The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is a great example of the works of mercy and compassion which is at the heart of the Gospel, offering friendship and support and material help to seafarers in our ports, said Archbishop Peter Smith in his homily at the Stella Maris Mass in St George’s Cathedral Southwark on September 19.
The Mass was organised by AoS in honour of its patron, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Stella Maris, and attended by AoS supporters, volunteers, trustees, head office staff and parishioners. Archbishop Peter said Mary's role as a sign of hope and as a guiding star for Christians, is revered as the guide and protector of all travellers and especially those seek their livelihoods on the sea.
“We offer this Mass for the contribution seafarers make to global trade and the world economy. We give thanks to God and to Our Blessed Lady for the ongoing work of mercy by the Apostleship of the Sea,” he said.
Archbishop Peter said, “We thank God for all of you who support this work of mercy as volunteers, and those who help to provide the financial support without which this work of mercy could not continue.
“And we ask for the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, Star of the Sea, for all seafarers and for the flourishing of The Apostleship of the Sea as it come towards the centenary of its foundation in just over a couple of years’ time.”
In Southwark Diocese, AoS port chaplains and ship visitors support seafarers arriving at the ports of Dover, Gravesend and Northfleet among others.
Martin Foley, AoS National Director, said, “I would like to thank Archbishop Peter for leading our celebration of Mass and the diocese of Brentwood for their ongoing support for our work.”
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