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 Knock
In fall 2021, The Miraculous Medal Shrine broke ground for its latest initiative, St. Vincent’s Rosary Walk. This initiative commemorates the greatest form of Marian prayer, the Rosary. The centerpiece of the Walk is Our Lady of Knock Shrine, which will proudly honor the Irish community’s vital contributions to Germantown and the many neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Help support its development of that celebrates the Irish devotion to Mary.
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 and bring them to her. It was an interesting request. The month was December, so the hill would normally be bare. But Juan found it covered with roses–Castilian roses, which are not native to Mexico. He gathered them in his tilma (his cloak) and brought them to Mary. She rearranged them and told him to bring them to the bishop as proof that she was requesting a church be built on that spot. He kept the roses within his cloak just as Mary had positioned them and, to his amazement, when he opened his tilma and the roses dropped to the floor, a life-size image of the Blessed Mother was on his cloak. That image is still intact, 490 years later.
You can see an original oil painting of this image, painted by Jose Gerardo Rico and commissioned by the Hispanic and Latino community, when you come to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe located at The Miraculous Medal Shrine. This shrine also includes a wall of roses, which bear the names of loved ones engraved on 5”, 4”, and 3” plaques. Plaques can be purchased through our Gift Shop.
Be sure to join us the first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. for a Spanish-language Novena and Mass (see the schedule below).
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.
Our Lady of La Leche
When Spanish missionaries came to Florida, they built a chapel to Our Lady of the Milk and Good Delivery—the first shrine consecrated to Mary in what would become the United States.
Through the remarkable generosity of Gail (inset) and Dale Whittenberger, this devotion has found a home at the Shrine. The shrine contains an exquisite portrayal of Our Lady of La Leche, painted by Mary Roth, Gail and Dale’s loving daughter-in-law. Their dedication to Our Lady of the Milk celebrates the gift of their own children and grandchildren.
Come to The Miraculous Medal Shrine and experience our newly installed shrine, created in thanksgiving for answered prayers for family, fertility, and life.
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 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.
SPANISH-LANGUAGE NOVENA AND MASS SCHEDULE
The Spanish-language Mass and Miraculous Medal Novena is held on the first Tuesday of every month. “Beginning at 10:00 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m., we pray the Rosary, followed by our Spanish-language Mass and Miraculous Medal Novena. Confessions are available during the Mass, and afterwards, you are welcome to join us in the Lower Shrine for fellowship, the blessings of religious objects, and the investiture of the Miraculous Medal.
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 Gina Ingiosi to learn more, join the ministry, or receive regular updates on our Hispanic and Latino Ministry.