The idea of Mary working for us to help us untie the knots in our lives stuck a special chord with me. Some of our difficulties can be like stubborn knots that many times a massage therapist can literally feel in our shoulders and back. It is often the difficulties we have with in relationships with those closest to us that create the largest knots–marriage being high on the list.
The visualization of working with Mary to undo all those stubborn knots is what the Novena to Mary Undoer of Knots is all about.
The greater awareness of the devotion to Mary, Untier of Knots is due to Pope Francis who introduced it to the people of Argentina where he presided as the Archbishop before becoming the Pope of the Catholic Church.
Looking on the internet for information about this devotion, I ran across this adapted prayer on the Word Among Us website that it one of my favorites:
Prayer to Our Lady Undoer of Knots
Holy Mary, full of God’s presence, during your life you accepted the Father’s will with full humility, and the devil was never able to tie you up with his confusion.
Since then, you have interceded for all our difficulties, as you did at the wedding feast of Cana. Full of kindness and patience, you show us how to untie the knots of our lives. By always being our mother, you arrange and clarify the ties that link us to the Lord.
Holy Mary, Mother of God and of us all, you untie the knots of our lives with a mother’s heart. We place our intentions in your hands [mention your prayer request], and we ask you to disentangle every knot and confusion.
Through your grace, intercession, and example, protect us from all evil, and untie the knots that keep us from being united to God. Free from confusion and error, may we find him in all things, keep our hearts in him, and serve him always in our brothers and sisters.
Adapted from a prayer attributed to Fr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis). Source: www.desatadora.com.ar
Mary, Untier of Knots Chaplet by prayerbedes