|Q: Is there a votive Mass to
Our Lady of the Sea?
A: The Marian title
"Star of the Sea" is quite popular among seafarers (see YQ: What is
the origin of Mary's title "Star of the Sea"). There is also a
votive mass granted by the Congregation for Divine Worship to the
Aposolatus Maris and priests associated with the Apostolate
of the Sea.
Confirmation of the Proper Text for
the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea
On August 29, 1995, the National
Conference of Catholic Bishops received the decree of the
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments,
dated August 2, 1995, confirming the proper English text for the Mass
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea. This Mass is intended
for use by those engaged in the Apostolate of the Sea. The following
is an unofficial translation of that decree:
United States of America
At the request of His Excellency
William Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, President of the
Conference of Bishops in the United States of America, contained in a
letter dated December 28, 1994, and in virtue of the faculty granted
to this Congregation by the Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II, we gladly
confirm, ad interim and for a period of tree years, the English text
of the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea, for use by
priests associated with the Apostolate of the Sea, as given in the
When the text is printed, this entire
decree, by which the request to the Apostolic See has been confirmed,
is to be included. Two copies of the printed text should be sent to
From the offices of the Congregation
for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, August 2,
Archbishop Gerardo M. Agnelo
Mario Lessi-Ariosto, S.J.
MASS IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
MARY, STAR OF THE SEA
(The text of this votive Mass is taken
from Prayer Book for Catholic Seafarers by Father C.C.
Martindale, S.J. For many years the Mass was used on the Second
Sunday in May which was designated, in many parts of the world as
Stella Maris Sunday. The readings from Sacred Scripture are
taken from the New American Bible translation. Since the
published text did not have a Response following the first Reading
this editor has made this Response based on Psalm 107 which had
previously been used in the Tract of the Mass composed before the
Second Vatican Council. The editor recommends that permission of the
local Ordinary be obtained before using this text.)
O Lord, Our Lord, how admirable is
your name in all the earth.
Or: A star shall advance from Jacob,
and a staff shall rise from Israel.
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.
FIRST READING: Wisdom
But your providence, O Father guides
it, for you have furbished even in the sea a road, and through the
waves a steady path. Showing that you can save from any danger, so
that even one without skill may embark. But you will that the
products of your Wisdom be not idle; therefore men trust their lives
even to frailest wood, and have been safe crossing the surge on a
raft. For of old, when the proud giants were being destroyed, the
hope of the universe, who took refuge on a raft, left to the world a
future for his race, under the guidance of Your hand. For blest is
the wood through which Justice comes about.
RESPONSE: Psalm 107:23-30
Response: They who sailed the sea in
ships saw the works of the Lord.
They who sailed the sea in ships,
trading on the deep water, these saw the works of the Lord and his
wonders in the abyss.
His command raised up a storm wind
which tossed its waves on high.
They mounted up to heaven; they sank to the depths; their hearts
melted away in their plight.
They reeled and staggered like drunken
men, and all their skill was swallowed up. They cried to the Lord in
their distress, from their straits he rescued them.
He hushed the storm to a gentle
breeze, and the billows of the sea were stilled; they rejoiced that
they were calmed, and he brought them to their desired
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: Wisdom
She is the refulgence of eternal
light, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of his
GOSPEL: Luke 1:26-28
And in the sixth month the angel
Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to
a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of
David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto
her, and said, "Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with
thee: blessed art thou among women."
PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
Look kindly upon this sacrifice, O
Lord, so that we who are weighed down by our sins, may obtain pardon
and grace through the intercession of blessed Mary, through Christ
PREFACE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
We ask, O Lord, that the powerful
intercession of your glorious Mother, help us so that, freed from
every danger by your continuous blessings, we may under her motherly
watchfulness be united in fraternal charity. You, who lives and
reigns with God, the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God
forever and ever. Amen.