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Celebration of the Holy Eucharist

December 3, 9 a.m.
St. Mary's Chapel at the Grotto of Lourdes

Celebration of Mass at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes; followed by rosary and devotions. Come holy Jesus, pray for us!
For more information, call (301) 447-5318 or email

virtual pilgrimage of lourdes

Statue of our Lady of Lourdes with Rosary

Learn the Gospel Message of Lourdes

December 8, 1 p.m. after 12 p.m. Mass
St. Mary's Chapel at the Grotto of Lourdes

All will have the opportunity to touch the Grotto Rock, experience the healing grace of Lourdes Water, receive a Eucharistic Blessing and join a candlelight Rosary Procession just as done each day in Lourdes. 

By Apostolic Decree, Pope Francis grants a Penary Indulgence to the faithful, under the usual conditions, who make pilgrimage to Lourdes or who experience a virtual pilgrimage with North American Lourdes Volunteers at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.

No registration is required
For more information, call (301) 447-5318 or email

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Jesus Christmas

Enroll your loved ones and friends
to be remembered during the celebration of

Christmas Eve Mass

Wednesday, December 24, 4 p.m. Mass
(Confessions, 3 p.m.)
St. Mary's Chapel at the Grotto of Lourdes

During this celebration of Jesus's birth, and through the intercession of Mary, God will hear and know your every thought and every prayer uttered. For more information, call (301) 447-5318 or email

► Enroll in Christmas Eve Mass

adopt a shrine


          Would you or your group like the opportunity to make a difference for the thousands of pilgrims who visit the Grotto each year? By Adopting a Shrine, you can help to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of a devotional area. 

Your generosity will allow the Grotto to continue its ministry to all who walk these  holy grounds, and give you the chance to have a hand in the legacy of the Grotto of Lourdes.

For more information, call (301) 447-5318 or email

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blessed grotto spring water

Spring water


The natural spring water is blessed flowing down Mary's Mountain at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Although there are no documented miracles, many have reported favors and graces from drinking the Grotto spring water. 
At the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, our Grotto staff is the one and only service to package and send our Grotto spring water. You only pay for the decorative bottle, postage and packing; however, we ask you to consider an offering to support the Grotto. Of course, the Grotto spring water is freely available at the Grotto fountain on the holy grounds.

Yes, please send my bottle of Grotto Spring Water today!


The Grotto spring water is free with our special bottle (1.0 oz.) and the water is collected from the spring on these holy grounds.  




Congested traffic is causing a safety concern in the upper parking lot. For your safety, we have closed the lot and will be replacing the area with walkways and gardens.

Drop-off/Pick-up at the Miller Family Visitors Center and transportation to and from the lower parking lot is available! 
Please call (301) 447-5318

Operating HOURS

Miller Family Visitors Center and Grounds
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
(gates close at 5 p.m.)—get directions
Phone 301-447-5318

St. Bernadette's Gift Shoppe
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
Phone 301-447-5444


►The National Shrine is CLOSED Thanksgiving and Christmas Days

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