Hours of Operation

7:30am-5:00pm daily

Daily Masses

(Monday-Saturday)
8:00am and 12:10pm
4:30pm Vigil Mass (Saturday)
Great Upper Church

Sunday Masses

9:00am, 12:00pm,
2:30pm (en español),
and 4:30pm
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

  1. lent 2021

    Third Sunday of Lent and Vespers

    March 7

    As we draw near to the great Paschal Feast and the entire Easter Season, we invite you to join us…

  2. 24 hours for the Lord

    24 Hours for the Lord: 40 Hours Devotion Opening Mass and Closing Mass

    March 11 @ 5:15 pm

    In observance of Pope Francis’ annual Lenten initiative “24 Hours for the Lord,” the Basilica of the National Shrine of…

  3. lent 2021

    Fourth Sunday of Lent and Vespers (Laetare Sunday)

    March 14

    As we draw near to the great Paschal Feast and the entire Easter Season, we invite you to join us…

  4. lent 2021

    Fifth Sunday of Lent and Vespers

    March 21

    As we draw near to the great Paschal Feast and the entire Easter Season, we invite you to join us…

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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.