Stella Maris

Posted by Censor Librorum on Sep 12, 2007 | Categories: Lesbian in a Catholic Sort of Way

“Stella Maris”, “Star of the Sea” is an ancient title for Our Lady, used by seafarers and others associated with the sea. Just as seafarers have traditionally depended on the stars for navigation, so they trust in the protection and guidance of the Mother of God.

Her son, Jesus Christ, accompanied his disciples in their vessels. He helped them in their work and calmed the storms.

Being a seaport town, I would have thought Greenport or one of the other East End towns would have a dedication to Stella Maris. None do. I may rectify that by making my own homemade shrine.

“Look to the star of the sea, call upon Mary in danger, in distress, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. May her name never be far from your lips, or far from your heart. If you follow her, you will not stray; if you pray to her, you will not despair; if you turn your thoughts to her, you will not err. If she holds you, you will not fall; if she protects you, you need not fear; if she is your guide, you will not tire; if she is gracious to you, you will surely reach your destination.”

St.Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), In laudibus Virginis Matris, Homilia 2, 17

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