Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots
Day 3 – Tues 9th October, Knots of Division & Separation among Christian Churches
Welcome and introduction by Fr John On each day of the novena we are reflecting 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. There are maybe people we love who we wish were here with us. Perhaps they have problems and knots that they are not addressing. Maybe there are people close to us who have left the Church. This may cause us pain and confusion and leave us broken hearted. Perhaps this is our knot rather than theirs as we realize that God has a loving plan for all of his children.
If this is the first occasion on which you are participating in the novena, individual ribbons will be made available at the back of the church after the service for you to knot them and place them in the basket in front of the picture of Mary, Untier of Knots. Hymn: O Lord all the world belong to you– see Hymn No.25 on separate white Hymn sheets
We now invite Bishop Peter Eagles, the newly consecrated and installed Bishop of Sodor and Man, to lead us in this service of recognition and repentance for the knots of Separation that exist between the Christian Churches.
Bishop Peter: Opening Prayer.
God our Loving Father, you prayed on the night before you died that we might all be one. We pray that the divisions between the churches might be healed so that you name might be praised throughout the whole world. And we make this prayer through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen
A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah (61:10-11)
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God
Hymn: Psalm 99 Cry out with Joy – see Hymn No.26 on separate white Hymn sheets
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (2:1-11)
On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what has that to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it. When the steward of the feast tasted the water,
now become wine, he did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew). The steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
A time of silence to identify and ponder the knots of separation, division and prejudice and our own collusion with them. Bishop Peter and Monsignor John will each tie a knot in the same ribbon and place it in the basket before Mary’s picture.
Hymn: This is my body broken for you – see Hymn No.27 on separate white Hymn sheets
Mary Untier of Knots, You understand discord because you witnessed it in your lifetime on earth. You’ve seen what happens when people are at odds and you see the consequences of their failings. Discord was part of the sword that pierced your Immaculate Heart. Pause
Mother, you understand our discord and you can see how the Body of your Son, Jesus, which is the Church, has been torn apart by conflict, pride and obstinacy. You, too, have suffered with those who have been persecuted on all sides throughout history for the sake of their beliefs. You know how this discord came about and you know what must happen for it to end. You also know the responsibility each of us must bear for its cause and its continuation and yet you love us still. Pause
Please accept this knot of discord which is disunity. Take it into your skilful and gentle hands and untie it one snarl at a time so that the ribbon which is the life of the Church, the Body of Christ, can be free of discord and its consequences. If we are at fault, show us how, and then show us what to do to make amends. Make us truly desire this knot to be undone so that we can follow your guidance with integrity and a sincere heart. Pause
Dear Lady, pray for us here this evening. Intercede with your Son on our behalf that the knot of Christian division and the scandal it causes might be undone. Pause
Hymn: Bind us together– see Hymn No.28 on separate white Hymn sheets
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 – see 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.
Please stay behind to greet Bishop Peter. Light refreshments will be served.
Discord among Christians is the greatest obstacle to evangelisation. It fosters the growth of groups that take advantage of people’s poverty and credulity to propose easy but illusory solutions to their problems. In a world wounded by so many ethnic, political and religious conflicts, communities must become ‘authentically fraternal and reconciled’ so that in them ‘they will find that witness luminous and attractive.’ God gives us the grace if we know how to receive it, to make unity prevail over conflict (Pope Francis)