Miracle Prayer to Our Lady Undoer of Knots
Holy Mary, full of the presence of God,
during your life you accepted
with great humility
the Holy Will of the Father
and the legacy of your Son,
Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Evil never dared to entangle you
with its confusion.
Since then, you have interceded
for all of our difficulties.
With all simplicity and patience
you have given us examples
on how to untangle the knots
in our complicated lives.
By being our Mother forever,
you arrange and make clear
the path that unites us to Our Lord.
Holy Mary, Mother of God and ours,
with your maternal heart,
untie the knots that upset our lives.
We ask you to receive in your hands …
(mention a person or your prayer request here)
… and deliver us from the chains and confusions
that have us restrained.
Blessed Virgin Mary, through your grace,
your intercession, and by your example,
deliver us from evil and untie the knots
that keep us from uniting with God,
so that once free of every confusion and error,
we may find Him in all things,
have Him in our hearts and serve Him always
in our brothers and sisters.
About Mary, Undoer of Knots
Early in the sixteenth century, Hieronymus Ambrosius Langenmantel commissioned the painting of Mary, Undoer or Untier of knots for St. Peter am Perlach Church in Augsburg, Germany. The artist, Johann Georg Melchior Schmidtner, was inspired by the story of the man’s grandfather, Wolfgang Langenmantel, a German nobleman, and his wife Sophie. The couple’s lives were falling apart and they were on the verge of separation. In an effort to save their marriage, Wolfgang decided to get advice from a Jesuit priest, Father Rem, who lived in a monastery near Augsburg, Germany. They prayed together, raising up to Our Lady “the bond of marriage,” praying that “all knots be loosed and resolved.” After several meetings and many prayers to Our Lady, Wolfgang and Sophie reunited.
The painting portrays Mary dressed in a blue mantle, with twelve stars above her head, standing on the serpent, crushing evil and untying the knots in a long ribbon, working together with the Holy Spirit and the angels. The idea of Mary undoing the knots is believed to have been inspired by the meditation of St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon: “Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it.” Mary is seen as one who intercedes for us to her Son, helping us to let go of what binds us, what ties us to this world, what causes discord, violence and despair, freeing us from the struggles and the “knots” of our lives.
While studying in Germany in the 1980’s, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, saw the image of Mary, Undoer of Knots and brought it back to Argentina, promoting devotion to Our Lady. He had this same image engraved on a chalice that he presented to Pope Benedict XVI.
Feast Day: September 28th
Our Lady Undoer of Knots, pray for us!