Our Lady, Star of the Sea
The miraculous statue of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, a carved wooden figure is a work of magnificent beauty. The statue is held in great reverence, especially in the Netherlands.
In Maastricht in the Netherlands, the first chapel on that side of the Alps was dedicated to her. Later this chapel became a place for pilgrims. It was situated on the banks of the river. An old statue had been venerated there but had been replaced. The Guild of Tanners donated the new statue and soon it was honored as much as the old one, especially by seamen. The new statue was made about the year 1420-1430 in Bohemia. The name 'Star of the Sea' was added around the year 1700, after lives were miraculously saved during a shipwreck. The original name was Our Lady of Maastricht.
Today, the Star of the Sea of Maastricht is well known. Tens of thousands of her pictures, with the heavenly smile, hang on the walls of houses, convents, schools, barracks, ships and hospitals. Her chapel in Maastricht is never without people praying.
The Fraternity of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, an association
which has existed for many centuries, attends to the statue and to its
veneration. August 15 is the main feast for the Star of the Sea
in the city of Maastricht and the surroundings.
The former Mayor of Maastricht, Baron Michiels van Kessenich,
stated: "Those who know the sorrow of a family without a mother, know
also how rich we are to have Mother Mary in our church."
Prayer to Our Lady Star of the Sea
O, Mary, Star of the Sea,
I beg and implore you, kindest mother,
Remember, most merciful mother,