TLM at National Shrine in Washington for March for Life on 21 & 22 January

I got this by e-mail:

I hope you can get to this email in time.

I just spoke with the Liturgy office at the Basilica here in Washington, D.C. The person I spoke to on the phone, Sr. Teresa Mary, informed me that there will be two celebrations of the TLM during the March for Life activities.

Monday, 21 Jan, @ 2:00 PM – Lourdes Chapel (Lower Level)
Tuesday, 22 Jan, @ 9:30 AM – Lourdes Chapel

I think it would be great if attendance exceeded the small capacity of the chapel on the first day so they will need to provide a bigger space the next.


That is a very good idea.

If you are in the Washington D.C. area, you might consider participating at these Masses.

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  1. danphunter1 says:

    I just called Sister Teresa Mary at the Shrine.
    She said that there will be a Tridentine Mass on Monday the 21ST AT 2:00 PM and a Tridentine Mass on Tuesday the 22nd at 9:30 am both in the Lady of Lourdes chapel, downstairs.
    God bless you

  2. Ken says:

    There will be a Missa Cantata at Saint Mary, Mother of God church at 5th and H streets, NW in Washington, DC at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Rev. Fr. Daniel D’Alliessi of the Archdiocese of New York, in-residence at Saint Mary’s, will be the celebrant, and Gregorian chant will be sung by our schola for Septuagesima Sunday.

  3. Brian Jilka says:

    I will definitely try to make one of those Masses!

  4. JML says:

    Wow! Two TLM’s in the same week! — Sunday @ Old St. John’s and Monday @ the Shrine. My thanks to the folks at the Shrine for making this possible.

  5. Brian Crane says:

    The Lourdes chapel can seat, at most, by my estimate, 30 people. There will be THOUSANDS of youth and adults alike at the Shrine for those two days. Wouldn’t it be amazing if they had to move the TLM Mass on the 22nd into the Crypt Church because there was a crowd spilling out into the hallway around the Lourdes chapel.

  6. EJ says:

    Brian – my thoughts exactly, which is why we should spread the word. I for one will be there.

  7. giovanni says:

    Count me in, will also spread the word. I’ve been in the Lourdes chapel for Eucharistic Adoration when the adorers overflowed into the hall, let’s do it! Thanks for info @ St Mary’s, will try to make that as well.

  8. danphunter1 says:

    I as well shall assist at Holy Mass in the crypt, on Tuesday 9:30 am
    God bless you.

  9. danphunter1 says:

    Does anyone know what good priest is offering the Mass and will there be a scola?
    God bless you.

  10. Peregrine Broadbent says:

    I don’t want to sound cynical – but I think the only reason the authorities at
    the Shrine decided that the Lourdes chapel would be the regular venue for Vetus
    Ordo Masses is its hidden location, where passers-by are unlikely to discover
    a celebration of Mass in the old rite “by accident.” I know the Shrine very
    well, & I can’t think of a more out-of-the-way place in the whole building, at
    least the parts open to the public. The current rector of the Shrine was part
    of the crew who forbade Mass in the old rite right up until the motu proprio
    was issued. I hope the crowd at the Masses Monday & Tuesday is such that people
    are spilling out into the hall & down the steps into the area in front of the
    crypt. And I hope the altar boys at the Mass ring the bells REALLY LOUD to
    draw attention to what is going on.

    I have resisted saying any of this here heretofore but on Oscar Wilde’s
    principle that the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it,
    there it is.

  11. Brian Crane says:


    The Lourdes chapel is a beautiful and dignified place for the TLM. There probably has not been a huge demand thus far at the Shrine. Many of the people going there are parish groups, diocesan pilgrimages, etc.

    That is why this is a good opportunity to set the cynicism aside and hope that there will be a very large crowd of young folks crowding out that chapel, to send a signal that people are interested in this.

    With the amount of people that will be there on Monday and Tuesday there is no place in teh Shrine that will be that far out of the way. The place is packed for the March. Word will get around and people will hear about it. Do you part if you can be there one of those days.

  12. Peregrine Broadbent says:


    One of the pitfalls of getting old is the danger of thinking the worst. You
    have given me a salutary reminder to guard against it. Yes, the Lourdes chapel
    is just as you describe it – in fact my favorite place in the Shrine to pray
    (and, as it happens, the oldest part of the Shrine, & the original confession
    chapel). I am sure that many young people will stumble across the 9:30 Mass,
    just as you surmise. Please forgive my naysaying post.


  13. Last fall, there was a priest who was offering a private TLM every Wednesday at 12:10 am. Does anyone know if this is being continued?
    If so, one could attend the TLM in DC from Sunday to Wednesday – and all under the patronage of our Lady!
    Any priests out there who might be able to extend it to Saturday?

  14. I have noticed that the Traditional Latin Masses are not listed on the official schedule of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception as seen here:{A034B1BB-01F6-45EA-B639-2B60FE9B5C0A}&content_id={47BE926C-CE63-4EF7-B7F2-B9E3538C0FB2}&notoc=1&noback=1

    Mary Alexander

  15. Cole M says:

    I will definitely have to make my way up there. I can only hope that by the time I graduate from CUA’s law school in 2010, they will celebrate the extraordinary rite upstairs.

  16. I understand that the location of the Mass was changed sometime and it was relocated to the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal. My children who are there with a bus from their school found a Traditional Mass, went in to find they were late. Apparently it was a “private Mass” and was supposed to be only for the people from Buffalo, NY. (I don’t remember which Chapel they were in).

    It’s all so confusing.

  17. Walter says:

    My fiancee and I attended the 2 o’clock mass. It was standing room only with I would say about 50 or so people present–well more than could be accomodated by the pews. The priest gave a good, brief homily on St. Agnes.

  18. danphunter1 says:

    I arrived at Our Lady of Lourdes chapel at 8:40 on Tuesday the 22nd.
    There was a Tridentine Mass in progress, which I assumed began at 8 am.
    After that particular Mass I was able to lead the rosary with everyone participating.
    The 9:30 Mass was offered by a young [27-32 year old] priest who said during the sermon that he is from the Diocese of Rockford Illinois. Does anyone know of a priest in Rockford that fits this description? tall with short kinky blond hair.
    The chapel was full.
    I later went to confession in one of the ugliest chapels I have ever seen.
    It had a large statue of Pope John Paul II and some polish inscription over the “sanctuary”
    The priest, who I confessed to was an Oblate, who seemed very liberal. I confessed what I know to be a mortal sin and he asked me “why I felt I had to confess that sin since it is not serious.”
    He finally agreed to absolve me because, “my concience bothered me about it”, not that it was an objective sin of grave matter, which it was.
    I must say, other than the beautiful Tridentine Mass in the Lourdes chapel I was appaled by the ugliness of every single other chapel in the Basilica.
    What is with such ugliness?
    Our Lady of Mercy Pray for us!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I remember in the past that young people used to sleep in the lower church in sleeping bags. Is this still the case? Did this allow for a tranquill offering of the Mass?

    To danphunter1: I hear you about that confession chapel -Our Lady of Hostyn, right?
    Those bright lights are a bit much for me when I am about to confess myself. Maybe I’m wrong but as a penitent I appreciate a darker and more “discreet” atmosphere. They have a paper available helpful for making an examination of conscience, but as far as I can remember, there are no traditional images to help me focus on how my sins offend our Lord.
    And I must have gone to the same priest as you since I was once told, “God already forgave you before you came into confession. This is just to reconcile you with the Church.” I responded by saying that I thought my sorrow was more attrition than contrition. Fortunately, he gave me absolution after that.

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