#LittlePilgrimage 28. Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea

#LittlePilgrimage 27. Churh of Christ The King,10 Yishun Street 22, Singapore 768579

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Our Lady, Star of the Sea is an ancient title for the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. The words Star of the Sea are a translation of the Latin title Stella Maris.

The title was used to emphasize Mary’s role as a sign of hope and as a guiding star for Christians, especially gentiles, whom the Old Testament Israelites metaphorically referred to as the sea, meaning anyone beyond the “coasts”, or, that is to say, sociopolitical, and religious (Mosaic law), borders of Israelite territory. Under this title, the Virgin Mary is believed to intercede as a guide and protector of those who travel or seek their livelihoods on the sea.

In the twelfth century, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux wrote: “If the winds of temptation arise; If you are driven upon the rocks of tribulation look to the star, call on Mary; If you are tossed upon the waves of pride, of ambition, of envy, of rivalry, look to the star, call on Mary. Should anger, or avarice, or fleshly desire violently assail the frail vessel of your soul, look at the star, call upon Mary.”

OK. about my visit to this church.

after some of ‘flying Jesus’ i saw on some churches where Jesus wasn’t nailed on the cross above the altar, today i saw no Jesus and no wooden cross above the altar in this church. i saw mozaic cross on the stained glass behind the altar though, but somehow it still not quite right for me.

if this was your first time visit this church, please be notice that this church located hidden in the middle of HDBs area, walking distance from the bus stop, but you must trust streetdirectory in this case. sorry to say, but i noticed this building somehow looks like a barn. after i entered the building, on the right hand side, there is a gang of Mother Mary statues. i don’t understand why do they put same statues in a one dark corner. but i do appreciate the effort people put the flowers for Her.

and this is the official web of this church : http://olss.sg/

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