The phrase "Ave Maris Stella" is Latin for "Hail, Star of the Sea."
The referencing of Mary as Stella Maris began in the 5th century. Seafarers invoked Mary as Stella Maris, Star of the Sea, because she was the calmer of storms. But Mary's intercessory power extends well beyond the reach of the sea—she truly calms the storms in the lives of all who follow her Son and implore her help.
As St. Bernard of Clairvaux explained, “If the winds of temptation arise; If you are driven upon the rocks of tribulation look to the star, call on Mary; If you are tossed upon the waves of pride, of ambition, of envy, of rivalry, look to the star, call on Mary. Should anger, or avarice, or fleshly desire violently assail the frail vessel of your soul, look at the star, call upon Mary.”
Wear this necklace as a reminder to call on Mary when the storms of life press upon you, following her as the Star that leads to Christ, the Prince of Peace.
This piece is part of our Stella Maris Collection. Our Lady, Star of the Sea has been a pivotal intercessor for Stella & Tide, so this collection holds a special place in our hearts.
Read the full story of Our Lady, Star of the Sea (Stella Maris) in this blog post.
- Available in 14k Gold Filled and Sterling Silver
- 12.7mm x 19mm Charm
- One necklace is included in purchase
- Handmade with love in the USA
- Stella & Tide Original - this stamp was custom designed in-house and can only be found in pieces on our website
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*Please note: this is a hand stamped piece, so no two pieces will look exactly the same. Though we can’t promise perfect lines or spacing, we can guarantee that each piece will be made with careful attention to detail and a lot of love.