27th September Mary, Star of the Sea


“All generations will call me blessed” [Luke 1:48]: “The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.” The Church rightly honors “the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of ‘Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs. . This very special devotion. It differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration.” The liturgical feasts dedicated to the mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an “epitome of the whole Gospel,” express this devotion to the Virgin Mary. (CCC 971)

The Prayer of Saint Pope John Paul II to Our Lady Star of the Sea

Mary, Star of the Sea, light of every ocean, guide seafarers across all dark and stormy seas that they may reach the haven of peace and light prepared in Him who calmed the sea.
As we set forth upon the oceans of the world and cross the deserts of our time, show us, O Mary, the fruit of your womb, for without your son we are lost.
Pray that we will never fail on life’s journey, that in heart and mind, word and deed, in days of turmoil and in days of calm, we will always look to Christ and say,
‘Who is this that even wind and sea obey him?’
Our Lady of Peace, pray for us!
Bright Star of the Sea, guide us!
Our Lady, Star of the Sea, pray for seafarers, pray for us.

Ave Maris Stella (Hail Star of the Sea)

Hail bright star of ocean,
God’s own Mother blest,
Ever sinless Virgin,
Gate of heavenly rest

Taking that sweet Ave
Which from Gabriel came,
Peace confirms within us,
Changing Eva’s name.

Break the captives’ fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implores.

Show thyself a mother;
May the Word Divine,
Born for us thy Infant,
Hear our prayers through thine

Virgin all excelling,
Mildest of the mild,
Freed from guilt, preserve us,
Pure and undefiled.

Keep our life all spotless,
Make our way secure,
Till we find in Jesus
Joy for evermore

Through the highest heaven
To the Almighty Three
Father, Son, and Sprit
One same glory be,


O God, you have willed that Mary should shine forth as the Star of the Sea and protectress for us who are tossed about on the stormy waves.

Grant that through her help and direction, we may be safe from dangers of soul and body, reaching the port of eternal happiness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Star of the Sea, Light Our Way

Star of the Sea so radiant in the glory of God’s Love,
Your crown outshining all the stars of heaven up above,
O, lovely Queen of Peace, gowned in azure’s of the sea,
Help us find the way to Jesus, in your wise serenity.
We ask you Pearl of Grace to grant us vision, courage, will,
So ‘peace on earth’, that miracle, at last might be fulfilled!
Dear Mother of the Church, blessed beacon of God’s Light,
May you always guide your children on the stormy seas of life.
Make our hearts into safe harbors, where dear Jesus is received
Hear our prayer, O, Spiritual Vessel, Mother of God, Star of the Sea.

Star of Sea and Ocean

Star of sea and ocean, Gateway to God’s haven,
Mother of our Maker, Hear our prayer, O Maiden.
Welcoming the Ave, Gabriel’s simple greeting,
You have borne a Savior Far beyond all dreaming.
Loose the bonds that hold us Bound in sin’s own blindness
That with eyes now opened God’s own light may guide us.
Show yourself our mother; He will hear your pleading
Whom your womb has sheltered
And whose hand brings healing.
Gentlest of all virgins, that our love be faithful
Keep us from all evil, Gentle, strong, and grateful.
Guard us through life’s dangers, never turn and leave us
May our hope find harbor in the calm of Jesus.
Sing to God our Father Through the Son who saves us,
Joyful in the Spirit, Everlasting praises


Our Lady Star of the Sea is the Patroness of those who sail the seas. Our Lady, Star of the Sea, aids not only the sailors aboard ships; she also aids all those who sail the stormy seas of life.

Begin with the Sign of the Cross.



Most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my Mother.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power.


One Our Father, one Hail Mary, one Glory be on each of the three beads.


One Hail Mary on each bead and the following invocations;
Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Help and Protect us
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.
End with the Sign of the Cross.

Hail, O Star of Ocean

Hail, O star of ocean, Gate to joy supernal,
Ever-virgin Mother of the Lord eternal!
Taking that great Ave Once by Gabriel spoken,
Eva’s name reversing, Be of peace our token.
Break the sinners’ fetters, Light to blind restoring,
Every ill dispelling, Every boon imploring.
Show thyself a mother in thy supplication;
He will hear, who chose thee At His Incarnation.
Maiden all excelling, ever meek and holy,
Freed from sin preserve us; Make us pure and lowly.
Keep our life all spotless, all our ways defending,
Till we gaze on Jesus with a Joy unending.
Praise we God the Father, With Christ’s worship blending
And the Holy Spirit, In one praise unending.
(Summit #210)


Mary! A Name too pure for mortal lips
Or language of the seraphim,
First borrowed from the songs of heaven,
It stirs the soul, yet soothes our fears.
O Mary! Who, in joy, or tears,
While onward o’er the surges driven,
Hath e’er unaided called on thee,
Thou Star of life’s tempestuous sea!
Sweet Name of power and virgin love,
Fair as the spotless heavens above,
Bright as the wave beneath the sun,
Pure as the cloudless diamond.
Tabernacle and Purgatory – September 1960.

The Short Litany to Our Lady Star of the Sea:

Our Lady, Star of the Sea,
Pray for us.

Our Lady, Mother of Families,
Pray for us.

Our Lady, Mother of Sorrow,
Pray for us.

Our Lady, Mother of Justice,
Pray for us.

Our Lady, Mother of the Lonely,
Pray for us.

Our Lady, Mother of Joy,
Pray for us.

Our Lady, Mother of Hope,
Pray for us.

Our Lady, Blessed among all Women,
Pray for us.

Our Lady, Mother of God,
Pray for us.

Our Lady, Help of Christians,
Pray for us.

Let us pray:

Father, give your people the joy
of continual health in mind and body.
With the prayers of the Virgin Mary to help us,
guide us through this life to eternal happiness.


Hail, Holy Queen:

Hail, holy Queen,
Mother of mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve:
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus,
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary!


(Indulgence, 5 years; plenary, under usual conditions, for month’s recitation).

Pray for us O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

The Memorare:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help,
and sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins, my mother,
to thee I come,
before thee I stand sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate!
despise not my petitions,
but, in thy mercy, hear and answer me.


(Indulgence, 300 days, each time. Plenary, once a month, on the usual conditions.)

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.


Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy upon all Seafarers.

Our Lady, Star of the Sea,
Pray for us.

St. Peter,
Pray for us.

St. Andrew,
Pray for us.

Lord save us,
or we perish!