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The front of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Alexandria is decorated with gold and white papal bunting and wreaths for the Oct. 10, 2020 Mass on the occasion of the 225th anniversary of the founding of the basilica. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
The Basilica of Saint Mary in Alexandria was the first Catholic parish in Virginia, founded in 1795, as seen on a plaque on the facade. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Father Edward C. Hathaway, rector of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Alexandria, welcomes parishioners at a Mass Oct. 10 for the 225th anniversary of the basilica’s founding in 1795. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Bishop MIchael F. Burbidge (right) celebrates a Mass Oct. 10 on the occasion of the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Alexandria. Concelebrating is Father Edward C. Hathaway, rector (center). Deacon Jonathan Smith (left) assists. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
The congregation prays at a Mass Oct. 10 on the occasion of the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Alexandria. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge (left) speaks with parishioners Jeffrey and Mary Petrino after a Mass Oct. 10 on the occasion of the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Alexandria. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge blesses the chapel in the Basilica School of Saint Mary in Alexandria Oct. 10, as Father Edward C. Hathaway and Deacon Jonathan Smith look on. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge speaks to donors and guests outside the Basilica School of Saint Mary in Alexandria Oct. 10 after blessing the new renovations. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge greets donors and guests outside the Basilica School of Saint Mary in Alexandria Oct. 10 after blessing the new renovations. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
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