Our Lady, Undoer of Knots-New Prayer for Missalettes

The new prayer, found in the front cover of the Missalettes, is a special Devotion of Pope Francis. While studying in Germany in the 1980s, Pope Francis discovered this devotion at the Church of St. Peter am Perlach in Augsburg. In the church, there is a painting from about 1700 that depicts Mary in heaven surrounded by angels. She stands on the crescent moon crushing the head of the serpent, Satan. She holds a long ribbon and is untying a large knot, one of several on the ribbon.

This devotion had a profound impact on the devotional life of Pope Francis. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he introduced and encouraged the devotion to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. The devotion was so intensely popular throughout Argentina and Brazil that the British Guardian called it “a religious craze.”

This beautiful prayer, similar to the “Memorare,” moves us to invoke the compassion of our Blessed Mother. In her maternal care for each of us, she wants us to remain close to her Son, Jesus. Never would she want the burdens of life to cause us to lose hope or despair.

Yes, sometimes our lives may seem one big knot due to circumstances beyond our control, as when we face the medical problem, financial disaster and difficulties in relationships. Yet, we look to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, who stood faithfully at the foot of the cross with her Son, trusting that every Good Friday will pass to the glory of Easter.

With humble and contrite hearts, we can depend upon the prayers and intercession of our Blessed Mother to show us the way and to help us unknot our lives so as to live in the freedom of God’s children.

Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the

days of your life, you accepted with full

humility the Father’s will, and the devil was

never capable of tying you up with his


Once with your Son you interceded for our difficulties,

and full of kindness and patience,

you gave us example of how to untie the knots

in our life. By remaining forever Our Mother,

you put in order and make more clear the ties

that link us to the Lord.

Holy Mother, Mother of God and our Mother,

to you who untie with a motherly heart the

knots of our life, we pray to you to receive us

into your hands, and to free us of the knots and

confusion with which our enemy attacks.

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. 


Special devotion of Pope Francis

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