Patronness of Marriages and Conflicts

History

While the title for Our Lady, "Untier of Knots", is not associated with an apparition, it refers to an ancient text of St. Ireneus in the late 2nd century. He wrote "the knot of Eve's disobedience was loosed by Mary's obedience." We see here the beginnings of the devotion to Our Lady, Untier of Knots.

 The painting depicting Our Lady untying the knots of a white wedding ribbon was commissioned in the year 1700 by Fr. Hieronymus Ambrosius Langenmantel in thanksgiving for her intervention in his family.

 Earlier in the 17th century, Fr. Hieronymus' relatives, the noble Wolfgang Langenmantel and his wife, Sofia, began having trouble in their marriage. Having reached the point of considering divorce, they approached Fr. Jakob Rem, a Jesuit, who lived 70 km north of Augsburg. Fr. Rem was known for his strong Marian devotion and his wise counsel. The couple made four visits to this priest to pray with him and receive his advice over a 28 day period. During the final visit, Fr. Rem was praying before an image of Our Lady and in a symbolic act raised the white wedding ribbon and presented it to Our Lady untying knots in the ribbon one by one as he did so. (At that time, it was common in the wedding ceremony for the couple to be draped and joined by a single white ribbon symbolizing their union. This is still done today in various forms in some cultures.) As the ribbon was presented to Our Lady, it became brilliant white. After this time spent in prayer and the intervention of Our Lady, the noble couple persevered in their marriage and was no longer in danger of divorce.

 The painting that Fr. Hieronymus commissioned in thanksgiving for Our Lady's intervention in his family still hangs over the family altar in the church of St. Peter am Perlach in Augsburg, Germany. The painting itself, realized by Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner, depicts Our Lady untying knots in a wedding ribbon, but in the lower portion of the painting, Wolfgang Langenmantel can be seen being guided by the Archangel St. Raphael in his journey to resolve the crisis in his marriage. The advocation of Mary, Untier of Knots, has become widespread and efficacious particularly in the resolution of marital and family conflicts. The devotion has spread worldwide, finding particular popularity in Argentina and Brazil.

Evil never dared to entangle you with its confusion. Since then you have interceded for all of our difficulties. With all simplicity and patience you have given us example on how to untangle the knots in our complicated lives. By being our Mother forever, you arrange and make clear the path that unites us to Our Lord. Holy Mary, Mother of God and ours, with your maternal heart untie the knots that upset our lives. We ask you to receive in your hands ( mention who or prayer request) and deliver us from the chains and confusions that have us restrained. Blessed Virgin Mary, through your grace, your intercession and by your example, deliver us from evil and untie the knots that keep us from uniting with God, so that once free of every confusion and error, we may find Him in all things, have Him in our hearts and serve him always in our brothers and sisters. Mother of Good Counsel pray for us . Amen

Prayer to the Virgin Mary as Untier of Knots  

Holy Mary, 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, and evil
 never dared to entangle you with its confusion. Since then
 you have interceded for all of our difficulties as you did
 at the wedding feast of Cana. With all simplicity and with
 patience, you have given us an example of how to untangle
 the knots in our complicated lives. By being our mother
 forever you arrange and make clear the path that unites us
 to Our Lord.

Holy Mary, Mother of God and ours, with your maternal heart,
 untie the knots that upset our lives. We ask you to receive
 into your hands (here mention your prayer request) and
 deliver us from the chains and confusion that restrain us.
 Blessed Virgin Mary, through your grace, your intercession
 and by your example, deliver us from evil, and untie the
 knots that keep us from being united to God. So that free
 of all confusion and error, we may find him in all things,
 keep him in our hearts, and serve him always in our
 brothers and sisters. Mother of Good Counsel pray for us.
 Amen.

Novena to Mary Untier of Knots.

The Sign of the Cross

Act of Contrition


Blessed Virgin Mary, the one who unties the knots, in marriage, in people and of nations, I offer you this novena requesting the follo-wing intentions:

(mention here the favors that you wish to obtain)

 

First Day

Bible reading: ... and now she will bear a son. You shall call him 'Jesus' for he will save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1, 21 )

Brief Reflection: Our Lord Jesus, was born of the flesh and blood of the Holy Virgin Mary, spouse of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, untied the tongues of the mute, the obstacles to the paralytics, he remove the yoke of the oppressed , and he liberated the sinners with his death. Jesus, through his Death and Resurrection is the Great Untier of Knots of our humanity united to sin. His Mother, first disciple and coore-demptrix, will untied our knots.

(Brief meditation: meditate with one decade of the Holy Rosary: One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's, One Glory be and the Prayer to The Virgin Mary untier of Knots)

Our Father


The Hail Mary

Glory Be


`Prayer to the Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

 Mater Ter Admirabilis ! (Mother Three Times Admirable!)

Second day: 

Bible reading: ... And the Angel said to her in reply, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. (Luke 1, 35)

Brief Reflection: The Holy Spirit, Third Person of God, overshadowed the womb of the Virgin Mary full of grace, and the power of the most High was with her so that she would give birth to our savior made man. That is why the Virgin Mary is blessed and holy. In her, The Son of God inhabited. Who better than his Mother, to aid us and help us to dismantle our tangled conflicts!

 (Brief meditation: meditate with one decade of the Holy Rosary: One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's, One Glory be
 and the Prayer to Our Virgin Mary untier of Knots)


Our Father

The Hail Mary

Glory Be


`Prayer to the Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

 Mater Ter Admirabilis ! ((Mother Three Times Admirable!) Mother of the Good Counsel !
Third day: 
Bible reading: Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. Then the Angel departed from her. ( Luke 1, 38 )

Brief Reflection: The Virgin Mary meekly undergoes the designs of God, alt-hough with certain reservations. ".. How can this beif I do not know man?she accepts, with some concerns. How many doubts will we have when we have moved away from God, and in our mistakes, we have knitted a useless cobweb of knots. Let us give our griefs to the council of Mary.

 (Brief meditation: meditate with one decade of the Holy Rosary: One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's, One Glory be
 and the Prayer to Our Virgin Mary untier of Knots)

Our Father

The Hail Mary

Glory Be


`Prayer to the Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

 Mater Ter Admirabilis ! ((Mother Three Times Admirable!) Mother of Good Counsel !, Mother of Divine Grace.

Fourth day:

Bible reading: When the angels had left them and gone back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go as far as Bethlehem and see what the Lord has made known to us." So they came hurriedly and found Mary and Joseph with the baby lying in the manger. On seeing this they related what they had been told about the child, 18 and all were astonished on hearing the shepherds.As for Mary, she treasured all these messages and continually pondered over them. (Luke 2, 15-19)


Brief Reflection: They went to Bethlehem, where they found the Child, The word made flesh", the only Truth. Let us walk through our desert, that with the guidence of the Archangel Raphael, that we may come closer to Mary Mother of the Church, and with her to Jesus. Little by little, the knots of error that make us prisoners will be untied. The Truth shall set us free. Let us walk in confidence towards our liberation.

(Brief meditation: meditate with one decade of the Holy Rosary: One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's, One Glory be
 and the Prayer to Our Virgin Mary untier of Knots)

Our Father

The Hail Mary

Glory Be


`Prayer to the Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

 Mater Ter Admirabilis ! (Mother Three Times Admirable!) Help of All Christians.

Fifth day:

Bible Reading: Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; and the door will be opened to him who knocks. (Mathew 7, 7-8)

Brief Reflection: The Heart of Mary is opened to us, like the door to heaven. We only need to ask for her help and her maternal arms will open for our tor-tured spirits. In her we will find the solution to our problems, balm for our pain, and answers to our doubts. Mary our help, intercede for us.

 (Brief meditation: meditate with one decade of the Holy Rosary: One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's One Glory be
 and the Prayer to Our Virgin Mary untier of Knots)

Our Father

The Hail Mary

Glory Be

`Prayer to the Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

 Mater Ter Admirabilis ! (Mother Three Times Admirable!) Door to Heaven, Consolation of the Afflicted.
Sixth day: 
Bible reading: "Jesus replied, "Woman, your thoughts are not mine! My hour has not yet come." 5 However his mother said to the servants, "Do what-ever he tells you." (John 2, 4-5)

Brief Reflection: In the wedding feast of Cana , the patient Virgin Mary interce-des for the guest. With this act, she inaugurates her Mediation between the Son of God and men. The faithful servant of the Lord, is our most humble and maternal servant, in our afflictions, despairs, tribulations and wrongs doings. She is the Mediatrix of all graces, to which we commend ourselves in our intricate problems, that with her maternal hands, she will untie the knots that still imprison us.

 (Brief meditation: meditate with one decade of the Holy Rosary: One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's, One Glory be
 and the Prayer to Our Virgin Mary untier of Knots)

Our Father

The Hail Mary

Glory Be

`Prayer to the Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

 Mater Ter Admirabilis ! (Mother Three Times Admirable!) Mother of Divine Grace.
Seventh day: 
Bible reading: It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.(Luke 23, 44)

Brief Reflection: The Fathers will is about to be acomplished; Our Lord Jesus Christ will die on the cross for our salvation, in the promise of his Resurrec-tion. From the darkness the light will shine to illumine us, freedom from darkness. We already see our problems with more clarity. Our ties loosen, in the measure in which they conform to the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. At this time we are closer to his Mother, the Virgin Mary.

(Brief meditation: meditate with one decade of the Holy Rosary: One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's, One Glory be and the Prayer to Our Virgin Mary untier of Knots)

Our Father

The Hail Mary

Glory Be

`Prayer to the Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

 Mater Ter Admirabilis ! (Mother Three Times Admirable!) Mother of Christ.
Eighth day: 
Bible reading: When Jesus saw his Mother, and the disciple whom he loved, he said to his Mother, "Woman,
 there is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "There is your mother." And from that moment the
 disci-ple took her to his own home. (John 19, 26-27)

Brief Reflection: At the moment Jesus went to the Father, he leaves us in the care of his Mother. It is the greatest legacy that Jesus left to Our Virgin Mary, and when he points out to the disciple he loves, he gives her custody of the whole humanity. She will be our Advocate, Helper, Benefac-tress, and Mediatrix. The handmaid of the Lord, will grant us freedom through her intercesion, she will untie the final knots that make us prisoners.

(Brief meditation: meditate with one decade of the Holy Rosary: One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's, One Glory be
 and the Prayer to Our Virgin Mary untier of Knots)

Our Father

The Hail Mary

Glory Be


`Prayer to the Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

 Mater Ter Admirabilis ! (Mother Three Times Admirable!), Mother of Christ, Help of All Christians.
Ninth day: 
Bible reading: All of these together gave themselves to constant prayer. With them were some women and also Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers... and when the day of Pentecost arrived, all were filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:14 and 2:1-4)

Brief Reflection: Our Father sends the Holy Spirit on the feast of Pentecost , that will feed us in our faith. This is the same faith that with Marys maternal help, will remove the bonds that keep us prisoners. With the light of the Holy Spirit we see in meridian clarity which of our anguishes had our spirit trapped. The guidance of Saint Michael the Archangel has always been certain, Saint Gabriel the Archangel will announce my freedom and Saint Michael the Archangel, will protect me from any attack. The Evil one (the serpent), overpowered by the presence of Mary, lies at her feet, made into a useless knot, unable to touch us.

(Brief meditation: meditate with one decade of the Holy Rosary: One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's, One Glory be
 and the Prayer to: Our Virgin Mary untier of Knots)

Our Father

The Hail Mary

Glory Be


`Prayer to the Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

Mater Ter Admirabilis ! (Mother Three Times Admirable!) Mother of Christ, Help of All Christians.

- Psalm - For the Marriage 
   Lady mine Holy Mother of God! 
   Confident in the protection of your influx, 
   Light of the Holy Spirit, I ask your singular safekeeping 
   And your Maternal bosom, that you mediate for the union. 
   You, who with generous grace, 
   undo the complex knots of conjugal life, 
   Today, I pray for mine; 
   With our own faults we had weaved, 
   A maze of stumbling blocks in the ribbon of love, 
   By our faults, we dwell in anguish and frustration, 
   Which makes our existence sordid and afflicted. 
   See Here, Mother of God! 
   We are your sons;
   Forgive our mistakes, 
   Help us untie this terrible hank.
   You are compassionate, bearing and Holy Woman! 
 Amen
 
         
 

 

Blessed Virgin Mary Undoer of Knots
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