Saturday Chrism Mass Goers Advised to Check Ahead of Time for Road Closures Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to shut down some streets in Northeast Washington around time of 10:00 a.m. Mass at National Shrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Road closures in Northeast Washington this Saturday, March 12, may require a little planning ahead for those who wish to attend the annual chrism Mass of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Mass, to be celebrated in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue NE, starts at 10:00 a.m. (ET). That’s about two and a half hours into the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, which will draw more than 24,000 runners through the streets of the nation’s capital. The race course covers a stretch of North Capitol Street, a main route between the Basilica and downtown D.C., Virginia, and parts of Maryland.

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During the chrism Mass, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., will bless oils for sacramental use throughout the coming year, and priests in service to the Archdiocese will renew their ministerial commitment to Catholics based around the world in the U.S. Military, and Catholic veterans receiving care at VA Medical Centers nationwide.

The chrism Mass is open to the public.