The statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal dominates the Germantown, Philadelphia, shrine to Mary.

More than 10,000 people are expected to come through the doors to pray for those they love and care for during the Solemn Novena liturgies Nov. 17 to 25 at the Miraculous Medal Shrine at 500 East Chelten Avenue in Philadelphia’s Germantown section.

Starting on Monday, November 17, 2014, the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Germantown will celebrate our 86th Annual Nine-Day Solemn Novena. There will be six to nine services daily, culminating on

The 86th annual nine-day novena ends Tuesday, Nov. 25. Vincentian Father Michael Whalen, a Philadelphia native and associate professor of theology at St. John’s University in New York City, will be the homilist for all nine days of daily liturgies, speaking about the theme, “The Hail Mary: Prayer of Angels, Saints and Sinners.”


On Wednesday, Nov. 26, the feast day Mass in honor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal will be celebrated by Bishop Raymond Chappetto, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, at the 10 a.m. Mass.

Prayer intentions for the Solemn Novena to be placed at the altar for the nine days may be offered at the website

Live video of the liturgies will be streamed online at the website each day at 9 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. All the days’ homilies will be posted on the website and on Facebook at Mary’s Miraculous Medal Family page each day.

Visitors are invited to meet Diana von Glahn, producer and host of EWTN’s “The Faithful Traveler,” who will be selling and signing her DVDs in the lower level of the shrine before, during and after all novena Masses.

Each day of the Solemn Novena, prayers will be offered for a different group in the community and their special intentions. See the full novena schedule here. See the daily themes and intentions for each group below:

Monday, Nov. 17: Hail Mary; Priests, Seminarians, and Religious Men and Women

Tuesday, Nov. 18: Full of Grace; Public Servants: Police, Firefighters, and EMTs

Wednesday, Nov. 19: The Lord is with you; U.S. Veterans and Military Personnel

Thursday, Nov. 20: Blessed are you among women; Catholic Educators

Friday, Nov. 21: And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus; Seniors (each liturgy will include the sacrament of the anointing of the sick)

Saturday, Nov. 22: Holy Mary; Catholic Medical Professionals: Doctors, Nurses, and Technicians

Sunday, Nov. 23: Mother of God; Vincentian and Novena Families: All Who Attend Vincentian Parishes and the Monday Novenas (past and present devotees)

Monday, Nov. 24: Pray for us sinners, now; Catholic Societies/Organizations: Knights of Columbus, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Legion of Mary, and many more

Tuesday, Nov. 25: And at the hour of our death, AMEN; Catholic Lawyers and Business Professionals

The Miraculous Medal was shown to St. Catherine Labouré by the Blessed Mother during her third visitation. 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 Central Association of the Miraculous Medal is a Catholic non-profit organization that was established in 1915 by the Congregation of the Mission, an order of priests founded by St. Vincent de Paul, popularly known as the Vincentians.

The Miraculous Medal Shrine was built in 1927 to help spread the 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.