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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. Sanctification Dome

    Pentecost Sunday

    May 19

    We invite you to join us in celebrating Pentecost Sunday. Saturday, May 18 Time: Location and additional information: 4:30 p.m.…

  2. Mary and the eucharist

    Heritage Talk: Mary and the Eucharist

    May 20 @ 5:15 pm

    Easter Sunday 2024 marked the centennial anniversary of the celebration of the first Public Mass held inside the National Shrine.…

  3. 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…

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

The Holy Spirit in the Art of the Basilica

May 17, 2024

As we celebrate Pentecost, it is a special reminder to the faithful to honor the role of the Holy Spirit…


Symbols of the Sea at the Basilica

May 15, 2024

On May 22, the Church celebrates the National Day of Prayer for Mariners and People of the Sea, honoring all…


Siblings in Scripture: Part I

May 14, 2024

The Bible is full of stories of siblings, from Cain and Abel to James and John. While sibling relationships are…


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.