Over 10,000 people are expected to come through the doors and pray for those they love during the solemn novena liturgies celebrated at the Miraculous Medal Shrine at 500 East Chelten Avenue in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. All are welcome.

Starting Nov. 18 the shrine to Mary, Mother of God will be celebrating its 85th annual celebration of the nine-day solemn novena. There will be six to nine services daily culminating Nov. 26. Following is the feast day of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and Mass celebrated by the Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m.

Vincentian Father Charles Kreig from St. Joseph Parish in Emmitsburg, Md., will preach the novena with the theme, “The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.”

Each day prayers will be offered for a different group:

Monday, Nov. 18 – Priests, seminarians and religious men and women;

Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Public servants including police officers, firefighters and EMTs;

Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Military veterans and active military personnel;

Thursday, Nov. 21 – Catholic school educators and CCD/PREP teachers;

Friday, Nov. 22 – Seniors, including the sacrament of the anointing of the sick at each liturgy;

Saturday, Nov. 23 – Medical professionals including doctors, nurses and technicians;

Sunday, Nov. 24 – Novena Family: All who attend Monday novenas at present and in the past;

Monday, Nov. 25 – Lawyers and business professionals;

Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Catholic societies: Knights of Columbus, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and many more.

Invitations have been sent to each of these groups locally and advertised and posted in local parish bulletins. Many of these groups are organizing vans and buses to bring their parishioners, youths and special groups.

Thousands of prayer intentions from all over the world will be sent to the shrine to be hung on the altar’s golden gates on intention cards. Intentions may still be sent to the shrine by visiting www.MiraculousMedal.org.

Each day the services will be streamed live on the Internet at 9 a.m. and the sermon will be posted at www.MiraculousMedal.org and on Facebook at Mary’s Miraculous Medal Family page.

The Miraculous Medal was shown to St. Catherine Laboure in her third visitation from the Blessed Mother. Billions of people worldwide wear this medal today and receive many miracles.

The full history of the Miraculous Medal and Miraculous Medal Shrine can be found online at the shrine’s website.

The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal is a Catholic non-profit organization that was established in 1915 by the priests founded by St. Vincent de Paul. The Miraculous Medal Shrine was built in 1927 to help spread devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and to support the mission work of the Vincentian priests and brothers on behalf of those most in need.

For more information on the solemn novena and nine days of liturgies or how to have your intention placed on Mary’s altar, contact the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal at 215-848-1010, or email:  fdellisanti@cammonline.org.

Secured gated parking is available.