[ANSTHRLD] Re: Stars

Bob Dewart gilli at seacove.net
Sat Mar 9 20:25:21 PST 2002

And it's the "Answer Lady" to the rescue.  "The Rising of a Star" looks
close enough for me.

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From: "C. L. Ward" <gunnora at vikinganswerlady.org>
To: <heralds at ansteorra.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 09, 2002 9:35 PM
Subject: RE: [ANSTHRLD] Re: Stars

> >I don't know of any mythological story
> >concerning a rising star in particular.
> I'd say we could make a case for it in the religious order name patternm
> based on either the Star of Bethlehem (which rose in the east) or to the
> Ascension of the Virgin, who was known as "stella maris"...
> (1a) Matthew 2:1-2
> cum ergo natus esset Iesus in Bethleem Iudaeae in diebus Herodis regis
> magi ab oriente venerunt Hierosolymam dicentes ubi est qui natus est rex
> Iudaeorum vidimus enim stellam eius in oriente et venimus adorare eum
> After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,
> Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has
> been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to
> worship him."
> (1b) The Golden Legend (Aurea Legenda) Compiled by Jacobus de Voragine,
> Englished by William Caxton, 1483 has:
> "When Jesu Christ was in the age of thirteen days the three kings came to
> him the way like as the star led them, and therefore this day is called
> Epiphany, or the thiephanye in common language. And is said of this term
> epi, which is as much as to say as above, and of this term phanes which is
> as much to say as apparition. For then the star appeared above them in the
> air, where the same Jesus by the star that was seen above them showed him
> the kings." (see
> http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/goldenlegend/GL-vol1-epiphany.html)
> This emphasizes the star being *above*.
> (2) Stella Maris
> Since St. Jerome, a common misinterpretation of the origin of the name of
> the Virgin Mary was "stella maris" or "star of the sea".  (St. Jerome, De
> nomin. hebraic., de Exod., de Matth., P.L., XXIII, col, 789, 842).
> A hymn, Ave Maris Stella, can be dated back to at least the 9th century
> Codex Sangallensis, a manuscript now in the Swiss Monastery of St. Gallen.
> Its appearance in the Codex points to a composition in possibly the 8th
> century.
> Ave maris stella,
> Dei Mater alma,
> atque semper Virgo,
> felix caeli porta.
> Sumens illud Ave
> Gabrielis ore,
> funda nos in pace,
> mutans Hevae nomen.
> Solve vincula reis,
> profer lumen caecis
> mala nostra pelle,
> bona cuncta posce.
> Monstra te esse matrem:
> sumat per te preces,
> qui pro nobis natus,
> tulit esse tuus.
> Virgo singularis,
> inter omnes mites,
> nos culpis solutos,
> mites fac et castos.
> Vitam praesta puram,
> iter para tuum:
> ut videntes Iesum
> semper collaetemur.
> Sit laus Deo Patri,
> summo Christo decus,
> Spiritui Sancto,
> tribus honor unus. Amen.
> [Hail, O Star of the ocean,
> God's own Mother blest,
> ever sinless Virgin,
> gate of heav'nly rest.
> Taking that sweet Ave,
> which from Gabriel came,
> peace confirm within us,
> changing Eve's name.
> Break the sinners' fetters,
> make our blindness day,
> Chase all evils from us,
> for all blessings pray.
> Show thyself a Mother,
> may the Word divine
> born for us thine Infant
> hear our prayers through thine.
> Virgin all excelling,
> mildest of the mild,
> free from guilt preserve us
> meek and undefiled.
> Keep our life all spotless,
> make our way secure
> till we find in Jesus,
> joy for evermore.
> Praise to God the Father,
> honor to the Son,
> in the Holy Spirit,
> be the glory one. Amen.]
> (3) The French Order of the Star
> Following his coronation on 26 September 1350, King John of France
> the creation of a new chivalric order the Order of the Star, which was to
> housed in the Valois village of St.-Ouen, near St. Denis. This new
> institution was not primarily for common worship by noblemen, but for
> camaraderie, and the glorification of French knighthood.  (see
> http://www.luc.edu/publications/medieval/vol3/bessen.html)
> (4) Miscellaneous
> Annales Cambriae for 650 has "an. Ortus stellae." or "The Rising of a
> The Bayeaux Tapestry has "isti mirant stella" or "here they see a star".
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