National Prayer Vigil for Life Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still attend, in-person, the evening Vigil prayer activities at the Basilica on Thursday, January 28?

No. Due to health and safety concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life and its evening program will be closed to the public on January 28. All Vigil for Life events during January 28-29 will be televised or livestreamed. The faithful are encouraged to join virtually on EWTN or the Basilica’s Website.

Can I still attend, in-person, the 8:00 am Closing Mass at the Basilica on Friday, January 29?

The 8:00 am Closing Mass for the Vigil for Life will be open to the public. Please note, due to current Washington D.C. restrictions, in-person mass attendance is limited to 250 people inside the Basilica. Admission will be allowed by advance reservation only.

For details on the Basilica’s current hours of operation, entry process, health and safety protocols, and other information for in-person access, please visit their website.

Can clergy still participate on-site in the National Prayer Vigil for Life Opening and Closing Masses?

No. Due to coronavirus restrictions issued by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Office and social distancing protocol, clergy at the 2021 Opening and Closing Masses will be restricted to Basilica and USCCB clergy only. Concelebration at Shrine Masses is not permitted at this time. In addition, the Basilica is not scheduling private Masses for individuals or small groups.

What is allowed inside the Basilica?

Please limit personal belongings to one small personal bag or purse per person. No luggage or rolling bags are allowed. No banners, posters, or flags may be displayed. No cards, brochures or pamphlets or any other outside materials may be displayed or distributed either inside or on the grounds of the Basilica.

Is Parking available at the Basilica on the Day of the March for Life?

Parking for cars at the Vigil for Life Closing Mass on January 29 is available on a first come, first served basis in the Shrine's Lower Lot and on Harewood Road and 4th Street.

Bus parking for January 29 is available by permit only. At this time, there are no additional permits available.