Mary Untier of Knots: Prayer and History

Mary Untier of Knots

(Mary Untier of Knots by Johann Georg Schmidtner c. 1700)

Prayer to Our Lady Untier of Knots

Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love,
Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need,
Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children
because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart,
cast your compassionate eyes upon me
and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain,
and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of His children,
I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the Evil One himself,
can take it away from your precious care.
In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace
and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus,
take into your hands today this knot.

(mention your petition here)

I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all.
You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me,
the fortification of my feeble strength,
the enrichment of my destitution,
and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, O safe refuge!

(retrieved from HERE on 01/13/2016)

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Our Lady of the Assumption

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De hemelvaart van Maria“, Rubens, circa A.D. 1626



God’s Son became your Son and you became both our Mother and Queen. From your heavenly throne, intercede for your subjects who are daily confronted with life’s trials.  Help us to find comfort in our recourse to you and bring us closer to your Divine Son whose glory and honor we proclaim forever.


Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

Pope Benedict XVI prays in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima during the blessing of the candles at Fatima's Sanctuary, Portugal, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Pope Benedict XVI prays in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima during the blessing of the candles at Fatima’s Sanctuary, Portugal, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

On Thursday, May 13, 2010; at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima; Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a mass in which he addressed the message of Our Lady of Fatima, and the continuation of her prophetic message to the world.  Though her message was given to the three young children shepherds, it spread throughout the world and was intended to all faithful of good will.

“At a time when the human family was ready to sacrifice all that was most sacred on the altar of the petty and selfish interests of nations, races, ideologies, groups and individuals, our Blessed Mother came from heaven, offering to implant in the hearts of all those who trust in her the Love of God burning in her own heart. At that time it was only to three children, yet the example of their lives spread and multiplied, especially as a result of the travels of the Pilgrim Virgin, in countless groups throughout the world dedicated to the cause of fraternal solidarity. May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfilment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.” – Pope Benedict during the May 13th Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on the 10th anniversary of the beatification of the young shepherds of Fatima; Jacinta and Francisco.  [full transcript of the homily of Pope Benedict on this occasion can be found HERE]

May we continue to open our hearts to Our Lady, allowing her to implant into our own hearts the Love of God that burns within her own.  May Our Lady bless us and keep us all near to Her heart.

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Brown Scapular of Mt. Carmel


Brown Scapular

In a 1950 discussion with Father Howard Rafferty, Sister Lucia stated that during the final Fatima apparition on October 13, 1917; “Our Lady held the scapular [brown scapular of Mt. Carmel] in Her hands because She wants us all to wear it”.

The history of the Brown Scapular dates back to a vision received by St. Simon Stock on July 16, 1251.  Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock and  handed him a brown woolen scapular with the instructions that it was a privilege for the Carmelite order.  She stated that anyone dying in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire.  Eventually the Church extended this blessing to all faithful who are willing to be invested in the Brown Scapular of the Carmelites. [For more information on the history of the Brown Scapular, its devotion and privileges, and investiture please visit Sisters of Carmel website].

The Brown Scapular is a silent prayer to Our Lady as she draws us closer to her Divine Son, Jesus. Those invested in the Brown Scapular are dear to Our Lady’s heart.  As Sister Lucia stated, “She wants us all to wear it”, and be invested to her protection.

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The Fatima Chaplet

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This Chaplet was designed and created by the Fatima Project’s director for the purpose of reflecting on the prayers and promises of Fatima.  It received Nihil Obstat from Dr. Chris Burgwald, S.T.D., and obtained Imprimatur from The Most Reverend Paul J. Swain Bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota on September 12, 2012 [Feast Day of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

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Pope St. John Paul II Consecration to Our Lady of Fatima 03/25/1984

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Pope’s prayer to Our Lady of Fatima (Pope Saint John Paul II)

In the afternoon of March 25, 1984, inside the Vatican Basilica and before the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima, before it was taken to the Basilica of St. John Lateran for an all-night vigil, the Holy Father prayed as follows:

Brothers and Sisters.

Before this Marian stay in St. Peter’s Basilica comes to an end, allow me to say a word of thanks. I want to thank you, Mother of Christ, Our Lady of Fatima, who have given us this honor today, the third Sunday of Lent, the day of the Jubilee for families; you who have paid us this visit on a day so full of our faith and our hope. As Bishop of Rome I want to than you, Mother of Christ, Our Lady of Fatima, for this visit of yours in St. Peter’s Basilica on a day when this basilica and this square, filled with pilgrims for the Holy Year of the Redemption, have been able to attend a solemn, deeply felt, I would say suffered, act of entrustment, an act addressed to your Immaculate Heart and, in your Immaculate Heart, addressed to your Son, the Redeemer of the world, the Redeemer of man. We rely on this Immaculate Heart of yours, a mother’s Heart, because in this Heart of yours you carried him as his mother. We rely on this mother’s Heart of yours because with this Heart you embrace all his disciples, indeed all individuals.

So today we have wanted to entrust the fate of the world, of individuals, of peoples, to your Immaculate Heart in order to arrive at the very center of the mystery of Redemption, the mystery that is stronger than all the sins of man and of the world, the mystery in which one can conquer sin in its various forms, in which one can begin, can inaugurate, a new world. And we so need this new world because we experience more and more that the old world, the world of sin, oppresses us, frightens us, brings us various forms of injustice; many times under the name of justice it brings us injustice.

So we have wanted to choose this Sunday, the third Sunday of Lent of the year 1984, still within the Holy Year of the Redemption, for the act of entrusting, of consecrating the world, the great human family, all peoples, especially those in such need of this consecration, this entrustment. All this we have been able to do according to our poor human ability, in the dimension of your motherly concern.

Our Lady of Fatima, to whom we are so devoted and so grateful, indeed in the most intimate and personal sense, you had wanted to pay us a visit on this day that is so important here in Rome. How grateful we are for this! How thankful we are for this! What grace you have given us with this presence of yours which I would say is personal. And our gratitude is extended to the guardian of your sanctuary in Fatima, our beloved brother in the episcopate, the bishop of Leiria-Fatima. We are grateful to him for bringing us the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. We are all grateful, all Romans, above all the Bishop of Rome. We are so grateful for this visit of the statue of Fatima here in our own surroundings: first in the Pauline Chapel of the Vatican, then in my private chapel, then in St. Peter’s Square during the great celebration, and finally in this basilica. Now in this basilica there comes to an end the visit of Our Lady of Fatima who, to continue her presence in Rome, will go to the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, St. John Lateran, and then, according to what I have learned, to the Sanctuary of Divine Love. Excuse us, O Madonna, excuse us, Oh Mother of Jesus, if we have to meet in this Rome in various places, in different sites. We must open, we want to open, the grace of your presence to the various locales of this large city and diocese of the Pope. I thank you for everything, and I thank you in the name of everyone, especially in the name of the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, of my brothers in the episcopate, of all the priests, of the whole People of God in this city and in this Church.

I kiss your feet for wanting to direct your steps to us.

May I be permitted, Oh Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, to give again in your presence a Blessing to all present and to the whole Church of Rome.


Source:  L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly English Edition, 2 April 1984, 8-10

Retrieved from: 01/03/2016

About the Fatima Project

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Our Mission

The Fatima Project is an evangelistic apostolate that seeks to spread the Gospel message of Jesus Christ as revealed by Holy Scripture, Tradition, the teaching authority of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and through the approved messages given by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima,while remaining obedient to the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. Our mission is funded through tax deductible donations and through sales of our gift shop products.

Our History

The Fatima Project was born after years of making rosaries for Dakota Rosary Works.  Through the ministry of sharing the rosary, we were blessed by the faith of our customers, and enriched beyond description by the devotion of so many that shared their devotions and experiences with us. Our prior background in counseling, youth ministry, parish life, and phone time and conference time through Dakota Rosary Works has afforded us the opportunity to see and hear firsthand the issues plaguing our families, pastors, their staff, and the parishes as a whole. It is our sincerest hope that The Fatima Project can become a resource for families, individuals and local pastors, assisting them in their effort to bring about a revitalized community, firmly established in God, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the teachings of the Catholic Church.