Pope Francis will conclude the Church’s month-long Rosary marathon with special prayers to Mary, Undoer of Knots, one of his favourite titles for the mother of Jesus.
Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg, Germany, will bring an icon of Mary Undoer of Knots to the May 31 prayer service in the Vatican Gardens, and Pope Francis and his guests will pray that Mary will “untie the knots that oppress us materially and spiritually so that we can witness with joy to her son, our Lord Jesus Christ”, a Vatican news release said.
“The choice of this image represents a special prayer that Our Lady would intercede to untie the sufferings that have bound the world in this time of crisis” for people’s health, economic survival, psychological state and personal relationships, the pontifical council said.
“Pope Francis will entrust to the Blessed Virgin five prayer intentions, five ‘knots’ to undo,” the statement said. The five are: injured relationships; unemployment; violence, especially domestic violence; universal access to health care and vaccines; and the need for renewed pastoral enthusiasm and outreach.
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