Mary, Star of the Sea

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This wonderful Medieval plainsong is a hymn to Mary, Star of The Sea, ( Stella Maris).

As I live in Cornwall surrounded by the sea it brings to me the deep sense of winter, the ocean wide and deep.

May the stillness and silence of this last week of Advent enfold you, and may the bright evening star from the East of the heavens soothe your soul.

I can't find a translation of the lyrics to the song as sung here but below is a version of a different setting.

1. Hail, bright star of ocean,
God's own Mother blest,
Ever sinless Virgin,
Gate of heavenly rest.
2. Taking that sweet Ave
Which from Gabriel came,
Peace confirm within us,
Changing Eva's name.
3. Break the captives' fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.
4. Show thyself a Mother;
May the Word Divine,
Born for us thy Infant,
Hear our prayers through thine.
5. Virgin all excelling,
Mildest of the mild,
Freed from guilt, preserve us,
Pure and undefiled.
6. Keep our life all spotless,
Make our way secure,
Till we find in Jesus,
Joy forevermore.
7. Through the highest heaven
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son and Spirit,
One same glory be. Amen.

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