Hours of Operation

7:30am-5:00pm daily

*Closed on Jan 20 other than for those attending the
8am and 12:10pm Mass*

Daily Masses

(Monday-Saturday)
8:00am and 12:10pm
Crypt Church

Sunday Masses

9:00am in the Crypt Church, 12:00pm,
2:30pm (en español),
and 4:30pm in the Great Upper Church

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Upcoming Events

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    Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    January 24

    Registration is required to attend Mass in person due to restrictions placed upon Houses of Worship by the District of Columbia which…

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    2021 National Prayer Vigil for Life

    January 28 - January 29

    The 2021 National Prayer Vigil for Life will take place Thursday, January 28, through Friday, January 29. Please note that,…

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    Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    January 31

    Registration is required to attend Mass in person due to restrictions placed upon Houses of Worship by the District of Columbia which…

  4. ordinary time

    Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    February 7

    Join us on Sunday, February 7th as we celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The celebration of Mass will…

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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.