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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. Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    June 16

    We invite you to join us in celebrating the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Saturday, June 15 Time: Location and…

  2. Heritage Talk: Music of the Eucharist

    June 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. Filipino Catholic Community Pilgrimage

    June 22

    On Saturday, June 22, 2024, the Filipino Catholic Community Pilgrimage will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine…

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

Artist Spotlight: John Louis Bancel LaFarge

June 11, 2024

This post is the first installment in “Artists of America’s Catholic Church,” a new series highlighting the lives and work…


Get Involved: Volunteer Opportunities at the Basilica

June 10, 2024

Interested in volunteering at the National Shrine, but not sure where to start? If you live in the area, we…


Quiz: Heroes of the Bible

June 4, 2024

Do you know who was the first martyr for Christ, or how old Noah was when he completed the ark?…


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.