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On Advent Eve: the Mother of God in art, theology, and music

Date: Saturday 2nd December 2023

Time: 10:15am to 6:00pm

Venue: The Waldegrave Drawing Room

Join the Centre for Marian Studies at St Mary’s University 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, Domestic Chaplain to HM The King and Rector of Sandringham Group of Churches
  • Professor Jacob Phillips, Dean of ​the Faculty of Education, Theology, and the Arts at St Mary’s University
  • 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.


The schedule is:

  • 10.15am: welcome
  • 10.30am: Dr Darrelyn Gunzburg, "Reflecting on Mary: The Splendour of the Madonna in the Lower Church of Assisi"
  • 11.30am: break
  • 12pm: Reverend Canon Dr. Paul Williams, “Merry Christmas Archbishop: Cranmer’s contribution to Anglican Marian liturgy and its subsequent development”
  • 1pm: lunch
  • 2.12pm: Professor Jacob Phillips, “Daughter Zion Revisited: Joseph Ratzinger's Mariology and Contemporary Theology”
  • 3.15pm: break
  • 3.45pm: Professor Emeritus Fr. Richard Price, “Some questions about Our Lady in today’s Church”
  • 4.45pm: short break
  • 5pm: Dom Peter Burns, Cherry-Willow Pauls and Members of the Ealing Abbey Schola, “Music for an Advent Lady Mass”
  • 5.45pm: closing remarks.

Registration and fees

Please book by 20th November 2023.

The in-person rate includes coffee, tea, and a sandwich lunch.

The rates are:

  • full rate: £40
  • Members of the Centre for Marian Studies: £30
  • postgraduate students and attendees on reduced income: £10
  • online Zoom link: £10.

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