-Marie (1999), Cluny: La Vierge (the Virgin) (France: Harmonia Mundi Distribution).
Songs of Peter the Venerable from the 12th Century.
Moines de Saint Benoit sur Liturgies Saint Benoit Sur Loire: Messe De La Sainte Vierge (Chant Grégorien) (Corcelles les Citeaux: Studio RdG Association Art & Culture).
The sung mass for the Holy Virgin Mary including the chante d’entrée, Graduel, Alleluia, Chant d’offertoire and the Chant de communion. JKHG.
Robert, Philippe, and Bénedictines de Sacré Couer de Montmartre (1997), Marie. Mère De La Vie (Paris: Studio SM).
Eighteen songs in French that focus on Mary. JKHG.
English Resources Relating to Mary Indirectly:
Galland, China (1990), Longing for Darkness. Tara and the Black Madonna (New York: Viking).
“Black images of divinty have a long tradition in Eastern religions and in Europoean Catholocism. Finding herself drawn to these mysterious dieties, China Galland began to investigate the meaning of darkness in divine images in the East and West, a process which she recounts… Her book vividly describes her journey to the places where these images are venerated today.” Viking.
Johnson, Elizabeth (2006), Dangerous Memories: A Mosaic of Mary in Scripture (New York: Continuum).
This book “provides a theology of the communion of saints utilizing women’s practices of memory . . . dialoguing with history and systematically interpreting the symbol to create a transformed society of mutuality and compassionate respect”. Publisher.
Kidd, Sue Monk (2002), The Secret Life of Bees (New York: Viking Press).
“A wonderful novel about mothers and daughters and the transcendent power of love, all the while masterfully illuminating the feminine face of God”. Connie May Flower. “The Black Madonna presides over a household of strong, wise women”. Publisher.
Nelson, Gertrude Mueller (1986), To Dance with God. Family Ritual and Community Celebration. (New York: Paulist Press).
“…covers the history, psychology, and spirituality of ritual in general and Christian ritual in particular. Enlivened by pithy and insightful examples…” Publisher.