Day 1 – Undoer of Knots Novena

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

1. Reflection:

“In the 3rd Century, St. Irenaeus wrote that “Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it.” I still remember years ago as a Boy Scout having to learn to tie knots. For me it was a miserable experience. I could never really master the art of knot-tying.  Especially the taut-line hitch. But through practice and the patience of my scout master I eventually became proficient in tying knots. Our Lady teaches us to say “yes” to God: “Be it done to me according to your word.” Despite the fear that can paralyze us at various moments, she models for us radical trust in the Lord. As St. John Paul II pointed out, the culture of death is built on fear. And so we can learn a great deal by looking to Our Lady to teach us to trust and cast out fear from our hearts. Today I know that without the maternal love of Mary, I would not be in formation to be a priest. For as a mother she is my encourager. Like my scout master, Mary patiently and persistently calls me to overcome fear and say “yes” to God. She unceasingly comes to my aid to untie the various knots that are the effects of fear and sin in my life. And she can teach all of us to do the same and thus build a culture of life and a civilization of love.”

Nicholas Larkin
Archdiocese of Denver

2. Make the sign of the cross

3. Say the Act of Contrition:

Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

4. Say the first 3 decades of the Glorious Mysteries (The Resurrection; The Ascension; The Coming of the Holy Spirit).

5. Meditation

Dearest Holy Mother, Most Holy Mary, you undo the knots that suffocate your children, extend your merciful hands to us. We entrust to You today this knot of the culture of death in Colorado and the United States and all the negative consequences that it provokes in our lives.

We give you this knot that torments us and makes us unhappy and so impedes us from uniting ourselves to You and Your Son Jesus, our Savior.

We run to You, Mary, Undoer of Knots, because we trust you and we know that you never despise a sinning child who comes to ask you for help. We believe that you can undo this knot because Jesus grants you everything. We believe that you want to undo this knot because you are our Mother. We believe that we will do this because you love us with eternal love.

Thank you, Dear Mother.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for us.
The one who seeks grace, finds it in Mary’s hands.

6. Say the last 2 decades of the Glorious Mysteries (The Assumption of Mary; The Coronation of Mary).

7. Closing Prayer