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Hours of Operation

6:00am-6:00pm daily

Daily Masses

(Monday-Saturday)
7:00am, 8:00am, 12:10pm, and 5:15pm
4:30pm Vigil Mass (Saturday)

Sunday Masses

7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am,
12:00pm, 2:30pm (en español),
and 4:30pm

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. Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday

    February 22

    Join the Basilica for Mass and the Imposition of Ashes as we enter into the Season of Lent. Mass will…

  2. National Symphony Orchestra Community Concert at the Basilica

    National Symphony Orchestra: Community Concert at the Basilica

    March 10 @ 7:00 pm

    National Symphony Orchestra: Community Concert at the Basilica Location: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Address: 400…

  3. 24 Hours for the Lord: 40 Hours Devotion

    March 16 - March 18

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

  4. Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

    March 25

    Join the Basilica as we celebrate the Solemnity of The Annunciation of the Lord. The celebration of Mass will take…

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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.