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Hours of Operation

6:00am-6:00pm daily

Daily Masses

7:00am, 8:00am, 12:10pm, and 5:15pm

Saturday Masses

7:00am, 8:00am, 12:10pm, and 4:30pm (Sunday Vigil)

Sunday Masses

7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am,
12:00pm, 2:30pm (en español),
and 4:30pm

Upcoming Events

  1. Annual Mother of Miracles Pilgrimage

    May 25

    On Saturday, May 25, 2024, members of the Indian Catholic Community will gather in the Crypt Church of the Basilica…

  2. Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

    May 26

    We invite you to join us in celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Solemn Mass of the…

  3. Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

    June 2

    We invite you to join us in celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus…

Reverend Monsignor Walter R. Rossi

Rector’s Welcome

A word of welcome to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — America’s Catholic Church.

Most Recent Blog Posts

Saints of the Trinity Dome: Part VI

May 23, 2024

The Trinity Dome features a litany of saints who are associated with the United States and the National Shrine. From Mother Teresa…


2024 Memorial Mass: Serving Others Together

May 22, 2024

Observed in honor of those who died in military service for the United States, Memorial Day reminds us of the…


Who was Bathsheba?

May 22, 2024

Not only is Bathsheba the mother of King Solomon, but she is also one of four women mentioned in the…


docent leading guided tour showing domes in great upper church


Learn about the Shrine’s history, architecture, sacred art, and more, through our audio and guided tours. Reserve tours for large groups.

first mass in crypt church

The History of the National Shrine

Although its foundation stone was laid in 1920, this great shrine seems to have been conceived of as early as 1846, the year the Bishops of America declared the Blessed Virgin Mary the patroness of the United States under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

basilica visitor lights candle

Light a Candle

Lighting a candle for loved ones or personal intentions is a longstanding tradition in the Catholic Church. We invite you to join us in this tradition by lighting a candle at the Basilica.

basilica front exterior with red and white flowers
statue in great upper church
Allow Mary’s Shrine to pray for you

Enrollments & Devotionals

Mary’s Shrine is a living place of prayer and worship. The prayers we offer for you, your family, and your friends are one of the many ways that we fulfill our important mission as a national sanctuary of prayer and pilgrimage.

Each day we pray for people from across the United States and around the world and present their needs to the confidence and loving intercession of Our Lady.