03 May 2008
Celebrating Ascension @ Basilica of National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
As you can see there is a strong Byzantine element to the Basilica. The mosaics are wonderful.
In the largest Catholic Church in America, see above, the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored: after being properly astounded at the architectural and religious wonders in wandering around the below ground-level and then the above-ground church, Russ and I attended the Mass of the Ascension of our Lord, supposed to be on a Thursday, 40 days after Easter, but often moved to the nearest Sunday these days. This architectural wonder actually aids the imagination in thinking about such an incredible thing as an Ascension.
It was fairly crowded with folks from various parts of the world and lots of visitors from various parts of the USA, especially a large number of school-kids from as far away as Montgomery, Alabama. Good organ music, wonderful cantor, pretty good homily, and of course the marvelous Eucharistic presence as well. What more could one want?