Basilica Closed

until further notice due to the coronavirus
Holy Week & Easter Sunday Masses Livestreamed

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

Rector’s Welcome

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

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

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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.

Upcoming Events

  1. Good Friday

    Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday

    April 10 @ 2:30 pm

    We invite you to join us online at for the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 p.m.,…

  2. Easter vigil

    Solemn Easter Vigil Mass

    April 11 @ 8:00 pm

    We invite you to join us virtually on Holy Saturday for the Solemn Easter Vigil. The Mass will be livestreamed…

  3. Easter Sunday

    Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection

    April 12

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

  4. Easter Sunday

    Domingo de Pascua de la Resurrección del Señor

    April 12 @ 2:30 pm

    Misa del Día en Español a 2:30 p.m. ET tranmisión en vivo a y transmisión en EWTN Español. Su…

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.