The planet Venus is the morning star as seen in this photo from my window. It appear before the rising sun and is lighted by the sun.

“Arise! Arise! Come see the morning star.” This centuries old call from the camp crier, as he rode through the Indian encampment, awakened the people to their day. For the Northern Plains Indians of Montana and the Dakotas, the sighting of the morning star still heralds a new beginning, a new day dawning."

Mary has been given the title "Morning Star" and "Star of the Sea" because like Venus which appears before the sun so Mary appeared before Christ on the horizon or history reflecting the light of Christ who is the light of the world. How did this come about? "In a Parisian manuscript of the 12th century we find the expressions "Stella marina" and "lux matutina" ("star of the sea" and "light of the morning") (Paris, Nat. lat. 5267). It is believed that the author of the Padua Litanies combined these two titles into one to become "stella matutina." (Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio)

Mary is truly the Star of Hope. She had been brought up to hope in the coming Messiah and through her "yes" to Gabriel, the hope of the ages became man. She is the bright morning star preserved from all stain of sin and we turn to you in the brightness of your holiness in the hope of salvation through your Son who died to save us from sin. We turn to you at our hour of death "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners and at the hour of our death." You are now exulted in Glory surpassing in brightness, beauty and holiness all the angels and saints forever.

We are like sailors in a stormy sea. Our lives are tossed to and from pain to temptation and fall many times into sin in order to escape pain or boredom. We need to look and pray to Mary so that she may intercede for us before her Son, our Savior. Sing the Song of Hope.


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1. AVE maris stella,
De Mater alma,
atque semper Virgo,
felix caeli porta.

2. Sumens illud Ave
Gabrielis ore,
funda nos in pace,
mutans Hevae nomen.

3. Solve vincula reis,
profer lumen caecis
mala nostra pelle,
bona cuncta posce.

4. Monstra te esse matrem:
sumat per te preces,
qui pro nobis natus,
tulit esse tuus.

5. Virgo singularis,
inter omnes mites,
nos culpis solutos,
mites fac et castos.

6. Vitam praesta puram,
iter para tutum:
ut videntes Iesum
semper collaetemur.

7. Sit laus Deo Patri,
summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto,
tribus honor unus. Amen.



1. Hail, O Star of ocean,
God's own Mother blest,
Ever sinless Virgin,
Gate of heav'nly rest.

2. Taking that sweet Ave
Which from Gabriel came,
Peace confirm within us,
Changing Eva's name.

3. Break the sinners' fetters,
Make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us,
For all blessing pray.

4. Show thyself a Mother,
May the Word divine
Born for us thine Infant
Hear our prayers through thine.

5. Virgin all excelling,
Mildest of the mild,
Free from guilt preserve us
Meek and undefiled.

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

7. Praise to God the Father,
Honor to the Son,
In the Holy Spirit
Be the glory one. Amen.


9. Christ Our Hope