Liturgy

Encounter Christ through Word, Sacrament, Devotion, and His Mother

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the nation’s preeminent Marian Shrine, dedicated to the patroness of the United States—the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

“At shrines, the means of salvation are to be supplied more abundantly to the faithful by diligent proclamation of the Word of God, the suitable promotion of liturgical life especially through the celebration of the Eucharist and Penance, and the cultivation of popular forms of piety.” (Canon 1234 §1 CIC)

Fulfilling this mission, Mary’s Shrine offers six Masses and five hours of Confession daily as well as Adoration and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the daily Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary, weekly and seasonal Novenas, the Stations of the Cross, and more.

As a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation, this National Shrine offers the occasion for one’s deepening conversion, a step forward in the journey to God, with Mary as a model for that journey.  It is here at Mary’s Shrine that pilgrims and visitors may encounter Christ through the Word, the Sacraments, popular Devotions, and His Blessed Mother.

Mass Times

Sunday Masses

Vigil:
5:15 p.m. (Saturday)

Morning:
7:30, 9:00, 10:30

Afternoon:
12:00 (Solemn Liturgy), 1:30 (en español), 4:30

Daily Masses

Morning:
7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30

Afternoon:
12:10 and 5:15

Holy Days of Obligation Masses

Vigil Mass:
5:15 p.m.

Morning:
7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 10:00

Afternoon:
12:00 and 5:15

Note: Special Mass Schedules for Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving

Confessions

Sunday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (en español)
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday to Saturday

7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Note: No Confessions on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

Devotions

Eucharistic Adoration
  • Monday-Thursday
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon (Exposition following the 8:30 a.m. Mass, Benediction at 12 noon)
  • Friday
  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m (Exposition following the 12:10 p.m. Mass, Benediction at 5:00 p.m.)
  • First Saturday
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Exposition following the 12:10 p.m. Mass, Benediction at 4:30 p.m.)
Recitation of the Rosary
  • Monday-Friday
  • 11:45 a.m.
  • Crypt Church
  • Saturday
  • 11:45 a.m.
    4:45 p.m.
  • Crypt Church
    Great Upper Church
  • Sunday
  • 1:30 p.m. (en español)
  • Crypt Church
Novenas
  • Miraculous Medal
  • Every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. Crypt Church
  • Pentecost
  • 9 days prior to the Solemnity of Pentecost
  • Assumption
  • August 6 – 14
  • Immaculate Conception
  • November 29 – December 7
Stations of the Cross
  • Saturdays during Lent
  • Following the 12:10 p.m. Mass in the Crypt Church
  • Good Friday
  • 12:00 p.m. in the Crypt Church

Visiting Clergy

Visiting priests are welcome to concelebrate Sunday Mass or Daily Mass at the Basilica.  Priests may also celebrate Mass individually or with a group by advance reservation, pending availability.