Saturday, August 26, 2023

Stella Maris Block Print- Feast Day 9/27

The Feast of Our Lady, Star of the Sea is celebrated on September 27th. Also called Stella Maris, this devotion to Mary has been around since the 5th century and is especially popular with sailors and coastal towns, but is also just a beautiful symbol of how the Blessed Virgin guides us during the storms of life.

St. Thomas Aquinas wrote: It is surely fitting that her name is ‘Mary,’ which is akin to the Star of the Sea (‘Maria—maris stella’), for just as sailors are directed to port by the star of the sea, so also Christians are by Mary guided to glory.

When I was working on my Names of Mary block carving collection a few years ago, I knew I wanted to create an image of Stella Maris. I'd like to share a 5x7 printable from that project with you! This image was originally hand drawn by me, transferred to a rubber block, carved out, and then printed like a stamp. This is a true scan of that print that you are welcome to hang as art in your home or classroom or use as a feast day decoration!

Click here for the print:

And you can also find it included on these Names of Mary Bookmarks:

And if you are interested in more info on Stella Maris, the devotion has a whole chapter in my book Through the Year with Mary! Complete with a kid friendly explanation, full color artwork with discussion prompts, reflection questions, a prayer, and a connection to Jesus, the goal of the book is to help you have good conversations with your kids!

Click here to find in from my publisher the St. Paul Center or here to find it on Amazon!

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