Basilica Blog

2 Marian Devotions at the Basilica: The Immaculate Heart of Mary & The Miraculous Medal

Two corresponding Marian devotions – the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Miraculous Medal – are represented in chapels at…

Why do nearly one million people visit the Basilica each year?

The Basilica hosts nearly one million people from across the globe each year. Basilica Docent Tom Wong shares his insight into…

The Five Domes of the Basilica and the Story They Tell

The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity is approaching – a special day dedicated to reflecting upon the sacred beauty…

The Trinity Dome and the Feast of the Blessed Trinity

With the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity approaching, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on this Holy…

Celebrating Mary as Mother of the Church

June 10 marks this year’s celebration of the memorial of Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. In 1964, at…

3 Marian Prayers: Our Lady of China, Our Mother of Africa, Our Lady of Vailankanni

The many chapels and oratories dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the…

Mary and Elizabeth’s Joy: The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Celebrated on May 31, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the Virgin Mary’s visit to…

An Inside Look at the Basilica with Docent Tom Wong

A docent – a volunteer guiding a group or individual as they experience the sights, sounds, and heart of the…

An Exclusive Interview with the National Symphony Orchestra

For the first time in almost twenty years, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert in the Great…

The Memorial Mass: A Recognition of Love and Service

Commemorated to honor the men and women who died in military service for the United States, Memorial Day…

A Week in Rome with the Choir of the Basilica

The Choir of the Basilica performed this month in Rome, traveling to the Eternal City to honor the 35th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between…

3 Marian Prayers of Protection & Hope

Dedicated to and named after the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is…

99th Anniversary of the Blessing of the Land

May 16, 2019 is the 99th anniversary of the blessing of the site of the future Basilica of the National…

Prayer, Peace, and Penance: The Message of Our Lady of Fatima

On May 13, we celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima. According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared…

The Church’s Great Mothers: 4 Saints Who Were Devoted Mothers

Behind every generation of devoted servants for Christ there is a generation of devoted mothers. Faithful mothers teach their children…

A Mother’s Day Tribute: Mary, Mother of God, as Depicted in the Basilica

As we celebrate mothers this month, it is fitting to reflect on the most important mother in history, Mary. Throughout…

In Celebration of Mothers: A Look at Faithful Mothers of the Bible

During the month of May, we honor and celebrate our mothers. As the guardians of future generations, they are instrumental…

Watch: Together with Notre-Dame de Paris: A Benefit Concert at the Basilica

On April 26, 2019, over 2,000 people attended “Together with Notre-Dame de Paris: A Benefit Concert at the Basilica.” Organized…

Glorifying God in Our Labor: Celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph is present in many places throughout the Basilica. In the East Apse of the Great Upper Church, he…

Lessons from the Life of Saint Catherine of Siena: Laywoman and Activist

On April 29, we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Catherine of Siena. Though Saint Catherine of Siena came from…

Press Conference with Notre Dame Organist Johann Vexo

Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. in the Basilica’s Great Upper Church in advance of Notre Dame Benefit Concert at…

The Significance of Divine Mercy Sunday

As the faithful prepare to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, it is important to review the meaning and historical significance of…

Reflecting on the Seven Last Words of Christ

As we reflect on Christ’s sacrifice this Good Friday, the Seven Last Words give us powerful insight into His thoughts…

Bells of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Will Toll at 6:43 PM

In solidarity with our friends at Notre Dame in Paris, and seeking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for…

The Choral Music of Holy Week

From the somber silence experienced at the beginning of the Good Friday Liturgy, to the thunderous organ fanfare and ringing…

The Basilica Facilitates Donations in Solidarity with the Cathedral of Notre Dame

“The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in solidarity with the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris,…

Statement by Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, Rector of the Basilica, Regarding the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

“Today we share our grief and prayers with those who worship at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the…

Good Friday at the Basilica: Exposition of the Relics of the Christ’s Passion

The relics of the passion, death, and burial of Our Lord Jesus Christ are the first relics of the Church…

A Moment in Basilica History: First Mass Celebrated in the Crypt Church 95 Years Ago

Every year, millions of people from all over the world visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate…

A Virtual Welcome from the Rector of the Basilica

It gives me great pleasure as Rector to welcome you “virtually” to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception…

Palm Sunday, Holy Week & Easter at the Basilica

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic Church in the United States and one…

Basilica to Observe “24 Hours for the Lord”

In observance of “24 Hours for the Lord,” the Lenten initiative launched by Pope Francis, the Basilica of the National…

Lenten Reflections at the National Shrine

The season of Lent is a time to reflect on the solemnity of the Lord’s sacrifice and prepare our hearts…

The Trinity Dome Dedication

On December 8, 2017, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the patronal feast day of the National Shrine and…

Dedication of Rosary Walk and Garden

On September 23, 2017, a day of pilgrimage for more than 2,000 of the faithful during the centennial year commemorating…

Pope Francis’s Visit to the National Shrine

A Picture Perfect Day Pope Francis arrived at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on September…

Jubilee Celebration

On November 20, 2009, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its…

Pope Benedict XVI Visits the Basilica

People of all ages, states, and walks of life from across America flocked to the nation’s patronal church awaiting the…

Pope John Paul II Visits the Basilica

Excerpt from the book: America’s Church: The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Early on the morning…