Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mary Untier of Knots, Pope Francis, and His Prayer to Her

August 22, 2013. ( Pope Francis has displayed a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, over the course of his first six months as Pope. That includes his visit to the Aparecida Shrine during WYD in Rio.

But there's another German advocation that he has shows fondness to, Mary Untier of Knots.

Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires
“It's a German advocation, and that same face full of surprise, we placed it in Argentina when he first enthroned a depiction at a parish. Mary Untier of the Knots is Our Lady who unties all problems in life, and frees us from the deceptions the Devil bounds us to.”

Pope Francis discovered this Marian advocation when he lived in Germany in the 1980's, while he researched the works of theologian Romano Guardini.

He was drawn to the significance of Mary Untier of Knots so much that when he returned home he promoted her devotion. Today, the image is worshiped by thousands in Argentina.

Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires
“It's a deep devotion to Our Lady, so deep that in the parish where he enthroned the depiction, it has naturally become a sanctuary. In other words, large groups of people are drawn to the image.”

Mary Untier of Knots is a depiction of the Immaculate Conception, so her feast day is also celebrated on December 8. Her image was painted by Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner, at the start of the Eighteenth Century.

Pope Francis's Prayer to Our Lady Untier of Knots

Jorge Bergoglio brought this devotion to Argentina and composed this prayer.

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 to tie you around with his confusion
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 of our life.
And 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 motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands (the name of person),
and to free him/her 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. Amen

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