Day 7

Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots
Day 7 – Saturday 13th October, Untying the Knots of Grief and Loss before the
Blessed Sacrament
Opening Hymn: O Purest of Creatures – Hymn No.7 on separate white Hymn sheets
Welcome – Fr John
On each day of the novena so far we have been reflecting on potential knots in our
lives and handing them over to Mary. Today we will focus on the knots of grief and
loss and the pain and brokenness that accompanies these. We bring our grief and
loss and place them before the Blessed Sacrament.
Opening Prayer
Loving Father; Mary the Mother of your beloved Son, stood at the foot of the Cross.
Jesus gave his mother to us to be our Mother, too. She stands with us today in our
pain and loss as we bring our sorrows to Jesus your Son in the Blessed Sacrament
of his broken Body and Blood. We make this prayer through the same Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (19:25-30)
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of
Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing
near her, Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is your son’. Then to the disciple he
said, ‘This is your mother’. And from that moment the disciple made a place for her in
his home. After this, Jesus knew that everything had now been completed, and to
fulfil the scripture perfectly he said ‘I am thirsty’. A jar full of vinegar stood there, so
putting a sponge soaked in the vinegar on a hyssop stick they held it up to his
mouth. After Jesus had taken the vinegar he said, ‘It is accomplished’, and bowing
his head he gave up his spirit.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Hymn : Psalm 23: The Lord’s my Shepherd – Hymn No.34 on separate Hymn sheets
A Reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans (8:31-35, 37-39)
With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son,
but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not
refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen?
When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only
died for us — he rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand he stands and
pleads for us. Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if
we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being
threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the
power of him who loved us. 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. The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Homily

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Hymn: O Bread of Heaven- see Hymn No.9 on separate white Hymn sheets
Each person is now invited to approach the altar in silence to choose a ribbon from
those laid out on the front benches.The colour you choose could be the favourite
colour of a loved one who has died or represent the nature of another loss in your life
–maybe the loss of a home or homeland, a job, a marriage or broken family
relationship, loss of friends, a loss of reputation; or loss caused by injury, disability or
ill health or financial loss. We gently place our ribbons in Mary’s hands.
During this time our Choir will sing Be still for the Presence of the Lord – Hymn
No.10

Hymn: As I kneel before you – see Hymn No.2 on separate white Hymn sheets
Litany of Grief and Loss
Reader:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not
fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
(Psalm 46:1-2)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
(Psalm 18:28)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through
the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not
be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah 43:2)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will
strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
(Psalm 18: 2)
Response; The Lord is close to the broken hearted.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I
take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Isaiah 41:10)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. (Psalm 119:5)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion
forever. (Psalm 73:26)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not
hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. (Psalm 22:24)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the
Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his
temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me
in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:4-5)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
(Psalm 34:18)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion
and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can
comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will
be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
Cast all your anxiety on the Lord because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or
crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
(Matthew 11:28)
Response: The Lord is close to the broken hearted.

Periods of silence punctuated by chants ……. Jesus remember me when you
come into your kingdom; O Lord hear my prayer
Blessing with monstrance
Divine Praises (please repeat each line after the priest)
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.
Hymn: O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament Divine, All praise and all
thanksgiving be every moment thine
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 and please stay behind for refreshments.