• Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

  • Saint Mary of Victories

    Catholic Church

    Reverent  Faithful  Welcoming 

    Since 1843

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About St. Mary of Victories

Historic Saint Mary of Victories Catholic Church, just south of the Gateway Arch, is a splendid and unique part of the heritage of old Saint Louis.

Founded in 1843 for German immigrants, it became the city's Hungarian Catholic Church and cultural center in 1956. Its acclaimed architecture, beautiful old paintings, ornate statuary and noted historical personalities have earned it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the few consecrated churches in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and has a magnificent high altar with hundreds of sacred relics.

Saint Mary’s accordingly offers a classically reverent style of worship in proclaiming the joy of Christ's Gospel to locals and tourists alike. The 11 a.m. Sunday Mass is mainly in English, with a touch of Hungarian in Scripture and song, while the 9 a.m. Mass shows the continuity between contemporary Catholic worship and its ancient sources: the modern rite is celebrated, but with plentiful use of Latin, Gregorian chant and other traditional options.

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Reflections From Our Saints...

  • SMOV - Infant of Prague
  • St. Therese of Liseaux
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary
  • SMOV - Cabrini
  • SMOV - Anthony (1)
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Hungarian Parish

St. Mary of Victories has been the official home of the Hungarian Catholics in St. Louis since 1957... Read More
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Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos once preached at St. Mary of Victories... Read More
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Latin Novus Ordo Mass

St. Mary of Victories is the only place in St. Louis that celebrates the Modern Rite, ad orientem, with Gregorian Chant... Read More
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Oblates of Wisdom

The priestly Society of the Oblates of Wisdom was founded in 1979 to foster love for Jesus through Mary... Read More
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History

St. Mary of Victories has played an important role in the development of St. Louis... Read More
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Architecture

St. Mary of Victories is an excellent example of pre-Civil War architecture in St. Louis... Read More
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Liturgy Schedule

Mass Times

 9:00 AM  -  Latin-English Mass
 The Modern Roman Rite in Latin with Gregorian Chant
Coffee and Donuts After 9 am Mass
Pot Luck Brunch - First Sundays (Except July and August)

11:00 AM - English / Hungarian Mass
The Modern Rite in English with a "touch of Hungarian"
Hungarian Lunches After Mass - Third Sunday of the Month

Confessions: Sundays 8:30 - 9:00 a.m and 10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
On other days, by appointment.
                                                                                                           

Eucharistic Adoration

Fridays (except First Friday) at 9:00 AM (Following 8 AM Mass in the Extraordinary Form).

Fatima First Saturday Devotion

Confession at 7;30 am, Mass 8:00 am (Extraordinary Form), followed by Rosary, Adoration, and Benediction at 9:00 am.

Monthly Tridentine Missae Cantatae

Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form with Gregorian Chant. 

8 September 2013, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Introit: Justus es, begin on C (as re)

Offertory: O Lord I am not worthy, p. 304, begin on D

Communion: Vovete, begin on D (as do)

Recessional: All people that on earth do dwell, p. 204, begin on G.

Mass XI, PBC p. 58. Credo III, PBC p. 77

There are two phrases in the Introit antiphon:

1. Justus es Domine et rectum judicium tuum

2. fac cum servo tuo secundum misericordiam tuam

This (relatively brief) Introit is an important text. It makes a firm declaration of God's righteous judgement and then asks for His mercy, but with a confidence that we will receive it. The melody reflects this with many elements also found in the famous Introit Suscepimus Deus that we sang a few weeks ago and on Candlemas. We have a strong fifth in the intonation, quick rise to high e/mi, and the same melody over the words (mi)-sericordiam tuam as we have here over judicium tuum. In the former piece, however, the development is drawn on larger lines and is easier of comprehension, while in today's Introit tuo leads over to the conclusion somewhat too suddenly. A pause after tuo to take a full breath would break the melodic continuity of ecac with the subsequent cafgf. This chant is much more effective if the whole is sung without any interruption, with singers breathing at different places. Tuo is also the only word with melodic shifting, since the accented syllable is lower than the following syllable. The ending of the second phrase expands the closing motif of the first phrase a fifth lower.

            Not by accident does Dom Johner link 'God's righteous judgement' to His mercy. To expand on that, here is an (abridged) except of comments in an article I wrote recently. The Latin word justus can be misleading. It is often translated as 'just,' whose connotations today revolve around our modern concept of 'justice' and the legal system that supports it, with the elements of crime, punishment, retribution, and restitution uppermost in our minds. But the Latin noun justitia translates the Greek dikaiosune (δικαιοσύνη), (L&S, p. 371), which the Septuagint and the New Testament use for the concept behind the Hebrew tzedek (צְדָקָה) (B/D/B, p. 841). Most modern English versions of the Scriptures follow Tyndale's lead and translate that as 'righteousness', a better word for the rich and complex scriptural notion of God's nature and His behaviour towards His creatures. While the legal aspects (crime, punishment, etc.) are a certainly a part of this, the fundamental meaning of the term is God's fidelity to His covenant. This fidelity is the primary characteristic of God's nature in Sacred Scripture, the written record of God's interaction with us, the people of His covenant. This fidelity is inseparably linked with another fundamental scriptural characteristic of God, chesed (חֶ֫סֶד), (BDB, p. 339), the steadfast, unchanging love that He has for his people. God is faithful, and loves us without fail, despite our all too frequent lack of positive response to that love. This is the misericordia in the second phrase, most often translated as 'mercy'; but perhaps 'steadfast love' or 'tender compassion' might be a closer approximation of the Hebrew. Although God's righteousness cannot ignore the consequences of our own free choices to turn away from truth and choose false goods (i.e., sin), He Himself remains unfailingly loving and generous to all who turn back to Him and seek Him in truth. He is the model of authentic 'righteous judgement,' which St James admonishes us to follow: Mercy exalts itself above judgement. (Jas 2:13)

In the Communion antiphon we hear a very heavy text, almost ominous. More often than not, communion antiphons are upbeat and reflect the great consolation and joy we have at receiving Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and the quiet intimacy that flows from a more intense awareness of our union with Him. But today he is portrayed - as he was in the Introit - as ruler and judge over all powers. Dom Gregory does well to translate terribili as 'awesome'; despite the overuse of the word in modern slang, it still conveys that mixture of wonder and reserve - with a bit of fear - that the presence of God evokes. It has three phrases:

  1. (a) Vovete et redite Domino Deo vestro
    (b) omnes qui in circuitu eius affertis munera
  2. terribili et ei quo aufert spiritum principum
  3. terribili apud omnes reges terrae

There are some interesting melodic bits; I'll mention just a few. Vovete rises to the weak mi, reflecting the weakness of our own promises to do what God wills, and then goes to the strength of the tonic to contrast that with actually doing what God commands (reddite). The melody over in circuitu ejus moves in a semicircle as if imitating the meaning of the phrase. The first terribili begins on the dominant, and with its major third is the most significant word of the melody. It wants to leave no doubts about the difference between our human weakness and God's domination. The second terribili likewise begins on the dominant and then ends with a typical cadence when the kings of the earth reverently bow before the majesty of God.

Mass Times

9:00 AM  -  Latin / English "Novus Ordo" Mass
   The Modern Roman Rite in Latin with Gregorian Chant

 11:00 AM - English / Hungarian Mass
   The Modern Rite in English with a "touch of Hungarian"

Hungarian Lunches on Third Sundays ater 11 am Mass

 Confession 30 Minutes Before Every Mass

Holy Hour / Benediction - Fridays at 9 am (after 8 am Extraordinary Form Mass)

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744 South 3rd Street (at Gratiot)
Saint Louis, MO 63102-1645
(314) 231-8101

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