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Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America


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“Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on all seafarers: Our Lady, Star of the Sea, St. Peter, St. Andrew, pray for us. Lord, save us or we perish.” (Mt 8:25)



The chaplet of Our Lady Star of the Sea has a medal of Our Lady of Carmel, three separate beads, and 12 additional beads.


Our Lady Star of the Sea is the patroness of those who sail the seas. According to Saint Bonaventure she is also the one who guides to a landfall in heaven those who navigate the sea of this world in the "ship of innocence or penance." Our Lady aids not only sailors, she assists those who sail the stormy seas of life.


This Chaplet is said as follows:

The prayer begins with the medal. Holding the medal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, you say this prayer:

Most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power.

The first three beads are for one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be. These three beads are for John Paul II, Bishop Warren Boudreaux and John Paul Finke (The Confraternity of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Morgan City, Louisiana, was established in 1979 by Bishop Boudreaux). I suppose it would not be sacrilegious to say these three prayers for those who minister in the church at all levels.

On each of the 12 beads representing the 12 stars on Our Lady's crown say one Hail Mary followed by the invocation:

Our Lady, Star of the Sea, help and protect us!

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hand.

For further information write to: The Confraternity of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Central Headquarters, PO Box 609, Morgan City, LA 70381.

Prayer For Hurricane Season

Bishop Maurice Schexnayder (2nd Bishop of Lafayette, LA)

O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former calmness; You are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control: the Gulf of Mexico, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its sleep, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land and spread chaos and disaster.

During this hurricane season we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son on our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen.

A Seafarers’ Prayer

O God, I ask you to take me into your care and protection along with all those who sail ships.

Make me alert and wise in my duties. Make me faithful in the time of routine, and prompt to decide and courageous to act in any time of crisis.

Protect me in the dangers and perils of the sea; and even in the storm, grant that there may be peace and calm within my heart.

When I am far from home and far from loved ones and far from the country that I know,

help me to be quite sure that, wherever I am, I can never drift beyond your love and care.

Take care of my loved ones in the days and weeks and months when I am separated from them, sometimes with half the world between them and me.

Keep me true to them and keep them true to me, and every time that we have to part, bring us together in safety and in loyalty again.

This I ask for your love’s sake.


Prayer for a Mariner’s Spouse

O God, who gave marriage for a blessing to mankind, bless my wife/husband and me, and unite us in the bond of true Christian love.

Help us both to resist all temptations to sin that would spoil our trust.

Enable us to be loyal to each other during all our separations.

Strengthen us to keep the vows we made when we were made man and wife, through Jesus Christ, our Lord


Prayer on leaving port

Be with us, O Lord, on this voyage, to cheer us and keep us safe in all dangers.

Let nothing afloat or on shore cut us off from you.

May we please you in everything we do.

Bless all on board, whatever their responsibility.

Enable each of us to do his duty.

Help us to be good shipmates and bring us back again in safety to our homes, and those who long for our return, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Prayer to Avert Storms

Father, all the elements of nature obey your command.

Calm the storms that threaten us and turn our fear of your power into praise for your goodness.

Grant this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Prayer to Our Lady Star of the Sea

(Confraternity of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Morgan City, LA)

Star of the Sea, Great Mother of God and Our Mother, you know all dangers of soul and body that threaten seamen.

Protect your sons who sail the seas, and protect also their families that await their return.

Star of the Sea, Mother of the Church, give light and strength to those priests and laymen who bring the love of your Divine Son among seamen.

Fill their hearts with a supernatural and life giving zeal for the apostolate.

Star of the Sea, light shining in the darkness, be a guide to those who sail amid the storms and dangers of life.

Stir up in their midst the hearts of ardent apostles and bring us all to the safety of heaven’s port.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on all those who sail the seas.

O, Star of the Sea, help and protect us from the danger of hurricanes and floods and all perils of nature.


St. Basil of Caesarea (ca. 330-379)

Steer the ship of my life, Lord, to your quiet harbor, where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict. 

Show me the course I should take. 

Renew in me the gift of discernment, so that I can see the right direction in which I should go. 

And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course, even when the sea is rough and the waves are high, knowing that through enduring hardship and danger in your name we shall find comfort and peace.


Prayer for the Spirit of Saint Brendan

God of sea and land, you endowed your servant Brendan with a bold and adventurous spirit, to occupy himself for your business on the great waters, and revealed to him your wonders in the deep. Make us, who recall with thanksgiving his life and ministry, zealous to be pioneers and pilgrims for the faith of Christ. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Crossing the Bar

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.