Do You Know the True Story Behind Our Lady, Untier of Knots?

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The Source for this touching summary of Our Lady, Untier of Knots comes from my parish church – St Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia.

History of the Devotion & Image

In the early years of the 17th century, a young couple in Germany was experiencing marital difficulties and were on the brink of divorce. The husband, Wolfgang Langenmantel, sought counsel from a Jesuit priest named Fr. Jakob Rem. Fr. Rem was known for his great devotion to Our Lady.

A local custom at the time used a special ribbon during the wedding ceremony which bound the hands of the couple during the Nuptial Mass. After their marriage, Sophie, Wolfgang’s wife, had tied a knot in the ribbon after every argument with her husband. On his fourth visit to Fr. Rem, Wolfgang brought the knotted wedding ribbon. Fr. Rem raised the ribbon before an image of “Our Lady of the Snows” and prayed while untying the knots. After all of the knots were untied, the ribbon appeared as dazzling white as it was on Wolfgang’s and Sophie’s wedding day.

The couple remained happily married and their divorce was averted. In thanksgiving for this family blessing, Fr. Hieronymus Langenmantel, the grandson of Wolfgang and Sophie, commissioned Johann Schmidtner to create a painting of this event.

This painting still hangs today in the church of St. Peter am Perlach in Augsberg, Germany.

Pope Francis & Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

While studying for his doctorate in Germany in 1986, Pope Francis (then Fr. Jorge Bergoglio) visited St. Peter am Perlach Church in Augsberg where he saw the painting of Our Lady Undoer of Knots.

The image and story captivated him. He brought copies of the image home with him to Argentina. The devotion to Our Lady Undoer of Knots spread throughout his country. He composed this prayer in her honor: “Through your grace, your intercession, and your example, deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that we, free from sin and error, may find him in all things, may have our hearts placed in him, and may serve him always in our brothers and sisters.”




Prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots Virgin

Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.

Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.

Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.

You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care.

In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot: [Mention your request here] I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains. Hear my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge! Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot: [Mention your request here] I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains. Hear my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge! Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot: [Mention your request here] I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains. Hear my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge! Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot: [Mention your request here] I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains. Hear my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge! Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.