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Prayers and Worship

Prayers are Answered at the Grotto...

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I was so pleased to be able to visit the Grotto a couple of weeks ago... I lit a candle and submitted my request to the box. My request was graciously granted shortly after we arrived home. Our Lady is so generous and lifts our prayers and petitions to her loving and forgiving Son.
– Marsha from Virginia

Mass and Sacrament Schedule

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Thursday through Monday at 11 a.m.

Mass Celebration in St. Mary's Chapel on the Hill
Thursday through Monday at 12 p.m.

See our calendar for special celebrations...


"It was perfect to get engaged at the Grotto! We love this place."

Grotto Engagement


Jimmy Mudgett and Ashley Scarcell
June 8, 2015

Special Indulgences

The faithful, who out of devotion visit the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Mount St. Mary's University, may gain the following indulgences:

Plenary Indulgence
By individual visitors - on all feast days of Our Lady, on all Saturdays and on all Sundays.
By members of a pilgrimage group - on any day of the year.

To gain the Plenary Indulgence all pilgrims are requested to:

  1. fulfill the usual conditions of reconciliation, Holy Communion and prayers for the intention of the Holy Father, and

  2. recite at the Grotto Cave the Hail Mary together with the invocation "O Mary, Virgin and Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me."

A Partial Indulgence of 500 days each time a visit is made to the Grotto of Lourdes and the Hail Mary is said together with the above mentioned invocation and prayers are said for the intention of the Holy Father.



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