Day 8

Novena to Mary Untier of Knots
Day 8 – Sunday 14 October – Undoing the Knots of ill health and suffering
On entering church today please take a ribbon.
Opening Hymn: Love Divine all loves excelling – Hymn No.12 on separate white
Hymn sheets
Welcome and Introduction – Fr John
Fr John – Reminder of our Knots – we acknowledge the various knots we have
identified during the past week. Today we focus on the knot of sickness and ill health
and ask Mary to bring this suffering to her Son. We may also have other knots in our
lives which need healing. We now place our knotted ribbons in Mary’s hands.
During the procession we will play the chant ‘Come to me all you who carry heavy
burdens and I will give you rest’.
Daily Novena Prayer to Mary, Untier of Knots – see words on white Novena
Hymns sheet

Fr Leo: God our loving Father, as we gather in the name of your Son we ask for
healing. We pray that in this Sacrament we may today meet with Jesus who took pity
on the sick. We make our prayer through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

A Reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans (8:18-27)
I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet
unrevealed, which is waiting for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to
reveal his sons. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made
unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God; but creation still retains the
hope of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to enjoy the same
freedom and glory as the children of God. From the beginning till now the entire
creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only
creation, but all of us who possess the first fruits of the spirit, we too groan inwardly
as we wait for our bodies to be set free. For we must be content to hope that we
shall be saved – our salvation is not in sight, we should not have to be hoping for it if
it were – but, as I say, we must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet – it is
something we must wait for with patience.
The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words
in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could
never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows
perfectly well what he means and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit
are according to the mind of God. The word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Hymn: For you my soul is thirsting – Hymn No.13 on separate white Hymn
sheets. Our choir will sing the verses and we all join in response.

Fr Leo – A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (7:19-23)
John, summoning two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are you the one
who is to come, or must we wait for someone else?’ When the men reached Jesus
they said, ‘John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ”Are you the one who is to
come or have we to wait for someone else?”’ It was just then that he cured many
people of diseases and afflictions and of evil spirits, and gave the gift of sight to
many who were blind. Then he gave the messengers their answer, ‘Go back and tell
John what you have seen and heard: the blind see again, the lame walk, lepers are
cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, the Good News is
proclaimed to the poor and happy is the man who does not lose faith in me.’ The
Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to you Lord Jesus Christ
Fr Leo – Homily

Bidding Prayers
Fr Leo: The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. With confidence we bring the
needs of all those who are suffering before the Lord
Reader:
• For those who suffer in body, mind or spirit, that even in suffering, they may
see more clearly the face of Christ who seeks to bind our wounds and to
anoint us in our affliction. Lord hear us.
All Respond – Lord graciously hear us
• For the stability of our National Health Service: that all who go to hospital or
reside in care homes might be given the service and attention they need; and
that all who minister there might do their work with skill and patience. Lord
hear us All R
• We pray for doctors and nurses and other health professionals. We pray
especially for those from other countries who care so devotedly for our loved
ones who are sick and infirm. Lord hear us All R
• For healthcare chaplains, and Ministers of Holy Communion, that they may be
given the grace to walk closely and faithfully with the sick and suffering, and
imitate in thought, word and action the compassion of Christ. Lord hear us
All R
• For people with disabilities in our society who are fearful for their futures
because of cuts in benefits and services; may we, and all those in authority,
have a true concern for the needs of those who are vulnerable and
disadvantaged. Lord hear us All R
We pray with Mary, Health of the Sick, who brings our needs to the attention of her
Son: Hail Mary….
We bring our silent petitions to the Father…

Fr Leo: God, open our eyes, that we might recognise and respond to human
suffering. Give us a deep love for you that we might see your love at work in this
world, and that we might go and do likewise. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen
Anointing of the sick
Fr Leo: Lord God, you have said to us through your apostle James ‘Are there people
sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray
over them anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will
save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any
sins, their sins will be forgiven them.’
Lord we have gathered here in your name and we ask you to be among us to watch
over our brothers and sisters who seek healing and peace at your hands. We ask
this with confidence for you live and reign for ever and ever.
Amen
Fr Leo: My brothers and sisters, in our prayer of faith let us appeal to God for our
brothers and sisters:
Come and strengthen them through this holy anointing: Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Free them from all harm: Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Free them from sin and all temptation: Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Relieve the sufferings of all the sick here present: Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Assist all those dedicated to the care of the sick: Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Give life and health to our brothers and sisters on whom we lay our hands in your
name: Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
The priests silently extend their hands over the sick persons in the congregation
Prayer of Thanksgiving over the Blessed Oil
Fr Leo:
Praise to you, God the almighty Father. You sent your Son to live among us and
bring us salvation .
All: Blessed be God who heals us in Christ
Praise to you God the only begotten Son, you humbled yourself to share in our
humanity and you heal our infirmities.
All: Blessed be God who heals us in Christ
Praise to you God the Holy Spirit, the Consoler. Your unfailing power gives us
strength in our bodily weakness.
All: Blessed be God who heals us in Christ
God of mercy, ease the sufferings and comfort the weakness of your servants here
present whom the Church anoints with this holy oil.
All: Amen

Anointing
Fr John now explains who the Sacrament of the Sick is for. People wishing to
receive the Sacrament will then be invited to come forward for anointing row by row
as directed. Several of our priests will be available to anoint the foreheads and palms
of the sick people saying these words:
Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the
grace of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen
May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up
All: Amen
During the anointing we sing the following hymns as time allows:
Immaculate Mary (Lourdes Hymn) – Hymn No. 5
Lay your hands – Hymn No. 14
Be not afraid – Hymn No. 35
Fr Leo – final prayer
Father in heaven, through this holy anointing grant your servants here present
comfort in their suffering. When they are afraid give them courage, when afflicted
give them patience, when dejected afford them hope and when alone assure them of
the support of your holy people. We ask this through Christ our Lord. All: Amen
Fr Leo: The Lord be with you
All: And with your Spirit
Fr Leo: May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit come down
upon you and remain with you forever.
All: Amen
Daily Novena Hymn: Hail Queen of Heav’n, the Ocean Star – Hymn No.1 on
Hymn sheet
Thank you for coming to our Novena – Please feel free to take this service sheet away with
you.

Please stay behind for refreshments

A quote from Pope Francis:
“Illness, above all grave illness, always places human existence in crisis and brings with it
questions that dig deep. Our first response may at times be one of rebellion: why has this
happened to me? We can feel desperate, thinking that all is lost, that things no longer have
meaning.
In these situations, faith in God is on the one hand tested, yet at the same time can reveal all
of its positive resources. Not because faith makes illness, pain, or the questions which they
raise, disappear, but because it offers a key by which we can discover the deepest meaning
of what we are experiencing; a key that helps us to see how illness can be the way to draw
nearer to Jesus who walks at our side, weighed down by the Cross. And this key is given to
us by Mary, our Mother, who has known this way at first hand.”
(Message for the 24th World Day of the Sick, Sept. 15, 2015)