Prayer service celebrating Dr. King scheduled for January 17 – Catholic Philly



The annual Archdiocesan celebration of the life and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Monday, January 17 at 6 p.m. at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, 500 East Chelten Avenue in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will meet with Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell of the Hebrew Congregation and Amir Oasim Rashad of United Muslim Masjid for a prayer service to which all are invited.

The service will also air live beginning at 6 p.m. on

The celebration is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Secretariat for Evangelization, Office of Black Catholics, and local parishes serving the Black Catholic community.

In addition, a concert in honor of Dr. King will be given by three Catholic choirs on Sunday, January 16 from 3 to 4 p.m. at St. Raymond’s Church, 1350 E. Vernon Road in Philadelphia.

Choirs from St. Athanasius Parish, St. Raymond Parish, and St. Vincent de Paul Parish, all in Philadelphia, will perform with Joliet Harris – choir soloist and assistant choir director at the church Baptist Enon Tabernacle – singing the music of Mahalia Jackson.

There will be time for reflection, prayer and to be restored to hope.

Participation is free and all are welcome. All are requested to wear a mask given the current state of the pandemic.

Persons unable to attend in person may live the concert via You Tube, and it will also be streamed live on

Call 215-549-3760 for more information.

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