Etiquette in a Basilica
Please make sure you and your bridal party understand and adhere to the etiquette expected in the Basilica. It is also a good idea to include the first two paragraphs to the left in your wedding invitation or program for the understanding of all of your guests.
Worship in the Basilica is expressed through the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration throughout the day, as well as private meditation, devotions, and personal prayer. For this reason, parishioners and visitors alike are at worship at any given time throughout the day. Most importantly, the perpetual Presence of the Lord Jesus in His Eucharistic form (signified by the red candle near the Altar) deserves utmost reverence. The roped off area around the Altar is called the Sanctuary and is not to be entered except by those designated for public Worship, such as priests, altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, lectors.
The acoustical properties of the dome cause even the smallest sound to be amplified. Please show respect for Worship in the Basilica by keeping a reverential silence or quiet. Casual conversation and social exchanges are more properly done in the main vestibule and exterior areas of the Basilica.
While it is necessary for rehearsal directors, tour guides, photographers, etc., to conduct certain activities in the Basilica, they are expected to encourage their participants (including children) to show respect for Worship in the Basilica by maintaining the reverential silence or quiet necessary.
In addition, once the ceremony and photography session has concluded within the Basilica, the wedding party and guests may move into the courtyard for further photography or gathering prior to leaving the premises. However, being a prayerful place, it is expected that the volume of the group will be minimal as sound carries even from the outside into the Basilica and may disturb those inside.
Thank you for respecting the Sacred Space of the Basilica.