Feast of Mary Star of the Sea – Reflections and Resources from the Franciscan Sisters
The first features a composition by UW Senior Professor Brett Jones, based on the traditional Marian chant “Regina Caeli,” and an overview by the Bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, Daniel Felton.
Reflects Jones, “I’ve always been intrigued by St. Mary’s titles, especially ‘Star of the Sea.’ So I set about composing a vibraphone solo that I would perform in honor of Mary. The traditional Marian chant, “Regina Caeli,” or Queen of Heaven, runs through my head and can be heard surrounded by flourishes. melodies in the middle of this piece.As we contemplate the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea, may her light be a beacon that guides us to her Son, Jesus Christ.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux captured this moment and how we must respond in supplication to Mary in his 12th century treatise “Homilies on the Gospel ‘Missus est’”: If the winds of temptation rise; If you are pushed on the rocks of the tribulation, look at the star, invoke Mary; If you are tossed about by the waves of pride, ambition, envy, rivalry, look to the star, invoke Mary. “
Also, a brief history of the origins of her name by Madison Wisconsin Writer Meg Matenaer https://fscc-calledtobe.org/2022/09/24/why-do-we-call-mary-star-of-the-sea- by -meg-matenaer/
“The Catholic Encyclopedia mentions that this title of Mary comes from the translation of Eusebius by Saint Jerome in the fifth century in which he translates the name of Mary into Hebrew – Miryam, which means drop of the sea – into Latin Stilla Maris, which later became Stella Maris due to a Latin peasant dialect.
Images shown are Star of the Sea Parish, San Francisco, California, and original Our Lady Star of the Sea icons written by parish iconographer Pavel Tikhomirov, and Star of the Sea Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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