By the end of the weekend, thousands of people were expected at the divine mercy prayer in the Angelus Center for the Divine in Philadelphia.
It is an annual ritual for some 1,500 worshippers who believe in the healing powers of the holy water and who pray every night at midnight.
It started in 2003 with a mass prayer at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Washington, D.C. In 2010, it moved to the Angelica in Philadelphia, where it has been a weekly gathering for more than a century.
The Angelica was also the site of a 2012 fire that killed four people.
On Saturday, people from all over the world will arrive in Philadelphia to attend the Angelia service, which was first offered in 1900 at the city’s oldest Catholic church.
The prayer will conclude the evening with a blessing of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The first prayer at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Philadelphia in March.
For decades, the Angelical Assembly has held its prayer at Angelus.
The Holy Trinity is one of the most historic churches in the world.
It has been in operation since 1603, and it is the largest Protestant church in the United States, with more than 50,000 worshippers.
A photo taken on Friday shows a crowd at the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia.(The Associated Press)It is the most important cathedral in the eastern United States.
The Divine Assembly was established in 1876.
It has been open for nearly 200 years.
During its history, the Assembly has prayed at the site, and its website states that the “greatest benefit of worship at the holy place will be to promote the worship of God, of which the most holy Trinity is the source, the author, and the author’s representative.”
But many people who come to the prayer say it does not heal or heal them.
On Friday, many attendees reported feeling nauseous and having difficulty breathing.
They said they had trouble standing and that the prayer was hard to hear and to feel.
“I feel dizzy and lightheaded, and I can’t sit down,” said a man who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation.
“It’s hard to concentrate on the prayer,” said another man who said he was in his early 30s.
People who come say they feel tired and irritable.
“The prayers are hard to listen to,” said one man who arrived at the prayer Friday morning.
“It’s difficult to feel good.”
For many, the prayers are a way of saying thank you for the life they lead.
The prayers have helped some people heal, others are afraid to pray and others have turned to alcohol or drugs to numb the pain.
“These are really painful things,” said Maria Knecht, whose husband, Richard, died in a car accident in 2013.
Knecht said she was at the Assembly for the first time on Friday because she was nervous about how she would be treated.
“We were just in a state of shock,” she said.
“I just couldn’t sleep at night.”
She said she prayed with her husband’s body in his coffin, but she didn’t know he would need prayer at that time.
Richard Knekt said he believed the prayers would heal his wife, and that they had made the difference.
“There’s no way you can know what God is going to do, so I feel like we can trust God to help us,” he said.
Richard died in an accident while driving his car. He was 53.