Archbishop Broglio to celebrate Memorial Mass on Sunday, May 16, at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 4:30 p.m. liturgy to honor U.S. Military members, living and deceased

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio celebrates the annual Memorial Mass on May 19, 2019, in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, DC – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will celebrate the 27th annual Memorial Mass at 4:30 p.m. (EDST) on Sunday, May 16, 2021, in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, in Washington, DC.

The Memorial Mass is celebrated each year to honor the men and women who are serving or have served in the United States Military, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Joining Archbishop Broglio at the altar will be Catholic U.S. Military chaplains and priests who serve the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Archbishop Broglio will be the principal celebrant and homilist. The 4:30 p.m. Mass will follow a musical prelude at 4:15 p.m.

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The Memorial Mass is open to the public, but certain restrictions apply under guidance for COVID-19 as issued by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Office and Health Department. Entry into the Basilica will be limited to 900 persons for Mass. Visitors must arrive no later than 30 minutes before Mass to ensure ample time for entry into the Basilica, as well as, escort and seating in the Great Upper Church.

Additionally, Basilica visitors are required to meet the following guidelines:

  • All visitors must present their EventBrite ticket (either paper or on-line version) for admission into the Shrine.
  • A face covering MUST be worn at all times, except as directed for the reception of Holy Communion.
  • Entry into the Basilica will be through the front lower level East Entrance (Gift Shop side facing Michigan Avenue).
  • Before entering the Basilica, all visitors must sanitize their hands with hand sanitizer provided to them.
  • Upon entry, visitors must provide their name and phone number for 30-day retention as requested by the District of Columbia Health Department to assist with contact tracing should the Basilica be made aware of a case of COVID-19.
  • Once inside the Basilica, visitors must maintain a social distance of six feet from others, visit designated areas only, abide by all signage, and follow the direction of Basilica personnel for the health, safety, and welfare of all.
  • At the end of Mass, visitors will exit the Basilica as directed.

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