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Novena to Mary Undoer of Knots

Novena to Mary Undoer of Knots

The devotion of Mary the Undoer of Knots has become known worldwide in recent years because she is one of Pope Francis’ favourite novenas; He has distributed the image of the painting of “Mary, the Undoer of Knots” with its novena everywhere. The novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, suggests that for nine days you give Mary a certain knot in your life so that she can intercede to God and obtain His graces for you.

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Programme of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots

Go to Mary each day in prayer and give her a particular knot in your life: a hurt, a difficulty, a lack, something that prevents you from finding peace etc. She can give you inner peace and undo all of the knots in your life.

Each day you will pray the following:


The novena is sometimes simplified and it is possible to reduce the number of decades of the Hail Mary. The most important thing is to persevere in prayer up until the end of the nine days.

Father Celeiro’s Nine Meditations during the Novena

Day 1:  Mary, Mother of Mercy
"Mother of Mercy, look with kindness upon me, your poor child, and obtain for me the grace to grow in merciful love. Through your maternal intercession with your Son, Jesus Christ, help me to be merciful to others, realizing that they, too, have knots in their life that they are struggling with."

Day 2:  Mary, Seat of Wisdom
"Mary, Seat of Wisdom, look with kindness upon me, your poor child, and obtain for me the grace to grow in wisdom. Through your maternal intercession with your Son, Jesus Christ, help me to use this wisdom to counsel others, when prudent, that they might more easily see how to untie the knots in their lives."

Day 3:  Mary, Mother of Purity
"Mother of Purity, look with kindness upon me, your poor child, and obtain for me the grace to grow in purity. Through your maternal intercession with your Son, Jesus Christ, help me to be freed from all lustful sins and help others who struggle with them."

Day 4:  Mary, Mother of Fair Love
"Mother of Fair Love, look with kindness upon me, your poor child, and obtain for me the grace to grow in charity. Through your maternal intercession with your Son, Jesus Christ, help me to love others with unselfish, heroic charity."

Day 5:  Mary, Queen of Peace
"Mary, Queen of Peace, look with kindness upon me, your poor child, and obtain for me the grace to maintain Christ’s peace in all situations. Through your maternal intercession with your Son, Jesus Christ, help me to not be disturbed and discouraged, no matter the circumstances that I find myself in."

Day 6: Mary, Mother of Justice

"Mary, Mother of Justice, look with kindness upon me, your poor child, and obtain for me the grace to act justly toward God and neighbor. Through your maternal intercession with your Son, Jesus Christ, help me to give each person their due, and to pray each day as is just to so great a God."

Day 7:  Mary, Queen of the Family
"Mary, Queen of the family, look with kindness upon me, your poor child, and obtain for me the grace to be a blessing in my family. Through your maternal intercession with your Son, Jesus Christ, help me to show God’s love to my family and in each family with whom I am blessed to interact."

Day 8:  Mary, Untier of Knots
"Mary, Untier of Knots, look with kindness upon me, your poor child, and obtain for me the grace to see all the knots in my life that try to separate me from God. Through your maternal intercession with your Son, Jesus Christ, help me to give each knot to God and allow Him to undo it."

Day 9:  Mary, Queen of Heaven
"Mary, Queen of Heaven, look with kindness upon me, your poor child, and obtain for me the grace to die in sanctifying grace. Through your maternal intercession with your Son, Jesus Christ, help me to avoid mortal sin and lead others to conversion and salvation."

The meditations and prayers of Father Celeiro are the most commonly used. However, other novenas use a similar format.

Confide the Knots of Your Life to Mary with Hozana

Before starting the novena, choose the knot in your life that you are unable to undo and that you would like to give to Mary during the nine days. This knot can be a difficulty in your life or the life of someone else, either spiritual or material, englobing all the trials you have encountered in life. It could be for example, sickness, depression, addiction, a rupture, problems in marriage, finding employment or housing, etc; Some knots are deep wounds tied to events that you may be going through.

The Virgin Mary, with all of her patience and tenderness, as a loving mother, welcomes all of her children with their knots and takes us directly to the Father who is merciful.

Mary has appeared in many different areas of the world, each time giving us the opportunity to pray to her in different ways. With Hozana you can discover more about Mary and pray in union with others world wide. For example she appeared in Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous and said, “I am the Immaculate Conception”, in rue du Bac to Saint Catherine Labouré  where the Miraculous Medal was created, and in Fatima to the five small children where the sun spun in circles.