Magnificat Day, a unique gathering for liturgical prayer, music, inspirational talks and reflection is set for Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Thousands of faithful from around the country will hear presentations from Father Robert Barren, acclaimed author of the “Catholicism” video series, and Dominican Father Peter John Cameron, editor-in-chief of Magnificat, a Catholic magazine.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament in the Adoration Chapel, receive the sacrament of penance and venerate the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux and of her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin.


While registration is closed for the day-long event, which is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Magnificat Foundation, another opportunity for worship is being offered to local Catholics who cannot attend the program at the convention center.

Magnificat Day will conclude with a eucharistic procession through the streets of Philadelphia from the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 1101 Arch Street to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Anyone not able to attend Magnificat Day may still join the procession beginning at 5 p.m. by bringing a candle and meeting at the intersection of 17th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The procession will conclude with benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in front of the Cathedral on 18th Street.

In addition, Masses will be celebrated at center city Philadelphia Catholic churches prior to the start of Magnificat Day to enable people to join the participants in prayer. The Mass schedule is as follows:


7:15 a.m. — Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Phone: 215-561-1313. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput will be the celebrant and homilist.

7 a.m. — Convent of Divine Love, 2212 Green Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Phone: 215-567-0123.

8 a.m. – St. Francis Xavier Church, 24th and Green Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Phone: 215-765-4568.

7:45 a.m. – St. John the Evangelist Church (Lower Church), 21 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Phone: 215-563-4145.

8 a.m. – St. Patrick Church, 20th and Locust Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Phone: 215-735-9900.

7:30 a.m. – St. Peter the Apostle Church, Shrine of St. John Neumann, 5th Street and Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Phone: 215-627-2386.