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Marietta, Ohio: Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption

 

About the Basilica:

This magnificent Basilica, dating from 1838, features magnificent glass windows from Germany, brought here during World War I, despite the British blockade at that time.  There are almost 140 images of Angels to be found in the Basilica. Large Angels bearing torches and palm branches are in the sanctuary and around the nave, as if on guard; and Angels greet the Blessed Mother in the relief statue of the Assumption in the apse. Cherubs adorn the capitals of each column, and images of Angels can be seen in nearly every stained glass window.

Fast forward to June 13, 2013 when Pope Francis approved a decree establishing St. Mary’s as the 76th basilica in the United States, recognizing its historic significance and artistic splendor. As a basilica, St. Mary’s shares a special relationship with the See of Rome and the Holy Father. Entitled to make use of the Papal symbols, including the Papal Keys, the Umbrellino and Tintinnabulum, a basilica is established as a special place of prayer and pilgrimage. The basilica was inaugurated at a solemn Mass on November 5, 2014.

The Eucharistic Adoration chapel in the basilica is dedicated to the English Martyrs St. Thomas Becket, St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More. These Saints were chosen because of their dedication to the teachings of the Roman Pontiff.

A Shrine to Our Lady of Perpetual Help including a large mosaic of the icon is located at the back of the church and there is a relic of the True Cross that is available year round for veneration.

Pilgrims can receive a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions by visiting the Basilica on these designated days:

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua (June 13), Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul (June 29), Solemnity of the Assumption (August 15), Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) and visitors may select one additional day a year.

The Holy Eucharist is exposed for Adoration in the chapel every Wednesday and Friday from 8:15 am – 7 :00 pm. 

There is also a gift shop in the Basilica.

Traveling to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption in Marietta, Ohio:

Address:  506 Fourth Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750-1901

Tel:  +1 (740) 373-3643

email: [email protected]

Click here for the official website of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta, Ohio

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