We are posting this a little early since we assume this will be a well attended event, so you may want to make your plans now. On Wednesday, September 20 the Sistine Chapel Choir will perform at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 6:00 p.m. From the event page:
For the first time in more than three decades, the Sistine Chapel Choir returns to the U.S. to perform.
This highly-accomplished group of 30 boys and 22 men sings for the Holy Father’s liturgies under the direction of Maestro Massimo Palomba. Officially called the Cappella Musicale Pontifica Sistina and affectionately known as the “Pope’s Choir,” this group is considered the most prominent and oldest choir in the world, dating back to the seventh century.
While this special event is free and open to the public, we encourage you to consider sponsorship opportunities. Become a part of the Papal Choir’s historic visit to the capital of the U.S.
There is more information about sponsorship levels on the event page. The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Ave NE.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be offering the public the rare opportunity to tour its Knights’ Tower Carillon and enjoy the 360 degree view of the city. The tours will take place on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The tours are free and open to the public. Visitors will be permitted on a first-come, first-served basis no tickets or reservations necessary. From the Basilica’s website:
Please be advised, visitors must be able to climb 85 steps to reach the Tower Elevator, please ensure you are in good physical condition. Visitors who experience claustrophobia, those who do not like elevators, or anyone who suffers from a condition where riding in an enclosed elevator may be uncomfortable should not attend. Children are permitted but parents should consider the stairs in their decision to bring younger children along. Strollers are not permitted into the Tower and no storage is available at the Basilica. Food and drink are not permitted. Bags, suitcases, camera cases, large purses or other bulky items are not permitted. Photography is allowed but the use of tripods is not permitted. Prohibited items cannot be stored, please leave the items in your vehicle or leave them home.
Click here for more information. The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Ave NE.
In January we wrote about the possibility of Pope Francis coming to our neighborhood when he visits this fall. This story in the Washington Post confirms the following:
The Archdiocese of Washington says the pope will celebrate Mass on Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Organizers say Francis will appear on the basilica’s east portico. The congregation is expected to assemble around the basilica on the university mall.