Knotenlöserin Lady

Knotenlösering Lady. Johann Georg Melchior Schmidtner. XVIII century.

Our Knotenlösering Lady or Mary untier of knots…

Our Lady untier of knots is a Marian title that belongs to the representations of the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

The painting…

The origin of the devotion is linked to the painting by Johann Georg Melchior Schmidtner around the year 1700, where he represented the Virgin Mary in a red robe and a blue mantle, who is untying some knots of a tangled rope that is passed on to him by the angel on his right, being the one on her left who holds the untied rope, free of knots. Mary is surrounded by heavenly cherubims, crowned by stars and, topped by a dove, the Holy Spirit.

She is standing on a half moon, stepping on the head of a twisted snake with her left foot.

At the bottom part of the painting, right in the center, it is represented the biblical passage where the Archangel Raphael leads Tobias in the dark.

The painting talks about the help of Mary untying the knots, meaning human problems. The angelic realm help in these tasks, they provide help to Mary and to guide men from earthly life to heavenly one, as indicated in the lower part of the painting. The Lady is in heavenly grace surrounded by cherubims and the Holy Spirit’s light.

The Pope and his devotion to Our Knotenlöserin Lady…

The great devotion that this Marian title has acquired is linked to Pope Francis. They say that when he saw the painting in Germany, he got captivated by it and took a postcard of it from Augsburg to Buenos Aires so they could make a copy, which is found in San José del Talar church nowadays.

Where is venerated?

In addition to Argentina, where the admiration for the miraculous has penetrated so deep that they want to build a sanctuary, they also want to build a temple in Mexico, specifically in Cancun, in Quintana Roo.

The veneration is taking on a global dimension thanks to the Pope’s devotion.

Her festivity and day of the month…

Officially, his festuvity is celebrated on December 8th , feast of his advocation.

Monthly, Masses are celebrated in his honor on the 28th, which is preceded by the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament accompanied by a basket with the requests of the faithful people that require the help of Mary to untie their knots.

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