Star of Sea and Ocean

This Marian hymn is in the Divine Office, and is popular among seafarers.

Some sources say it was written by English Roman Catholic Benedictine monk, Ralph Wright OSB (b 1938), with credit now being given to Ampleforth Abbey Trustees. However others describe it as being public domain having been translated from a 9th century poem by Edward Caswall (1814-78).

With the meter 66 66, tunes it has been set to include:
  • AVE MARIA STELLIS (the most common one)
  • TURRIS DAVIDICA (in the Veritas Hymnal)


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Singer with backing track, unnamed tune, composer unknown, used in some religious communities:

Singer with organ, plainchant, tune AVE MARIA STELLIS

Singer with guitar:

Instrumental - tune ST MARTIN


Star of sea and ocean,
Gateway to God's haven,
Mother of our Maker,
Hear our prayer, O Maiden.

Welcoming the Ave,
Gabriel's simple greeting,
You have borne a Savior
Far beyond all dreaming.

Loose the bonds that hold us
Bound in sin's own blindness
That with eyes now opened
God's own light may guide us.

Show yourself our mother;
He will hear your pleading
Whom your womb has sheltered
And whose hand brings healing.

Gentlest of all virgins,
That our love be faithful
Keep us from all evil,
Gentle, strong, and grateful.

Guard us through life's dangers,
Never turn and leave us
May our hope find harbor
In the calm of Jesus.

Sing to God our Father
Through the Son who saves us,
Joyful in the Spirit,
Everlasting praises.

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