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On Advent Eve: The Mother of God in Art, Theology and Music

Hosted by the Centre for Marian Studies

and the School of Theology at St Mary's University

Saturday 2nd December 2023

Seated Expectant Virgin Mary (1430-1440), National Gallery Prague*

We hope that you will join us at St Mary’s University on 2nd December, the eve of Advent, for a one-day conference to explore the significance of the Mother of God in images, words and music.

Our guest speakers are Dr. Darrelyn Gunzburg, who teaches Cultural Astronomy and Astrology run by the Sophia Centre at The University of Wales Trinity Saint David; the Rev’d Canon Dr. Paul Williams, who is Domestic Chaplain to HM The King and Rector of Sandringham Group of Churches; Professor Jacob Phillips, who is Dean of ​the Faculty of Education, Theology, and the Arts at St Mary’s University; and Professor Emeritus Fr. Richard Price, who taught the History of Christianity at Heythrop College, London. The event will conclude with a performance of Marian music by Dom Peter Burns, Cherry-Willow Pauls and Members of the Ealing Abbey Schola.

If you cannot attend in person, there is the option to register for the Zoom link and watch live or on “catch up”. However, please note that only the academic papers (and not the music recital) will be available online.

Please find more details below and visit the Events Page at St Mary's University to register:

PROGRAMME Waldegrave Drawing Room, St Mary's University 10:15 Welcome 10:30 Dr. Darrelyn Gunzburg —"Reflecting on Mary: The Splendour of the Madonna in the Lower Church of Assisi" 11:30 Break 12:00 Reverend Canon Dr. Paul Williams — “Merry Christmas Archbishop: Cranmer’s contribution to Anglican Marian liturgy and its subsequent development” 13:00 Lunch 14:15 Professor Jacob Phillips — “Daughter Zion Revisited: Joseph Ratzinger's Mariology and Contemporary Theology” 15:15 Break 15:45 Professor Emeritus Fr. Richard Price — “Some questions about Our Lady in today’s Church” 16:45 Short Break 17:00 Dom Peter Burns, Cherry-Willow Pauls and Members of the Ealing Abbey Schola — "Music for an Advent Lady Mass' 17:45 Closing remarks

Registration Please book your place by 20th November 2023 The in-person rate includes coffee, tea and a sandwich lunch. · Full rate: £40 · Reduced rate for Members of the Centre for Marian Studies: £30 · Rate for postgraduate students and attendees on reduced income: £10 Optional attendance via Zoom · Online Zoom link: £10 Register here:

If you have any questions about this event, please send an email to:

* This image is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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