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Posted on Apr 21, 2016 |

Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots Begins Friday

Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots Begins Friday

A life-size statue of Mary as Undoer of Knots in a Marian procession in Manila. The painting it's based on dates to the late 1600s and shows Mary untying knots that represent our sins, helping us to lead more holy lives.

A life-size statue of Mary as Undoer of Knots in a Marian procession in Manila. The painting it’s based on dates to the late 1600s and shows Mary untying knots that represent our sins, helping us to lead more holy lives.

Dayton (OH)-based novena reminder project Pray More Novenas will begin a new novena Friday, this one to Mary, Undoer of Knots.

A favorite of Pope Francis, this devotion emphasizes how Mary can help undo the knots of our lives and bring us closer to Christ.

The creation of Dayton residents John-Paul and Annie Deddens, Pray More Novenas helps users pray with daily email reminders and web-based prayer aids. Users can pray from their computer screens each day or print out the whole nine days of prayer ahead of time; can read the prayers silently or aloud, alone or in groups; or can pray along with audio recordings. (For our story on the site, click here.)

More than 160,000 people subscribe to the service, which brings users a new novena at least once a month, and the audience is growing steadily.

“The devotion to Mary, Undoer of Knots comes from the second century,” says the Deddens duo. “Saint Irenaeus explained it, saying: The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by the obedience of Mary; what the virgin Eve bound by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith.

“Basically, the Blessed Virgin Mary can undo the knots in our lives! Whatever has separated us from God and hardened our hearts – be it violence, pride, the absence of peace, anguish, despair, depression, sickness or discord — Mary has such compassion for us and prays for us to her son, Jesus Christ.”

To pray the novena with tens of thousands of people around the world, click on the link Mary, Undoer of Knots Novena and subscribe to the free service.

 

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