Prayer Services and Vigils
By: Rev. Brian O. McDermott, S.J., Dr. Theol., Special Assistant to the President, Georgetown University
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017
During his life on earth Jesus lived in total dependence on God as the source-of-all, whom he called Abba, and on the Holy Spirit. He also learned how to be an authentic human being (marked by self-giving love) from the other human beings who loved him unconditionally, such as Mary and Joseph.
The devotion to our Lady Undoer of Knots began in the 2nd century with St. Irenaeus. He wrote, "The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by the obedience of Mary; what the virgin Eve bound by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith.”
With this Novena, we pray for Mary, our Advocate, and Helper in moments of affliction, to intercede on our behalf and undo the Knot of an impending execution.