Friday, August 29, 2008

Marian Title "Star of the Sea"..........August 29

"Look to the Star! Call Mary!"
St. Bernard of Clairvaux

If we do this we will NEVER be lost
for she will always lead us to safe harbor,
and that harbor is Christ.

above shared from
Fr. Scott Bailey, C.Ss.R.

Here is his "Evening Devotions" BLOG


Anonymous said...

Stella Maris = Star of the Sea

Is anyone else old enough to remember this beautiful hymn?

Ave, maris stella,
Dei mater alma,
Atque semper virgo,
Felix coeli porta.
Ave, ave, maris stella.
Ave, ave, maris stella.
Ave, ave, ave maris stella.


josef_63 said...

This image of our loving Mother is one of my favorites! The author of the text is so correct in saying Mary will always lead us to her son! She is the Best Mother any of us can have, she never fails us; just as our earthly Mother's want the best for us so does she. May her prayers keep us safe and lead us to the Heavenly Port only to be greeted by her Son! Micki, once again my sincerest Thanks for sharing such Treasures with all of us! John K.

Marilena said...

beautiful!!! my hubby frank has a new catholic blog!!!
its called cornelius's corner:) you may visit it by clicking on the words, cornelius's corner on my post about it on my blog:)

Kelly said...

I've always loved this depiction of Mary. I have yet to be able to find a Star of the Sea card to add to my collection though! :(

Micki said...

John - I can't remember what song we sing (in English) at church now but there is a line that uses the words "star of the sea". I'm sure yours is beautiful.

John K. - What wonderful aditional words to contemplate. Thank you for posting them here.

Marilena - Thanks. We will check it out.

Kelly - Thanks for stopping by. I'm sure the card is out there waiting for you. I think I've seen them in religious stores????

Anonymous said...

You made me remember another great old hymn, which may or may not be the one you know:

Ave, Maria, thou virgin and mother,
Softly thy children are calling to thee.
Thine are the graces unclaimed by another,
Sinless and beautiful Star of the Sea.

Ave, Maria, the night shades are falling.
Softly our voices are arise unto thee.
Earth's lonely exiles for succor are calling,
Sinless and beautiful Star of the Sea.

Ave, Maria, thy children are kneeling.
Words of endearment are whispered to thee.
Softly thy spirit upon us is stealing,
Sinless and beautiful Star of the Sea.

Ave, Maria, thy arms are extending.
Gladly within them for shelter we flee.
Are thy sweet eyes on thy lonely ones bending,
Sinless and beautiful Star of the Sea?

This hymn, and others like it, were unjustifiably removed from hymnals around the mid-1960s, because of a misunderstanding of some Church documents, a misguided form of ecumenism, and a fear that the hymns were too "schmaltzy" (sentimental).


Micki said...

John - You make me laugh...I love it. Yes, you are right and by the way, I am now officially considered "schmaltzy" (insert big laugh here!)

Micki said...

PS.... Thank you John because now I have a few more things to quote from for the next "Star of the Sea" card.

Micki said...

PPS....John, I didn't mean to say that this was the song we now sing in church. I checked and found the one we do sing now.

Hail Queen of heaven, the ocean star, guide of the wand'rer here below, thrown on life's surge, we claim thy care; save us from peril and from woe. Mother of Christ, star of the sea, pray for the wand'rer, pray for me.

More verses follow the above

Anonymous said...

Yes, I am familiar with THAT hymn, too, Micki.
It is another "oldie, but goodie."

Kelly said...

micki, i just found a copy on ebay! :)

Micki said...

Kelly - I'm happy that you found a card. I love the title "Star of the Sea". I also added your site to my links.

Kelly said...

thank you! i bought that one and one of st. ursula. i have too many cards but they're addictive. :)