The Grotto Water taps, located around the fountain pool, have been blessed by priests in the past and, most recently, by Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. This water, offered at the National Shrine Grotto, shall remind you of Jesus Himself who is life-giving water.
The Grotto Chaplain is available to bless and sanctify the Grotto Water. Once the Grotto Water becomes holy water, it can be used for blessing of persons, places and objects, or as protection against evil and danger.
Many pilgrims visit just for the Grotto Water (find location on our Interactive Map of the Grotto). Many believe that it’s cleansing and healthy for the body and soul; others believe it can heal. Although there are no documented miracles, many have reported favors and graces from drinking the Grotto Water.
Water bottles are available in St. Bernadette's Shoppe in the Miller Family Visitors Center.
The Our Lady of the Esplanade Fountain and Pool will be drained and cleaned from June 9-16. However, the Grotto spring water faucets will continue to run.