March 30, 2018
On Good Friday, March 30, the National Shrine will have Exposition of the Relics of the Passion in the Crypt Church from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The relics will be displayed for veneration by the faithful throughout the day except for the hour between 12 noon and 1:00 p.m., at which time the Stations of the Cross will be celebrated. Following the Stations, the relics will be returned for veneration until 6:00 p.m.
The relics include a particle from the table of the Lord's Supper, stone particles from the Garden of Gethsemane, particles of the pillar of the scourging, the purple garment worn by Jesus, a spine from the crown of thorns, stones particles from Mount Calvary, a particle of the inscription tablet, shavings of the nails or spikes, particles of the sponge and reed, particle of the seamless linen garment worn by Jesus, the lance which pierced his side, the bindings and cloths used in the burial of Jesus, stones from the Holy Sepulchre, and a particle of the True Cross. Also displayed are relics of Mary, the Mother of Jesus; her sister, Mary, wife of Clopas; Mary of Magdala; the Twelve Apostles; and Saint Paul.
This event is open to the public and no tickets or reservations are required. The Basilica offers ample free parking and is conveniently located within walking distance of the Brookland-CUA Station on Metro's Red Line. For more information, please call the Basilica at 202-526-8300.
Relics of Christ's Passion