The devotion of Our Lady Undoer of Knots originated in Germany and was inspired by story of a married man who sought counsel from a Jesuit priest to save his marriage. On Sept. 28, 1615, the man brought the couple’s wedding ribbon – which symbolized the union of man and wife in the marriage ceremony – to the appointment, during which the priest raised it before an image of Our Lady of the Snows while untying the knots. As the knots were untied, the ribbon became white as snow, which was taken as a confirmation that their prayers had been heard, and indeed, the marriage was saved.
In 1700, the couple’s grandson commissioned a painting commemorating the event, and it hangs to this day in the Church of St Peter am Perlach, and venerated as Mary Untier of Knots.
Father Jorge Bergoglio discovered this devotion while studying in Germany, and brought it back to his native Argentina. The devotion is popular throughout South America, particularly in Argentina and Brazil.
The Novena has ecclesiastical approval, receiving the NIHIL OBSTAT and IMPRIMATUR from the Archdiocese of Paris.