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Mary Undoer of Knots Shrine,Mount Lemmon, Arizona


Mount Lemmon, Arizona, is home to a unique place of pilgrimage, the Shrine of Mary Undoer of Knots, combined with a veterans memorial and a historical monument, a bell tower housing the Paul Revere bell made by Revere's son.


Father Paul Rankin, pastor of St. Melanie Byzantine Catholic Church in Tuscon, Arizona, founded the shrine as an outreach supported by some generous donors. A number of extraordinary craftsmen collaborated in creating the buildings and the art for this beautiful place of pilgrimage.


The shrine website talks about the tradition of Mary Undoer of Knots:

"The devotion to Mary as the Undoer of Knots is the earliest in Christendom, as it goes back to the early church father, St. Ireneaus, Bishop and Martyr (130-201). In his writing "Against Heresies" he stated: “…the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the virgin Mary set free through faith.” (St. Ireneaus, Against Heresies, III.22.4) "

The shrine's mission is to "...provide pilgrims a place where sacraments, prayer, and guidance are given to those seeking Mary's intercession to undo tightly-wound knots in their lives."


The site has a lot of excellent information about the shrine and our faith. Iconographer Father Peter Pearson wrote the patron icon in 2017. The Theotokos is surrounded by a number of Saints, among them St. Therese of Lisieux and her newly canonized parents, Louis and Zelie Martin. There are separate images of each Saint linked to detailed biographies. The article Mission of Shrines is of special interest here because it talks about the purpose of pilgrimage.


If there are knots in your life, pray the Novena to Mary Undoer of Knots.


God bless your pilgrimage,

The Pilgrim


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