Day 9

Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots – Day 9, Monday 15th October

Restoration of Hope and Harmony – the Peace the world cannot give
Opening Hymn: Lord of all hopefulness – see Hymn No.36 on separate white
Hymn sheets
Opening Prayer
God our loving Father, we come to you on the final day of our Novena to Mary the
Untier of Knots. We have entrusted to her all the knots in our lives; our losses, our
sorrows, our suffering, our separation and our grief. We pray that through the power
of her prayer and through the outpouring of your Holy Spirit we may receive at your
hands the gift of true Hope. And we make our prayer to you through Jesus Christ
Our Lord. Amen.
A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah (11:1-10)
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist,
and faithfulness the girdle of his loins.
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
and the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall feed;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put his hand in the adder’s den.
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.
In that day the root of Jesse shall stand as an ensign to the peoples;
him shall the nations seek, and his dwellings shall be glorious.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Hymn: Make me a channel of your peace – see Hymn No.16 on separate white
Hymn sheets
A Reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Romans (8:28-32)
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are
called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to
be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among
many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he
called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall
we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own
Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Celtic Alleluia sung
Verse – The Almighty has done great things for me, Holy is His name
Celtic Alleluia sung
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (1:39-45)
Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill
country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as
soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth
was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said “Of all women you are
the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured
with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my
ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the
promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.“
The Gospel of the Lord Praise to Lord Jesus Christ
Period of silence
Let us reflect for a moment on the knots that we have placed in the basket and
entrusted to Mary during these past 8 days.
Hymn: Amazing Grace – see Hymn No.20 on separate white Hymn sheets

Bidding Prayers
We have placed our knots in the hands of Mary. We pray for those of us who have
had difficulty in surrendering our knots. Lord in your mercy All: Hear our prayer
We pray for those who are overwhelmed by sorrow and loss and not able to let go of
pain and grief. Lord in your mercy
All: Hear our prayer

We pray for those in denial over pain and suffering in their lives and have buried it so
deeply that it has left them empty and hopeless Lord in your mercy
All: Hear our prayer
We remember loved ones who are not here and whose knots cause us sorrow and
confusion. Lord in your mercy
All: Hear our prayer
We pray for our parish communities here this week that, having been blessed by the
gentleness and compassion of Mary, we may always provide a safe haven for those
in need of any kind. Lord in your mercy All: Hear our prayer
We pray for those who have faithfully participated in the Novena for so many days
both here at St Mary’s and at home and online and further afield. We ask God’s
blessing for our speakers who have inspired and challenged us. Lord in your mercy
All: Hear our prayer
We pray for those who have made this week possible, our priests and our helpers;
our musicians, our singers and readers; those who have given people lifts; those
who have brought cakes and biscuits, made tea and coffee; our visiting speakers
and all those for whom the blessings of our Novena are reward enough for their
labours. Lord in your mercy
All: Hear our prayer
We pray with Mary Untier of Knots, who brings our needs to the attention of her Son
as we say together the Memorare ……
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to thee do I come,
before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen.

Fr John will now bless medals and each of you is invited to come forward and
receive one. Take one away with you as a reminder of our 9 days shared Novena
experience. Our knots have been surrendered and are now with Mary. We have let
them go. Our medals are a sign of the gift of real Hope that Mary has given us in
return. Our fears and sorrows may resurface but we now know that we can always
turn to her for help.
During this time we will sing:-
Hymn: I’ll sing a hymn to Mary – see Hymn No.6 on separate white Hymn sheets
Hymn: Christ be beside me – see Hymn No.38 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 all for coming to our Novena and for your encouragement and support during
these past 9 days.
Thank you especially to all those who helped in so many ways: our choir, musicians, readers,
welcomers and visiting speakers.
Please stay behind for refreshments – a big Thank you to all those who helped set up,
brought food, served, washed and cleared up after each of the 9 sessions.

May the Church be a place of God’s mercy and hope, where all feel welcomed,
loved, forgiven and encouraged to live according to the good life of the Gospel. And
to make others feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged, the Church must be
with doors wide open so that all may enter. And we must go out through these doors
and proclaim the Gospel – Pope Francis

The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in
the heart of every person; it takes up the hopes that inspire our activities and purifies
them so as to order them to the Kingdom of Heaven; it keeps us from
discouragement; it sustains us during times of abandonment; it opens up our hearts
in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up by hope we are preserved from
selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity
– Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1818)