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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. Pueri Cantores Mid-Atlantic Festival

    April 20

    Pueri Cantores, the national student choral organization of the Catholic Church, invites all parish and school treble and mixed voice…

  2. Heritage Talk: Eucharist and Bishop Shahan

    April 20 @ 12:10 pm

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

  3. Fourth Sunday of Easter

    April 21

    We invite you to join us for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Saturday, April 20 Time: Location and additional information:…

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

Today in History: The National Shrine’s First Public Mass

April 16, 2024

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the first public Mass held at the National Shrine on April 20, 1924,…


Who is the patron saint of Poland?

April 10, 2024

On April 11 of this year, the Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Stanislaus of Szczepanów. A man of God…


Download the Spring-Summer 2024 Edition of the Mary’s Shrine Newsletter

April 9, 2024

Interested in the latest news and information about the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception? Download 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.

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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.