Continuation of the March for Life trip.
After a day of seeing the sites, A. and I met up with another BC friend and we took the metro to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. First we went to the crypt and found seats for Mass. As I walked around with my camera, I prayed and took in the beauty of the Basilica. As I walked around, I knew my camera would not be able to capture the fullness of it all.
There were many side chapels and alcoves with statues, mosaics, and paintings of Our Mother. It was so beautiful to see. Below are my favorite shots relating to Our Lady.
The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was absolutely wonderful. Sitting in the crypt, we watched on a TV screen what was happening right above us, but it was packed even in the crypt. The Mass went on for about three hours, with numerous bishops, priests, and seminarians in the processional. There was an abundance of youth and it was beautiful to see the religious brothers and sisters of so many different communities coming together as well.
"O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time." -Pope John Paul II, "Prayer for Life", Evangelium Vitae (found on Pro-Life Quotes Blog).
Next up: The March for Life.
In Christ through Mary.