The Basilica is Open

365 Days a Year
7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Daily Masses

7:00 am, 7:30 am
8:00 am, 8:30 am
12:10 pm, 5:15 pm

Sunday Masses

Vigil: 5:15 pm (Saturday)
7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am
12:00 pm (Solemn Liturgy)
1:30 pm (en español), 4:30 pm

Our Address

400 Michigan Ave. NE Washington, DC 20017

Welcome to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Reverend Monsignor Walter R. Rossi
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR

Rector’s Welcome

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

docent leading guided tour showing domes in great upper church
VISIT US

Tours

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
AMERICA’S CATHOLIC 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
ENROLLMENTS & DEVOTIONALS

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.

Upcoming Events

  1. Holy Saturday Blessing of the Fire

    Holy Saturday

    April 20

    Extended Confessions: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Solemn Easter Vigil Mass: 8:00 pm, Great Upper Church The Most Rev. Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio…

  2. Music Director Peter Latona conducts Basilica choir

    Solemn Easter Vigil Mass

    April 20 @ 8:00 pm

    Join us for Solemn Easter Vigil Mass in observance of Holy Saturday. Repertoire to be announced.

  3. Great Upper Church altar decorated for Easter

    Easter Sunday

    April 21

    We invite you to join us in celebrating the Solemnity of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…

  4. Music Director Peter Latona conducts Basilica choir

    Easter Sunday: Sacred Music

    April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Join us at the Basilica to celebrate Easter Sunday. Repertoire to be announced.

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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.