Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots
Day 1 – Sunday 7th October, Identifying the Knots in our lives
Welcome and Introduction
Opening Hymn: As I kneel before you – see Hymn No.2 on separate white Hymn sheets
Opening Prayer God our Loving Father, we gather in the name of your beloved Son Jesus confident that your Spirit is present among us and that you will give us everything that is good for us. We bring our needs before you through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of your Son. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (1:12-14; 2:1-4) So from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, they went back to Jerusalem, a short distance away, no more than a Sabbath walk; and when they reached the city they went to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James Son of Alpheus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude son of James. All these joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. The word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Hymn: Holy Virgin by God’s Decree – see Hymn No. 3 on separate white Hymn sheets
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (1:26-38) – The Annunciation
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end. Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this, too, your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God’. ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her. The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Identification of knots:
Priest: We pray to the Holy Spirit asking his help in identifying our personal knots.
Hymn: Come Holy Ghost creator come – see Hymn No. 4 on separate white Hymn sheets
Personal silent reflection on potential knots in our lives: injustice, disappointment, grief, loss, hopelessness, betrayal, resentment, physical and mental suffering in all its forms, addiction, family disunity, relationship breakdown, confusion, separation, grief and loss, conflict and discord etc. We may wish to identify for ourselves individuals or situations that need healing and peace.
Distribution of ribbons. Invitation that you each tie knots in your own ribbon identifying the principle concerns and confusion for which you seek the intercession of Mary Untier of Knots
Procession to place knotted ribbons in basket by the image of Mary Untier of Knots
During procession Hymns as time allows: Immaculate Mary (Lourdes Hymn) – Hymn No.5; I’ll sing a hymn to Mary – Hymn No.6; O Purest of creatures – Hymn No.7; Tell out my soul – Hymn No.8.
A Decade of the Rosary: The First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen
Pope Francis has asked that we add this traditional prayer at the end of our recitation of the Rosary during the month of October:
We fly to thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
The Pope also asks us to pray that the Holy Mother of God place the Church beneath her protective mantle: to preserve her from attacks by the devil and to make her more aware of the faults, the errors and the abuses committed in the Church so that evil may not prevail. He has also asked that the recitation of the Holy Rosary conclude with this prayer written by Leo XIII:
Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Daily Novena Prayer to Mary, Untier of Knots – see words on white Novena Hymns sheet
Daily Novena Hymn: Hail Queen of Heav’n, the Ocean Star – Hymn No.1 on separate white Hymn sheets
Thank you for coming to our Novena – Please feel free to take this service sheet away with you