• 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. 

1 April 2018 Easter Sunday Morning Mass

Station at St Mary Major

IntroitResurrexi

N.B. We will sing the readings today. After the first reading, the schola will sing:

GradualHaec dies

After the 2nd Reading, all will sing: 

SequenceVictimae paschali laudesV2H, p. 478 

Solemn Easter Alleluia before the Gospel, V2H, p. 475. 

Renewal of Baptismal Promises replaces the Credo. During the sprinkling we will sing: 

AntiphonVidi aquamPBC, p. 23. 

OffertoryChrist the Lord is risen today, p. 246

CommunionPascha nostrum

DismissalIte missa est alleluia, alleluia.

RecessionalJesus Christ is risen today, p. 249

During Paschaltide, the Ordinary is from Mass I (Lux et origoPBC, p. 46ff. No Credo today, as above.

The Introit antiphon has three phrases:

1.    Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum, alleluia

2.    posuisti super me manum tuam, alleluia

3.    mirabilis facta est scientia tua, alleluia, alleluia.

The opening word of today's Introit (Resurrexi) brings us directly to the mystery that is being celebrated.

The real dominant of the melody and of the Resurrexi is f, which pervades the entire piece as a tristropha; it is best sung very lightly. Adhuc tecum sum has for its dominant. Five notes precede the word tecum and five follow it. The entire first phrase confines itself to the tetrachord d-g. Its alleluia is also sung as proceeding from the heart of the risen Christ. But it may serve in all three phrases as our own cry—a jubilant, expressive Amen to the words of the Redeemer.

            In the second phrase, the calm melody with its strong accent on f may serve as a picture of the quietly sheltering hand of God. Super and manum remind us of the first alle-(luia). Toward the end, the second alleluia must grow in warmth and thus prepare for the third phrase. The rising melody has the same end in view. This second phrase has three members, like the first, but a greater range: d-a.

            The third phrase begin with solemnity. It has four members, a tone-range of c-a, and a fourth which introduces a sort of modulation to low c. If we abstract from the first note, then the first alleluia is but a slightly shortened form of et adhuc tecum sum, and the second alleluia a repetition of the alleluia which follows that phrase. In contrast to the tender Phrygian cadences e g f f e of the Introit antiphon, the somewhat severe psalmody expresses a more virile joy of victory.

The Gradual has three phrases in the corpus:

1.    Haec dies quam fecit Dominus

2.    exsultemus

3.    et laetemur in ea

The melody is a typical one that we've discussed before, but it also has some noteworthy peculiarities. The first motif opens the chant in a swaying manner, almost unsteady. The following Dominus, however, rises up in radiant and assertive tones, reflecting the reality of the event. As the reality of the resurrection of the Lord becomes clearer, the strength of the melody increases over exultemus.  Laetemur in ea is more gracefully developed than in the former melody: c cdc a, dc ded c, ec efdb c.

The Communion antiphon has three phrases:

1.    Pascha nostrum immolatus est Christus, alleluia

2.    itaque epulemur in azymis sinceritatis et veritatis

3.    alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

This is in an intimate Communion song that uses a plagal mode (6) to express a more reserved joy. The melody centers about the final note; the lowest note is a fourth below and the highest a fourth above the finale, as if it had been measured with a rule (f-c, f-b).

            So why does itaque carries such a rich melody, and the neums fall to the syllable -ta-? This because early colloquial Latin put the accent on the syllable immediately preceding the enclitic ~que. The rich melody of the word is to clearly emphasize this thought: Since Christ has offered Himself as your Passover, therefore we are able to celebrate the Paschal feast and unite ourselves with Him in Holy Communion. We are, moreover, to celebrate it in sincerity and truth. For after the Paschal lamb had been slaughtered in the Temple, the Jews were no longer permitted to have any leaven in their houses. In like manner, the old leaven of sin may no longer have any place in the Christian's heart, now that Christ has offered Himself for us.

            Christus is a graceful response to (Pas)-cha no-(strum). The two note group in the first alleluia, in the last five notes of (i)-taque and (epu)-lemur, and the first four notes of a-(zymis) and veri-(tatis) produce a pleasing effect. The spirited ascent in the third phrase, which reaches its summit in the third alleluia, is likewise highly effective at expressing again the sense of the great mystery of the day: rising up from death and darkness into light and glory.

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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Address and Phone

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

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