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Mary, Morning Star

The morning star is a sign of the coming day,
the announcement of the rising sun;
it is a promise of light.

Litany of Loreto ~ Morning Star ~ Rosary

Mexican lavender chalcedony recalls the colors of the dawn --- the muted purples and dusky  grays that precede the spectacle of sunrise. 

Twilight is the magical transition between the night and daylight, when spectrum emerges slowly, until the sun paints bold splashes of vivid color across the sky.

The Aves are 8mm facetted wheels of Mexican lavender chalcedony; the Paters are sterling-capped 12mm facetted rounds of purple fluorite.
The spacers are 3mm fire-polished beads of softly pink apricot with gold luster, hinting of the glory of the imminent sunrise.
The rosary is completed with sterling centerpiece of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Caravaca crucifix.

Also available as a chaplet; please inquire.

Each rosary is packaged in gift-quality jewelry box, 
with pamphlet describing the provenance and prayers.


Litany of Loreto Rosaries

Litany of Loreto ~ Morning Star ~ Rosary

Morning Star


Mary is the "Stella Matutina," the Morning Star—after the Dark Night, but always Heralding the Sun
by Cardinal Newman

WHAT is the nearest approach in the way of symbols, in this world of sight and sense, to represent to us the glories of that higher world which is beyond our bodily perceptions? What are the truest tokens and promises here, poor though they may be, of what one day we hope to see hereafter, as being beautiful and rare? Whatever they may be, surely the Blessed Mother of God may claim them as her own. And so it is; two of them are ascribed to her as her titles, in her Litany—the stars above, and flowers below. She is at once the Rosa Mystica and the Stella Matutina.

And of these two, both of them well suited to her, the Morning Star becomes her best, and that for three reasons.

First, the rose belongs to this earth, but the star is placed in high heaven. Mary now has no part in this nether world. No change, no violence from fire, water, earth, or air, affects the stars above; and they show themselves, ever bright and marvelous, in all regions of this globe, and to all the tribes of men.

And next, the rose has but a short life; its decay is as sure as it was graceful and fragrant in its noon. But Mary, like the stars, abides for ever, as lustrous now as she was on the day of her Assumption; as pure and perfect, when her Son comes to judgment, as she is now.

Lastly, it is Mary's prerogative to be the Morning Star, which heralds in the sun. She does not shine for herself, or from herself, but she is the reflection of her and our Redeemer, and she glorifies Him. When she appears in the darkness, we know that He is close at hand. He is Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Behold He comes quickly, and His reward is with Him, to render to everyone according to his works. "Surely I come quickly. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus."

Litany of Loreto ~ Morning Star ~ Rosary

Morning Star  

This scene tells about the combat between light and darkness. Eventually, morning is breaking.  The giant rooster announces the rising sun, while the roaring lion takes flight and the incubi of the night (frightening bats and dragons) sail away in a dark cloud.  Taking advantage of the first light of day a ship leaves harbor.  The lemma proclaims Jesus’ message to the churches: “I am the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star” (Revelation 22:16).  He is the promised one seen by the prophet Balaam. “A star shall advance from Jacob.”  However, in this illustration this expression decorates the radiating star with the bust of Mary, which dominates the page.

"Stella matutina," also known as "stella Marina" and "Lux matutina" (12th century), and as "stella maris" used by Saint Bernard to explain the meaning of the name "Mary," suggests and announces the rising sun of justice, Jesus Christ (Mal. 4:3).  The glory of her light is but light from eternal light, and praise of the never-ending light of God's love for us.


Stella Matutina

Stella Matutina
Star of the Morning

Stained Glass by Sarah Hall

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