“The singing of the Church comes ultimately out of love. It is the utter depth of love that produces the singing. ‘Cantare amantis est’, says St. Augustine, singing is a lover’s thing. In so saying, we come again to the trinitarian interpretation of Church music. The Holy Spirit is love, and it is he who produces the singing. He is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit who draws us into love for Christ and so leads to the Father.” – 
Pope Benedict XVI, The Spirit of the Liturgy, 2000

The Roman Catholic Church, throughout the past two millennia, has been the world’s most ardent supporter of the arts. Artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt and countless others served the Church and spread the Gospel through their artistic expression. Composers such as Palestrina, Vivaldi, Cherubini, Schubert and many more gave freely of their gifts, which continue to bless listeners today.

It is in this spirit that the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe continues this tradition through specially commissioned statues, bronze doors, and sacred art work as well as the formation of the Basilica Choir, the professional choir-in-residence at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. Future music commissions, a fine pipe organ, and an expanded Basilica Choir and concert series are all parts of our dream for the near future.

The Basilica Concert Series was inaugurated in 2001 and has grown to feature outstanding, world-class performers as well as talented local artists. It is our desire that the concerts in Mary’s Shrine follow the example of the Blessed Mother herself, in that they point the way to Christ Jesus, her Son.

We hope you will come back often as you learn more about our ministry! 

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