Visiting The Shrine

Around these parts, when a Catholic like yours truly talks about going to the Shrine, what they mean is “I’m going to visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.”

I was down there all last night because they were taping the masses for shut-ins, and my church choir was the choir for those two dates (3rd and 5th Sunday of this upcoming Lent). They have the masses in the Crypt Church, which is one of my favorite places on the planet. If the upstairs is all Majesty, the downstairs Crypt Church is all Mystery.

I took some pictures with my cell phone of some of my favorite things. A friend was taking some others, and I’m hoping she emails me copies to add.

Oh, and there will be another post coming up right after this with a set that goes together.

Pictures after the break ^_^!

The Shrine at Night, as I walked in. That's a bell tower on the left, btw.


Outside the Gift Shop, St. Michael with a Very Fine Hat


Archangel Uriel has Jesus' six. Odd, considering Uriel is a "non-Canonical", and therefore, it's really official since around 600AD. Whatevs, he's still totally bad@ss

"Holy Family at Rest". This is as you're entering the Crypt area. I love this sculpture, showing the Holy Family resting on the flight to Egypt, everyone completely tuckered out, including the donkey. So beautifully human . . .

Our Lady Mother of Mandkind, in Memorial Hall leading to the Crypt Church

Blessed Mother Theresa, who visited the Shrine on a couple occasions.


Bl Kateri Tekawitha


In the Crypt Church. My patron this year, St. Margaret of Antioch.

One of the first saints I ever got to know, St. Catherine of Alexandria


St. Brigid, a proper Irish abbess, who blesses dried wells and they bring forth beer. . .

Crypt Church Altar from choir's POV. Congregation to the left.


Detail above Crypt Church Altar


The Crypt Church Organ. Real pipes, ya'll. Love it.


St. Anne, Mum of Our Lady. I love this image of Mary being held as she is often shown holding her Son. Clearly, she was studious even at a young age.


The area north of the Altar, they'd just turned the main lights on. This is how these little chapels are arrounged around the altar, on groupings of five to north, east and west.


One of the great things about the Crypt is that every time I go, I notice something I'd never noticed before. Like these angels on the arches.


Stations of the Cross around the church


Above the Holy Water Dispencer, by Our Lady of Mariazell. Due to proximity, I'm assuming these are Austrian


Our Lady of Mariazell. Known to my family as "Spaceship Jesus." *sigh*

My Confirmation Patron, St. Cecilia

Saints Felicity and Perpetua. Real BFFs!

Our Lady, Queen of Peace

St Elizabeth Ann Seton

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About zmalfoy

Z. Malfoy is a practicing Catholic-with-an-"interesting"-past. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (Spec. Voice) from Loyola University New Orleans, and has since taken a few business courses to expand her knowledge base. In her free time, she studies belly-dance, alchemy, theology, and various skills related to self-sufficiency. She also enjoys reading science fiction, refreshing her French, and watching anime. She recently started with learning Krav Maga and Russian.

8 thoughts on “Visiting The Shrine

  1. Sooooo wonderful to see these photos, Z. Thanks! We are hoping to see the Shrine for the first time this summer, since it’s the youngest Son’s greatest wish to see Washington DC. Don’t know if it will happen, but we’re hoping. Thanks for the pre-tour!


  2. It’s absolutely lovely, Zoph!!! I wish I could visit the shrine. May be sometime in the future. Also, I have taken pics of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. And church organ looks a lot like this if I remember correctly. I’ll send you the pictures sometime! 🙂


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