What is the origin of this devotion?
It started in 1700, with the anonymous painting of Our Lady Undoer of Knots, venerated in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Germany, and is especially popular in Brazil.
It is based on a meditation of Saint Irenaeus about the parallel made by Saint Paul between Adam and Christ. Saint Irenaeus adapted this meditation and applied it to Eve and Mary, saying:
“Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it”.
Who should pray this novena?
All who have complicated troubles for which they do not see any solution… knots in our families, in our souls, in our Church, in our society.
Above all, for those who have knots in their lives that oppress the soul, discourage the practice of virtue, and kill the heart’s joy and separate us from God.
Saint Louis de Montfort says that what “Eve ruined and lost by disobedience Mary saved by obedience. By obeying the serpent, Eve ruined her children as well as herself and delivered them up to him. Mary by her perfect fidelity to God saved her children with herself and consecrated them to his divine majesty.”
He adds that “the humble Mary will always triumph over Satan, the proud one, and so great will be her victory that she will crush his head, the very seat of his pride. She will unmask his serpent's cunning and expose his wicked plots. She will scatter to the winds his devilish plans and to the end of time will keep her faithful servants safe from his cruel claws.
Finally, he says:
“Mary's power over the evil spirits will especially shine forth in the latter times, when Satan will lie in wait for her heel, that is, for her humble servants and her poor children whom she will rouse to fight against him.”
With the absolute certainty in Our Lady’s power to undo the knots in our lives caused by the devil, the world and the flesh, let’s pray this amazing prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots.
Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots
Holy Mary, who unties the seven knots, 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.
Together with your Son, you interceded for our difficulties, and with simplicity and patience, you have taught us how to undo the knots that entangled our lives. By being our Mother, you smooth and make clear the ties that unite us to Our Lord.
Cover us with your protective mantle and permit us to experience, in your loving and maternal protection: Peace, Harmony, and Purity.
In our sin: Deliver us
In our distress: Succor us
In our sorrow: Comfort us
In our fear: Encourage us
In our illness: Relieve us
In our weakness: Strengthen us
Holy Mary, Mother of God and ours, with your maternal heart undo the knots that entangle our lives. We ask you to receive in your hands ( mention who or prayer request ) and liberate us from these entanglements.
Blessed Virgin Mary, through your grace, your intercession, and your example, deliver us from evil and untie the knots that obstruct our unity with God, so that we may find Him in all things, have Him in our hearts, and serve Him always.