Basilica of Sacre Coeur in Montmarte, Paris – Mass times, facts

Sacré-Cœur, Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Pariz, Francija

Website of the Sanctuary

+33 01 53 41 89 00

Every day from 6 am to 10.30 pm.

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Consecrated to the Heart of Christ, a revelation of the love of God for mankind the Basilica Sacre Coeur Paris  – Montmartre a unique place in the world of perpetual Eucharistic adoration, night and day, for more than 125 years.

The Basilica Sacre Coeur Paris – Montmartre is a Sanctuary of Eucharistic Adoration and Divine Mercy.

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Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre

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Since the 1st of August 1885, the silent adoration in front of the exposed Blessed Sacrament, the true presence of Jesus Christ among us, is a continuous intercession for the Church and for the whole world, and an everlasting source of grace, light, and peace.

Continuous adoration of the Eucharist is the vocation of the Basilica Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre.

Sacre Coeur Paris Montmartre

Every evening, after the doors close at 10.30pm, the prayer relay continues, ensured by persons registered for the night of adoration, who stay at the Basilica Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre Guest House. See Top 15 Catholic shrines in the world.

The Chaplains of the Basilica and the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre are available to accompany your pilgrimage, present the Sanctuary, initiate you to a prayer of adoration and introduce you to the Sanctuary time of prayer. You may have a mass said for your pilgrimage, experience a time of guided adoration or obtain an explanation of the history, vocation and daily life of the Basilica.

Meals may be had at the guesthouse or in picnic form. You can request a meeting room. For pilgrimages lasting several days, the Basilica Guesthouse can accommodate you with the full or half board.

Basilica of Sacre Coeur hours

  • Every day from 6 am to 10.30 pm.

Sacre Coeur Paris Mass times

  • Monday – Friday: 7 am, 11.15 am, 3 pm (Friday only), 6.30 pm, 10 pm.
  • The Friday mass at 3pm (Votive mass of the Sacred Heart) is followed by a period of adoration or a Eucharistic procession and during Lent, Way of the Cross prayer.
  • Saturday: 7 am, 11 am, 10 pm (Anticipated Sunday Mass)
  • Sunday: 7 am, 11 am, 6 pm, 10 pm

On the eve of Solemnities falling on a weekday, the Masses at 6.30 pm and 10 pm are Anticipated Masses of the Solemnity (All Saints, Immaculate Conception, Saint Joseph, Ascension, Sacred Heart, Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, Assumption).
The celebration of Anticipated Masses is indicated in the calendar on the French home page.

Walk with joy in the steps of Christ and COME
This proposal for a group pilgrimage can be adapted for individual pilgrims.

Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre

DAYTIME PILGRIMAGE

  • 10 am Reception and talk about the Basilica Sacre Coeur Paris in Montmartre
  • 11.15 am Pilgrimage Mass
  • 12 am Sext
  • 12.30 pm Lunch at the guesthouse
  • 1.30 pm Visit-pilgrimage in the Basilica Sacre Coeur Paris in Montmartre
  • 2.30 pm Sanctuary time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament

NIGHTTIME PILGRIMAGE

  • 8.30 pm Reception and talk about the Basilica Sacre Coeur Paris in Montmartre
  • 9.00 pm Sanctuary time of prayer
  • 9.30 pm Compline
  • 10 pm Mass
  • 11 pm to 7 am Night adoration, hour by hour
  • 7 am Mass
  • 7.30 am Breakfast
    8 am Lauds or departure. (Doors open 6 am)

History of the basilica of Sacre Coeur

In 1870 war broke out between France and Germany. The Council that was being held in the Vatican at the time was suspended and the Pope, no longer under the protection of French troops, considered himself a prisoner within the Vatican.

France was defeated and partially occupied by German troops. The initiative of Alexandre Legentil and Hubert Rohault de Fleury was a spiritual one.

They vowed to build a church dedicated to the Sacred Heart “as reparation” (i.e. as penance for infidelity and sin) for they held that the misfortunes of France had spiritual rather than political causes.

At the end of 1872 Cardinal Guibert, Archbishop of Paris approved the vow and chose Montmartre. At the end of 1873, he got the French Parliament to pass a law declaring that the Basilica was in the public interest, thereby making the land available for the construction of a church.

At the time the construction of a Basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart contrasted with a series of Basilicas dedicated to the Virgin Mary during the same period in Lourdes, Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon and Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseilles.

The work was funded from donations – in many cases modest – collected throughout France, the names of the donors being carved in the stone.

The Crypt

Entrance outside the Basilica Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre at the bottom of the staircase on the left. The ceremonial entrance (Holy Thursday procession) is outside, on the west front, by a staircase and two bronze doors, which are copies of those of the baptistry in Florence. 

Arches in a pure though austere style form a wide ambulatory suitable for processions (Eucharistic processions on the first Friday of the month, the Way of the Cross on Fridays during Lent…) with large statues (St Denis, St Geneviève, St Ignatius, St Francis-Xavier…).

In the center is the Pieta chapel supporting the nave, which contains, in addition to a monumental statue of the Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross.

  • The tombs of Cardinals Guibert and Richard surmounted by their effigies A monument in remembrance of Cardinal Amette
  • An urn containing the heart of Alexandre Legentil, the initiator of the National Vow
  • The foundation stone of the Basilica (in front of the altar, in the paving)
  • A monument in remembrance of the priests and seminarists killed during the two world wars
  • A bronze statue of Christ recumbent especially venerated on Good Friday
  • The ambulatory has seven side chapels in the east and seven in the west.
  • The apsidal chapel, dedicated to the Holy Family, is surmounted by a statue of the Sacred Heart donated by Field Marshal Mac-Mahon. This representation of Christ with arms extended inspired Blessed Charles de Foucauld, who was to represent the Sacred Heart in similar fashion in the chapel of his Béni-Abbès hermitage in Algeria.
  • Turning around, one sees the chapel of Saint Peter, the columns of which support the apse of the Basilica. Saint Theresa came to pray here in 1887 and devoted herself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with her father, Blessed Louis Martin, and her sister Céline.
  • The Saint Peter altar is surmounted by a modern representation of the Sacred Heart in paper pulp, inspired by Blessed Charles de Foucauld’s drawing of the Sacred Heart in Béni-Abbès: “a life-size Sacred Heart with arms extended to embrace, unite and call upon mankind and sacrifice himself by offering them his heart…”
  • In the treasury, one can find superb ornaments offered to the Basilica, including a cloth of gold chasuble and the stole offered by Leo XIII as well as numerous ex-votos offered by the faithful in thanksgiving.

MAIN ENTRANCE:
Esplanade of the Basilica Sacre Coeur Paris – Montmartre (Open from 6 am to 10.30 pm)

ENTRANCE TO RECEPTION FOR NIGHT ADORATION AND THE EPHREM GUEST HOUSE
At the rear of the Basilica:
35, RUE DU CHEVALIER-DE-LA-BARRE
75018 PARIS

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The Chaplains of the Basilica and the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre are available to accompany your pilgrimage, present the Sanctuary, initiate you to a prayer of adoration and introduce you to the Sanctuary time of prayer. You may have a mass said for your pilgrimage, experience a time of guided adoration or obtain an explanation of the history, vocation and daily life of the Basilica.

Meals may be had at the guesthouse or in picnic form. You can request a meeting room. For pilgrimages lasting several days, the Basilica Guesthouse can accommodate you with the full or half board.

The audio tour for the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur is contained in the app Tupuy. To install it please follow these steps:

INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTALLING THE SACRÉ-COEUR AUDIO GUIDE

  • 2. Log in with your Facebook account or create an email and password. Free audio guides require you to sign in with Tupuy. The setup menu is in the upper right corner of your screen .
  • 3. On the main menu, you will find the option “FREE”. Locate Sacré-Coeur and press the third track. A notice of purchase forUS $ 0.00 will appear. Press it and that is it. The app will now guide you to download the audio guide on your device.
  • 4. Enjoy your visit! Follow the audio guide to visit the basilica and listen to the explanations.

A pilgrimage is a high point in the Christian life that we are all in need of. It opens us to the infinite in renewing our faith and transforms our daily life by illuminating it from within.

Walk with joy in the steps of Christ and COME !DAY OF PILGRIMAGE
This proposal for a group pilgrimage can be adapted for individual pilgrims.

DAYTIME PILGRIMAGE

  • 10 am Reception and talk about the Basilica Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre
  • 11.15 am Pilgrimage Mass
  • 12 am Sext
  • 12.30 pm Lunch at the guesthouse
  • 1.30 pm Visit-pilgrimage in the Basilica Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre
  • 2.30 pm Sanctuary time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament

NIGHTTIME PILGRIMAGE

  • 8.30 pm Reception and talk about the Basilica Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre
  • 9.00 pm Sanctuary time of prayer
  • 9.30 pm Compline
  • 10 pm Mass
  • 11 pm to 7 am Night adoration, hour by hour
  • 7 am Mass
  • 7.30 am Breakfast
    8 am Lauds or departure. (Doors open 6 am)

Each pilgrimage is unique. Please contact us to arrange dates and program. Please reserve well in advance to help us to cope with the large numbers of pilgrims and tourists who come to the Basilica.

Pilgrimage service
+33 1 53 41 89 00 (Reception)
[email protected]
Guesthouse
+33 1 53 41 89 09
[email protected]
Night of adoration
+33 1 53 41 89 03
[email protected]

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MAIN ENTRANCE:
Esplanade of the Basilica Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre (Open from 6 am to 10.30 pm)

ENTRANCE TO RECEPTION FOR NIGHT ADORATION AND THE EPHREM GUEST HOUSE
At the rear of the Basilica:
35, RUE DU CHEVALIER-DE-LA-BARRE
75018 PARIS

SUBWAY
Jules Joffrin (M° 12) + Montmartrobus (Place du Tertre stop)
Pigalle (M° 12, M° 2) + Montmartrobus (Norvins stop)
Anvers (M° 2) + Cable car (métro ticket) or steps
Abbesses (M° 12) + Cable car (métro ticket) or steps
RATP public transport map : www.ratp.fr

BUS
30 – 31 – 80 – 85 (Anvers Sacré-Coeur bus stop at foot of Montmartre)
Le Petit Train de Montmartre tourist train Operated by Promotrain, 131 rue de Clignancourt 75018 PARIS Tel: +33 1 42 62 24 00 – www.promotrain.fr Departure from Place Blanche (Blanche subway station line 2). Contact, booking and payment directly to this company, which is a separate entity.

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  • Monday – Friday: 7 am, 11.15 am, 3 pm (Friday only), 6.30 pm, 10 pm. The Friday mass at 3pm (Votive mass of the Sacred Heart) is followed by a period of adoration or a Eucharistic procession and during Lent, Way of the Cross prayer.
  • Saturday: 7 am, 11 am, 10 pm (Anticipated Sunday Mass)
  • Sunday: 7 am, 11 am, 6 pm, 10 pm

On the eve of Solemnities falling on a weekday, the Masses at 6.30 pm and 10 pm are Anticipated Masses of the Solemnity (All Saints, Immaculate Conception, Saint Joseph, Ascension, Sacred Heart, Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, Assumption).
The celebration of Anticipated Masses is indicated in the calendar on the French home page.

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A priest is present every day in the Confession Chapel (next to the welcome desk) to bestow the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) or for a spiritual interview:

  • 10 am to 12 pm
  • 2.30 pm to 6 pm
  • 8.15 pm to 9.45 pm
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In the Basilica Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre, adoration of the Eucharist is non-stop. One may come at any time to pray in silence before the Blessed Sacrament on display.

Every day, the Basilica Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre is open to all from 6 am to 10.30 pm. At night (between 10.30 pm and 6 am) only persons registered for night adoration may remain in the Basilica.

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The Sanctuary’s prayer

Lord,
who wished to stay present
among us through
Your Holy Eucharist, the mystery of your love,
we unite ourselves to all those
who come to adore You
in spirit and in truth.

Praying day and night,
we would like to offer our presence
to Your Presence.
Allow us to listen to You in silence,
as You wish to reveal Yourself
to us in the secret of our hearts.
Help us to abandon ourselves to You:
may the praise and supplication,
and the confident gift of our lives
raise up from our hearts.

May Your Sacred Heart, source of all mercy,
establish our hearts in peace
and inner joy. May it strengthen
our faith, renew our love,
and sustain our hope. Amen.

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In 1870 war broke out between France and Germany. The Council that was being held in the Vatican at the time was suspended and the Pope, no longer under the protection of French troops, considered himself a prisoner within the Vatican. France was defeated and partially occupied by German troops. The initiative of Alexandre Legentil and Hubert Rohault de Fleury was a spiritual one. They vowed to build a church dedicated to the Sacred Heart “as reparation” (i.e. as penance for infidelity and sin) for they held that the misfortunes of France had spiritual rather than political causes.

At the end of 1872 Cardinal Guibert, Archbishop of Paris approved the vow and chose Montmartre. At the end of 1873, he got the French Parliament to pass a law declaring that the Basilica was in the public interest, thereby making the land available for the construction of a church. At the time the construction of a Basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart contrasted with a series of Basilicas dedicated to the Virgin Mary during the same period in Lourdes, Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon and Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseilles. The work was funded from donations – in many cases modest – collected throughout France, the names of the donors being carved in the stone.

The Crypt

Entrance outside the Basilica Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre at the bottom of the staircase on the left. The ceremonial entrance (Holy Thursday procession) is outside, on the west front, by a staircase and two bronze doors, which are copies of those of the baptistry in Florence. Arches in a pure though austere style form a wide ambulatory suitable for processions (Eucharistic processions on the first Friday of the month, the Way of the Cross on Fridays during Lent…) with large statues (St Denis, St Geneviève, St Ignatius, St Francis-Xavier…).
In the center is the Pieta chapel supporting the nave, which contains, in addition to a monumental statue of the Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross.

  • The tombs of Cardinals Guibert and Richard surmounted by their effigies A monument in remembrance of Cardinal Amette
  • An urn containing the heart of Alexandre Legentil, the initiator of the National Vow
  • The foundation stone of the Basilica (in front of the altar, in the paving)
  • A monument in remembrance of the priests and seminarists killed during the two world wars
  • A bronze statue of Christ recumbent especially venerated on Good Friday
  • The ambulatory has seven side chapels in the east and seven in the west.
  • The apsidal chapel, dedicated to the Holy Family, is surmounted by a statue of the Sacred Heart donated by Field Marshal Mac-Mahon. This representation of Christ with arms extended inspired Blessed Charles de Foucauld, who was to represent the Sacred Heart in similar fashion in the chapel of his Béni-Abbès hermitage in Algeria.
  • Turning around, one sees the chapel of Saint Peter, the columns of which support the apse of the Basilica. Saint Theresa came to pray here in 1887 and devoted herself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with her father, Blessed Louis Martin, and her sister Céline.
  • The Saint Peter altar is surmounted by a modern representation of the Sacred Heart in paper pulp, inspired by Blessed Charles de Foucauld’s drawing of the Sacred Heart in Béni-Abbès: “a life-size Sacred Heart with arms extended to embrace, unite and call upon mankind and sacrifice himself by offering them his heart…”
  • In the treasury, one can find superb ornaments offered to the Basilica, including a cloth of gold chasuble and the stole offered by Leo XIII as well as numerous ex-votos offered by the faithful in thanksgiving.
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