Celebrating the People and Cultures of Marian Devotion
The Miraculous Medal Shrine celebrates the people, cultures and traditions that are the tapestry of our Catholic faith. Bringing people of all cultures and ethnicity is the Shrine’s mission. Our faith has a rich history of diverse cultural devotions to Mary, and we celebrate Our Lady in all her titles. Here are the cultural shrines currently located at The Miraculous Medal Shrine.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
In 1531, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego, a recent convert to the Catholic faith. As a sign of her apparition, Our Lady asked Juan to gather roses from the hillside in his cloak. To his amazement, an image of the Blessed Mother appeared on the cloak’s fabric when he released the roses.
Today, devotes of Our Lady of Guadalupe can visit The Miraculous Medal Shrine to pay homage to Mary in the Lower Shrine area where a special shrine is housed. The shrine includes a wall of roses, which bears the names of loved ones. Roses are available for purchase for 5” plaque (Miraculous Tilma), 4” plaque (Roses in Winter), and 3” plaque (Tepeyac Hill) through our Gift Shop.
Our Lady of Vailankanni
In the 16th or 17th centuries, Our Lady appeared twice in the small town of Vailankanni, India. In both instances, miracles were performed. The first apparition occurred when a young boy was delivering milk. En route to his destination, he was asked by a mother to share his milk with her child. He did, and when he arrived at his destination, he discovered he had a full supply of milk. In the second apparition, a lame boy selling buttermilk was asked by a woman holding a child if he would share his milk, which he did. The woman then asked him to instruct others to build a chapel in Vailankanni. Church tradition relates that the boy was no longer lame after this encounter.
Devotees are welcome to come to The Miraculous Medal Shrine where a tribute altar is located in the Lower Shrine. The local Indian community also holds an annual Mass and celebration on the feast day of Our Lady of Vailankanni in September. This year the celebration will be presented as a virtual Mass and celebration via a livestream only on Saturday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m. Watch via livestream or Facebook.
Our Lady of FIAT
In the Filipino community, FIAT has a dual meaning. According to Catholic teaching, it represents Mary accepting her role as the Mother of Jesus. It is also an acronym for Filipinos in America Today. Recently, the Filipino community collaborated with the these devotees to construct a shrine dedicated to Our Lady according to their cultural devotion. The beautiful shrine is adorned with elements of the culture and customs of the Philippines. It includes attire handcrafted in the Philippines consisting of translucent Capiz shells and pineapple fibers.
Our Lady of FIAT shrine is located in the Lower Shrine of The Miraculous Medal Shrine for the faithful as a place to deepen their devotion, prayer and strength.
Our Lady of Knock
In August of 1879, the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and St. John the Baptist appeared to the people of Knock, Ireland. Witnessed by 15 villagers, the silent apparition on a rainy summer evening lasted two hours. Over the years, the devotion to the appearance has endured, with Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis visiting what has become an internationally renowned shrine.
In 2019, the local Irish community has collaborated with The Miraculous Medal Shrine to create a regional shrine at the Shrine’s Philadelphia complex. The sacred space will house what has become one of the most venerated Marian images that serves as a universal message of devotion, hope and trust for all faithful.
SPANISH NOVENA SCHEDULE
The Spanish Mass and Novena are held the first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Rosary is recited a half hour before 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. services
Confessions are held during 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. services.
Medal is imposition held after each service followed by a social in the Lower Shrine.
Each month highlights different occasions.
Additional celebrations include: Celebration in Honor of the Three Kings (January), Mother’s Day and Honoring Mary (May), Celebration in Honor of the Miraculous Medal Feast Day (November), and Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December).
Contact Amanda Clarke, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215.848.1010, ext. 247.