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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. Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

    December 8

    We invite you to join us in celebrating the Patronal feast day of the Basilica and of the United States…

  2. Archdiocese of Washington Walk with Mary Pilgrimage in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    December 9

    On Saturday, December 9, 2023, the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Washington will hold their annual Walk with Mary procession…

  3. Second Sunday of Advent

    December 10

    We invite you to join us in celebrating the Second Sunday of Advent.

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

Basilica to Bless and Seal National Holy Year Door on the First Sunday of Advent

December 1, 2023

Basilica to Bless and Seal National Holy Year Door on the First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, December 3, 2023…


5 Things You Should Know About St. Andrew the Apostle

November 29, 2023

On November 30, we observe the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, who was one of Jesus’ disciples during his…


Who was Catherine Labouré?

November 27, 2023

Do you know why Catherine Labouré is a saint? Catherine Labouré is known for receiving the devotion of the Miraculous…


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.

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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.