Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Arran notes #1

We were lucky to spend October week on Arran. I love the sea and find being by the sea uniquely restful. On the ferry over I thought a lot about my parents. It came through the words of Fr John Lingard's hymn which was the recessional hymn at both my parents' Requiem Masses. The passage over brought the hymn to mind.

Hail, Queen of heav'n, the ocean star,
Guide of the wand'rer here below;
Thrown on life's surge, we claim thy care
Save us from peril and from woe.
Mother of Christ, Star of the sea,
Pray for the wand'rer, pray for me.

O gentle, chaste, and spotless Maid,
We sinners make our pray'rs through thee;
Remind thy Son that He has paid
The price of our iniquity.
Virgin most pure, Star of the sea,
Pray for the sinner, pray for me.

Sojourners in this vale of tears,
To thee, blest advocate, we cry;
Pity our sorrows, calm our fears,
And soothe with hope our misery.
Refuge in grief, Star of the sea,
Pray for the mourner, pray for me.

And while to Him who reigns above
In Godhead One, in Persons Three,
The source of life, of grace, of love,
Homage we pay on bended knee:
Do thou, bright Queen, Star of the sea,
Pray for thy children, pray for me.

How lucky we are to have the Queen of Heaven as our Protectress. How tender a Mother has the Lord given us.

I was lucky to have these views to greet me through my bedroom window each morning.

Mater Christi, Stella Maris, Ora pro nobis!!!


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