National Prayer Vigil for Life
Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday January 18, 2018 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, will be the principal celebrant and homilist.
Address to National Shrine: 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast Washington, DC 20017
Mass for Life
The Mass for Life and the Rally for Life will take place at Verizon Center. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Jomy (847.989.8233) and state your intention to attend. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis, as the tickets available are limited.
Doors open at 7AM to Verizon Center. The rally begins at 730AM. We must enter Verizon Center by 8AM before the rally opens doors to people on the waiting list. After 8AM even if you have a ticket, you are not guaranteed entrance. Tickets are sold out at 18,000+. Once you enter Verizon Center, you cannot leave and reenter.
Waiver: Please print and sign the waiver in the following link.
This waiver allows the Archdiocese of Washington to use pictures and/or videos of you at the rally. Please return the waiver to Jomy. You will not receive a rally ticket unless you give Jomy a waiver.
Food: Food will be available for purchase at Verizon Center. Please bring money so that you can purchase something to eat. Only small signs/banners and small backpacks (bring snacks and drinks) will be allowed in Verizon Center.
March for Life:
March for Life is one of the largest pro-life gatherings in the world. In 2017, the march was much larger than recent years, with around 500,000 people attended in the March. Please follow the instructions given below for a peaceful participation in the event.
Buses can drop off at 7th street and Independence Ave (-see the map below). Please arrive before 12.30 PM.
We recommend parking your car at the Greenbelt Metro Station and (1) taking the GREEN line train into DC, (2) exit at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, (3) transfer to the BLUE line at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station going toward Franconia-Springfield, and (4) exit at the Smithsonian Metro Station. Travel time is 45 minutes to take the train from the Greenbelt metro station to the National Mall.
Youth attending Youth Rally at Verizon Center:
We will leave Verizon Center together. Just follow the group group to the 4life meeting spot at the national mall (7th street and Jefferson Street-see the map below).
All 4Life marchers will gather at the national mall (7th street and Jefferson Street-see the map below). After a short prayer we join the rest of the marchers at the Constitution Avenue.
If you are LOST: If you get lost at any point during the march, please contact the Hot-line number - 202-630-0682.
The housing accommodation assignment will be sent out shortly. Please feel free to contact the following local representatives with any questions you might have.
Vivek Jose - 201-917-0686 (Hershey)
Jomy Methipara– 847.989.8233 (Virginia)
Paul Mangalath - 410.461.2035 (Baltimore)
Joseph J - 703.623.9137 (Virginia)
Thursday, January 18: National Prayer Vigil for Life
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
10.00 am - 05:00 pm Confessions - Our Lady of Hostyn Chapel (lower level)
05.00 pm - 05:15 pm Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Great Upper Church
05:30 pm - 07:30 pm Opening Mass - Great Upper Church
Principal Celebrant & Homilist: Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
08:30 pm - 10:30 pm Confessions - Our Lady of Hostyn Chapel
08:30 pm - 09:30 pm National Rosary for Life - Crypt Church (lower level)
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Night Prayer (Byzantine Rite) - Crypt Church
11:00 pm Holy Hours for Life - Crypt Church, Led by seminarians from across the country
Friday, January 19: Youth Rally and Mass for Life
Capital One Arena (Verizon Center)
601 F Street NW Washington, DC
6:15 AM– Doors Open
6:45 AM – Rally Begins
After Mass, we will meet at Andrew W Mellon Auditorium for the National March for Life!
Friday, January 19: March for Life
4Life Meeting place: National Mall (14th and Independence Avenue)
1:00 p.m. March for Life