The season of Lent is a time to reflect on the solemnity of the Lord’s sacrifice and prepare our hearts for the celebration of Easter. During the Lenten season, the Basilica hosts weekly reflections from featured speakers in the Crypt Church. Presenters, the topic of their reflections, and dates are listed below. All reflections will follow the Basilica’s regularly scheduled 5:15 p.m. Mass in the Crypt Church. Events are open to the public and no tickets or reservations are required.
Following the presentations, reflections will be made available for viewing on the National Shrine’s YouTube Channel. This post will be updated weekly with each new reflection.
Hope From Ashes
Mr. Paul Jarzembowski,
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Associate Director for the Laity; Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
Thursday, March 10
Encountering God Through Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving
Dr. Susan Timoney, STD
The Catholic University of America
Wednesday, March 16
Journey Through Lent with Mary
Sister Mary Gabriel, S.V.
Sisters of Life
Wednesday, March 30
Holy Week: Identify with Christ the Servant
Father Jamie Robledo, P.S.S., S.T.L.
Theological College, The National Seminary of the Catholic University of America
Thursday, April 7