How this devotion started?
To show us the mission granted to the Virgin Mary by Her Son, an unknown artist painted Mary Undoer of Knots with great grace. Since 1700, his painting has been venerated in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Germany. It was originally inspired by a meditation of Saint Irenaeus (Bishop of Lyon and martyred in 202) based on the parallel made by Saint Paul between Adam and Christ. Saint Irenaeus, in turn, made a comparison between Eve and Mary, saying:
“Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it”.
But what are these knots?
There are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution … knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. There are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.
The devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots is not new. The devotion is more than 300 years old. The devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots is becoming more and more known in many different countries, and the Novena has been printed in 19 languages, as well as in Braille. In the last 4 years, the Sanctuary of Mary Undoer of Knots has welcomed more than 600,000 pilgrims from all over the world.
Day after day, more and more Christians kneel to pray to Her as soon as they meet the Mother of the Fair Love. Many families have become reconciled! Many diseases have been healed! Many spouses have returned to the Church! Many jobs have been given! Many conversions have taken place! Many Catholics have been on their knees praying and giving thanks for graces received from our sweet Mother.
We are living in difficult times where the problems, the knots, the temptations, the lack of peace and the evils are all around us. Like a roaring lion your adversary, the devil, prowls around, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5,8)
For that reason, Mary Who undoes the knots, Who was chosen by God to crush the evil with Her feet, comes to us to reveal Herself. She comes to provide jobs, good health, to reconcile families, because She wants to undo the knots of our sins which dominate our lives, so that – as sons of the King – we can receive the promises reserved for us from eternity. She comes with promises of victory, peace, blessings and reconciliation.
Then, free from our knots – filled with happiness, we can be a testimony of the Divine Power in this world, like pieces of God’s heart or small bottles of perfume exhaling mercy and love to our neighbor. Like ambassador of Jesus Christ and the Virgin of the fair love, we can rescue those who cry without any consolation, those who are lonely, tied with knots, who have no God, no Father nor Mother.
Mother of the Rising Sun, Immaculate, our Advocate, Helper in moments of affliction, Mother of God and made by Him our Mother, this is how Mary, Undoer of Knots is presented. Above all, She comes as the Queen of Mercy, the one who knows all about us, who has compassion for us and hurries to rescue us, praying for each one of us to Her beloved Jesus.
For more information on this beautiful devotion, go here.
Sunday, June 28, is the feast of St. Irenaeus (the inspiration for this novena). What a wonderful day to begin a Novena for whatever you are looking to have untied in your life.
Please could you send me the link for the Novena you spoke about at mass today. Thank you! I couldn’t find you e-mail address so am trying to connect with you here 🙂 Love and gratitude!
I was introduced to “Mary Undoer Of Knots” novena about a year and a half ago when I was all stressed out before my first endometriosis surgery on February 12, 2008. Praying this novena helped comfort me and brought me peace.
I had my second endometriosis stage four surgery April 1st 2009. I prayed a second “Mary Undoer Of Knots” novena about a week ago asking the Blessed Mother to please pray and intercede for us for a child.
I have been told by my doctors due to my age (I will be forty three Aug. 2nd)and the endometriosis my chances of conceiving are low, but still I pray. I know if it’s God’s will for me and hubby, He can make it happen!
Would anybody be willing to pray for us? Our names are Ed and Maria N. We were married on June 16th 2007, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We chose a Feast Day of the Blessed Mother due to my devotion to her and for thanksgiving for all the graces she has given me through the Rosary!
Thank you so much!
Maria Therese In Mass
By the way, here is where you can find the “Mary Undoer Of Knots” novena.
You can also order novenas at this website, medals of “Mary Undoer Of Knots”, as well as the excellant book called “Mary, Take Over!” which I highly recommend!
Hope that helps!
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hi, where can i get a picture of this painting.. i wish to have one..including a copy of the novena…i love this so much…thank you
Hi, I wish I could get the painting of that picture. Thanks.
Dear Brother in Christ,
We receive so beautiful article and I though you may like to insert in your blog. Thank you and God Bless,
Undoing the Knots in Our Lives
Posted By Doreen Truesdell On August 6, 2009 @ 12:03 am In Doreen Truesdell, Today
The knots of life weigh me down
with intertwining cares,
a confusion of threads and a tangle of mesh,
knitted by arrogance and dread.
Would that these ties which bind my will
and stifle my beating heart,
be straightened with a patient hand
and be mercifully drawn apart!
Why, oh why, did Catholics ever give up the many and diverse devotions which for centuries have provided people with a personal connection with heaven? As individual as our personalities, the breadth of traditional devotions to Jesus, Mary, the Holy Spirit, the angels and archangels, and the saints have served a pious purpose for many centuries when practiced with an honest heart and a soul guarded from superstitious inclinations.
It will take generations to rediscover many of these wonderful devotions, but in an effort to advance the cause just a little let me shine the light of attention on the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Undoer of Knots.” In a time of cultural complexity, of confusion and disarray in personal relationships, this beautiful devotion brings that rare commodity for which we sometimes despair: hope.
With the supernatural patience and wisdom of the Mother of God, the image of Mary, Undoer of Knots, shows the blessed Mother serenely at work untying a length of cord that is riddled with kinks and tangles, representing the difficulties in our lives. Broken relationships, sinful behaviors, unforgiven enemies, prejudices and hates, lukewarm faith, anguish and regrets, loneliness, ignorance, cowardice, and so many other human failings on our part and on the part of others are responsible for the knots in our lives.
The bondage of sin, and the realization that sins that may appear to be “freeing” actually bind and enslave us, is a traditional biblical image. Jesus, upon raising Lazarus from the dead, declared that his bonds should be loosed so he could be set free. Our Lord gave the power of binding and loosing to Peter and the Apostles when establishing His priesthood. Sin, from the Old to the New Testament, is described as an enslavement that keeps us from the company and grace of God the Father.
Also traditional from the early Church is Mary’s role as the great mediatrix, whose nimble fingers can undo the tangles of our sins in a heavenly intercession of maternal love.
The origin for the devotion to Mary, Undoer of Knots, is a meditation from Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon and a martyr of the early Church. In his book Adversus Haereses (Against Heresies), he builds upon Saint Paul’s parallel between Adam and Christ, stating “Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by Her obedience, undid it…For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the Virgin Mary set free through faith.”
The beautiful image of the Undoer or Untier of Knots, has been venerated in the pilgrim church of St. Peter in Perlack (Perlach), Bavaria, Germany, since 1700. For three centuries, the devotion has survived among the faithful and appears to be growing, thanks to published booklets, websites such as http://www.maryundoerofknots.com . An official publication, containing the devotion’s history, and a novena with nihil obstat and imprimatur, has been printed in 19 languages and distributed worldwide.
Contemplation of the image shows Mary with a crown of twelve stars adorning Her head, a sign of Her Queenship of the Apostles, whom She consoled and counseled after Jesus’ earthly departure. Her blue mantle represents Her glory as Queen of the Universe. Her feet crush the head of the serpent indicating Her victory over Satan. She is suspended between heaven and earth, resplendent with light, and accompanied by the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, reminding us that She became Mother of God and full of grace by virtue of the Third Person of the Trinity. Assisting Her at the task of straightening the cord of our life is an entire heavenly court of angels, signifying Her position as Queen of the Angels, and Queen of Heaven.
“Ah, the knots of our life! Knots of discord in your family…the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy in the home. Knots of hurt and resentment that so torture our hearts… How they suffocate the soul, beat us down, betray the heart’s joy and even the will to continue living,” writes Dr. Suzel Frem Bourgerie, a contributing author of the publication, “Mary, Undoer of Knots.” “Knots that separate us from God, chaining our arms, legs, all our being and our faith, keeping us from flinging (ourselves) like children into the arms of God and glorifying Him. The Virgin Mother does not want this to continue…She comes to you…to give Her all these snarls because She will undo them one by one…more than ever the Holy Mother of God is ready to succor those who cry out to her…”
No matter how knotted are the events in your life, the Blessed Virgin can undo the tangles because Her Son empowers Her to. Through this prayerful devotion we are reminded that sin never entangled Our Lady; that Christ gave His Mother to be our Mother, and that She is uniquely endowed with grace and perfections to fulfill Her role, which She willingly accepts out of great love and humility.
Mary, Undoer of Knots, is a devotion that speaks to the hearts of the suffering who have become entangled in ourr own vices and failings. In the related novena, we pray and entrust our specific “knots” to Her loving hands, learning how to let go of that which binds us. To be free of the weight of our own chains means our hearts and minds are free to accept God’s mercy and begin to do His will in our lives.
You may ask why we need such picturesque devotions which, to some, seem to smack of fairy tales and children’s stories. We need them because we are human. To ponder something at once fantastic and yet attainable raises our minds and strengthens our faith that this world we live in is not the only one, and is far from the best one available. Devotions, such as Mary, Undoer of Knots, take the everyday difficulties of the human experience and transform them into opportunities to grow closer to our Creator and to our goal of heaven.
“Mary, Undoer of Knots, dearest Mother, I thank you for undoing the knots in my life. Wrap me in your mantle of love, keep me under your protection, enlighten me with your peace!”
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Comment By circleofyarn On August 6, 2009 @ 3:17 am
What an absolute blessing! Once again, Mary Undoer of Knots comes to me through the Internet late at night while I’m tied up with knots of sleeplessness! I first discovered this wonderful devotion in June 2008 when I was up late one night…concerned about an upcoming surgery for my 80 year old father…I was literally tied up in knots of worry. Instead of pacing the floor I decided to check emails. The only email I had was from EWTN. I decided to search around on their site for books and that’s when I ran across this beautiful Novena for Mary Undoer of Knots. I felt an immediate sense of peace and Holy Spirit chill bumps. I did more researching on the Internet and couldn’t wait to start sharing with my friends who are now passing it around as well. It has been fun to watch it spread. Our area Catholic bookstore is now carrying items for this particular devotion… introducing it to many more. For the last 5 years, I’ve been the facilitator of a Shawl Ministry program within our parish community…we had often considered a Patron Saint for our group. It became very clear that Mary Undoer of Knots would be our Patroness. Many who receive our shawls are tied up in knots of sickness, grief, post-abortion anguish, etc…those knots that can really beat a soul down. Our shawls represent Mary’s mantle of love — her Son’s loving arms — a tangible embrace that lends a hand in undoing the knots in the lives of those who receive. This particular Marion Devotion has become extraordinarily special to our ministry. Thank you Doreen for your wonderful article…
hi my name is michelle i had this booklet of the mary undoer of knots and can not find it i cant aford to but it at this time is there ant way you can send a printed copy of this novena i have done this novena a few years ago and was headed of depression and bad smoiking habbit i realy need to do this novena please help try to make a printed copy of this if you can my adress is 5631 mozart chicago ill 60659 thank you if can do this for me god bless my name is michele richko
hi my name is michelle i had this booklet of the mary undoer of knots and can not find it i cant aford to but it at this time is there ant way you can send a printed copy of this novena i have done this novena a few years ago and was healed in mnay ways of and of bad smoking ciggarrtes habbit i realy need to do this novena please help try to make a printed copy of this if you can my adress is 5631 mozart chicago ill 60659 thank you if can do this for me god bless my name is michele richko
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