Day 6

Novena to Mary Untier of Knots Day 6 – Friday 12th October, Untying the Knots of Anxiety and Depression

Welcome and Introduction by Fr John

Hymn: I Watch the Sunrise – see Hymn no 29 on separate white Hymn sheets

Reminder of our Knots On each day of the Novena so far, we have been 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. Some of these knots are personal. Others are knots for which we, as members of the Church and as citizens, are collectively responsible.

We may wish to identify for ourselves individuals or situations that need healing and peace. There may be people we love who we wish were here with us tonight. Perhaps they have problems and knots which 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 his children.

Opening Prayer: Fr Conor

Tender God, Your gentle and kind-hearted love waits for us in the darkness and shields us from the light when it feels too overwhelming. We remember those who live in depression, anxiety and all mental health issues. Continue to cherish us all when we find it difficult to cherish ourselves. Remind us you abide in all things and in all places where the heart and mind ache for peace and a place of rest from the storm. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

A Reading from Psalm 90 (Psalm 90:1-16) You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know

my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honour them. With long life I will satisfy them and show them my salvation. The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Hymn: Healer of my Soul – see Hymn no 15 on separate white Hymn sheets

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark (15:33-39) When the sixth hour came there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthan?’ which means ‘My God, My God, why have you deserted me?’ When some of those who stood by heard this they said, ‘Listen, he is calling on Elijah’. Someone ran and soaked a sponge in vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it him to drink saying, ‘Wait and see if Elijah will come to take him down’. But Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the veil of the Temple was torn from top to bottom. The centurion, who as standing in front of him, had seen how he had died, and he said, ‘In truth this man was a son of God’. The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Homily: Fr Conor

Litany of Anxiety and Despair

The response is:

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

Do not be afraid for I am with you; stop being anxious and watchful, for I am your God. I give you strength, I bring you help (Isaiah 41:10)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

Be strong, stand firm, have no fear, no terror, for the Lord your God is going with you; he will not fail or desert you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

Be fearless then, be confident, for go where you will, the Lord your God is with you. (Joshua 1:9)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

Strengthen all weary hands, steady all trembling knees and say to all faint hearts, ‘Courage, do not be afraid’. (Isaiah 35:4)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

I the Lord your God, I am holding you by the right hand. I tell you ‘Do not be afraid, I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

I will turn darkness into light before them and rocky places into level tracks. These things I will do and not leave them undone. (Isaiah 42:16)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine. (Isaiah 43: 2)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

The Lord is my light and my help; whom shall I fear? (Psalm 26:1)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

I sought the Lord and he answered me; from all my terrors he set me free. (Psalm 33:5)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

God is for us a refuge and strength, a helper close at hand, in time of distress: so we shall not fear though the earth should rock (Psalm 45:2-3)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

Entrust your cares to the Lord and he will support you. (Psalm 54:23)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

When I fear, I will trust in you, in God whose word I praise (Psalm 55:4-5)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

The Lord is at my side I do not fear. The Lord is at my side as my helper (Psalm 117:6-7)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid (John 14:27)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

Bow down then before the power of God now and he will raise you up on the appointed day; unload all your worries on to him, since he is looking after you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear

For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear.

Each of you, if you wish, is invited to come forward to the front of the altar to choose a ribbon. Please tie one or several knots in your ribbon representing your own anxiety or depression or that of someone close to you. You may also tie knots representing other situations in your life which require healing.

During the procession we will play the chant ‘Come to me all you who carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest’.

Hail Holy Queen

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.

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 Fr Conor. Light refreshments will be served.

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