Though the Catholic Church maintains the primacy of its official liturgical celebrations such as the Sacraments and the Liturgy of the Hours, other popular practices of piety such as adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, novenas, pilgrimages, Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, processions, etc. are deemed important to our Catholic spiritual life.
Unlike the Sacraments which are always communal celebrations popular devotions can either be celebrated in private or in community.
At The Basilica
At any given time, on any given day people can be found in The Basilica praying the Stations of the Cross, reciting the Rosary, ligthing a candle or praying in front of the Tabernacle. These people are a true testimony to the devotional life of the church. Somehwat unique to The Basilica are the Mary Garden and the Labyrinth which iare popular places for personal prayer.