Pope Saint John Paul II

Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

Every week over 280 people come to the Basilica to pray a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament at the Basilica’s Pope Saint John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. 24/7 there are adorers praying for our Church and our City.

Will you sign up to pray a weekly Holy Hour at the Basilica of the Assumption – America’s First Cathedral? Our hope is to have two adorers for every hour – that’s 336 adorers. We won’t hit that goal without you.

Click the button below to sign up today or email questions to Ana.Farias@baltimorebasilica.org.  

Adoration Sign Up

For step-by-step instructions on how to sign up and to review all of our guidelines, please click and download the document Baltimore Basilica Perpetual Adoration Chapel.


Please see more details below.

How to Sign Up

How to Sign Up

All adorers must sign up here Adoration Sign Up

To sign up, click the button above. Then select “weekly commitment” or “become a sub.” There is no commitment involved in becoming a substitute; you simply choose an hour that is convenient or ignore the request.

Once you are registered you will receive an email confirming your commitment and additional instructions.

24-hrs before your scheduled time you will receive a reminder email, which will contain the passcode to the gates/door for afterhours access to the Adoration Chapel.

Daily Intentions

Daily Intentions

Each day we will unite by praying for the following intentions:

  • Monday: For an end to all Racism and Injustice
  • Tuesday: For an increase of Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life; and for a Renewal in the Priesthood
  • Wednesday: For a Strengthening of our Marriages and Families and for the Healing of All Adult Children of Divorce
  • Thursday: For our Catholic Schools; for All Healthcare Workers and for the Healing of All the Sick
  • Friday: For an End to All Violence in Baltimore City
  • Saturday: For an End to All Abortion in Baltimore City
  • Sunday: For a greater Love of the Eucharist



The Basilica is located at 409 Cathedral Street in Baltimore, MD 21201.

During the day, please access the Adoration Chapel through the main entrance of the Basilica and take the stairs or the elevator to the undercroft—where the Adoration chapel is located.

The main entrance after hours (from 7pm to 8am) to the Adoration Chapel is on the Mulberry side of the Basilica. There is a gate with an electronic keypad for entry. Enter the code, lift up the hatch and push open the gate. Please close the gate behind you.

Once through the gate, walk up the stairs and follow the brick walkway to the right to the main entrance to the Adoration Chapel.

**See below to watch a video highlighting the new entrance for the Adoration Chapel**

Parking & Security


Street parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Please pay attention to all Baltimore City Parking signs – as they differ on every street. The Franklin Street Garage (15 W. Franklin Street Baltimore, MD 21201) is available for an hourly fee. For hours and fee information on the Franklin Street Garage, please click here. Unfortunately, the Basilica does not have dedicated parking access.


A security guard is stationed at the Basilica 24 hours a day. Starting at 7pm an officer is stationed at the Adoration Chapel. The officer is able to escort you to and from your car upon request.

**See below to watch a video highlighting the new entrance for the Adoration Chapel**

Winter Weather Guidelines


We will follow the Baltimore City Schools. If there is a School Delay (of any length), the Adoration Chapel will be open but we ask that you use prudence in determining if you can come in for your scheduled Holy Hour.

If you do not feel comfortable traveling, email Ana at ana.farias@baltimorebasilica.org. Do not request a sub.

If the Schools are closed, the Adoration Chapel will be closed. (Note: This does not apply to daily mass.) The Adoration Chapel will reopen at 12pm (noon) the next day.


If inclement weather is called for on Saturday or Sunday, we will send out an email with instructions by close of business on Friday.

Please contact Ana Farias at ana.farias@baltimorebasilica.org if you have any questions or need assistance signing up.

About the Pope Saint John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

The altar, by its design and detail including the retabla and tabernacle, was installed to reflect the heritage of the two Basilica apse altars (St. Michael the Archangel and St. James the Less).

The kneeler, which contains a first-class relic of Pope Saint John Paul II, was used by the Holy Father during his 1995 visit to the Basilica.

Also on display is:

  • The chasuble (Mass Vestment) Pope Saint John Paul II wore when he celebrated Mass at Camden Yards in Baltimore in 1995.
  • The painting of Our Lady of Czestochowa that Pope Saint John Paul II gazed upon during adoration in the Basilica.
  • A beautiful bronze bust of Pope Saint John Paul II.
  • A bronze plaque with a powerful quotation from Pope Saint John Paul II about the importance of Eucharistic Adoration.

A Spanish-made tabernacle with a built-in luna (which safely holds and displays the Sacred Host) is the jewel of the Adoration Chapel. On the outside door of the tabernacle is a custom-made enamel painting depicting Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. Engraved in the base of of the tabernacle is Pope Saint John Paul II’s papal motto, TOTUS TUUS (All Yours).

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