The prayer reads:
Blessed Mother, take into your hands
the knots that affect married couples,
and with your long fingers of love and grace,
undo these knots for the glory of God.
Visit married couples with your grace,
renew their sacramental covenant,
increase God's love in them,
and strengthen their bond of peace
so that, with their children,
they may always rejoice in the gift of
Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for us.
The image you see here is of the original "Mary, Undoer of Knots," a once obscure, 300 year-old painting that has become one of the fastest growing Marian devotions in the world today. Known in her German homeland as "Maria Knotenlöserin," this beautiful sacred image by Catholic master painter Johann Schmidtner was inspired by a real German family's story of marital disunity, struggle, intercession, and powerful reconciliation. Discovered and then expanded into a Marian devotion in the 1980's by then-Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio, "Mary, Undoer of Knots" is a favorite devotion of Pope Francis himself, and continues to spread throughout the world due to his influence. This image of the original "Mary, Undoer of Knots" has undergone professional digital restoration to remove the effects of 300 years of aging and candle-smoke.
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