• 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. 

7 April 2018, Sabbato in Albis

EF Missa Cantata, 9am 

IntroitEduxit Dominus

AlleluiaHaec dies

AlleluiaLaudate pueri,

SequenceVictimae paschali laudes

OffertoryBenedictus qui venit

CommunionOmnes qui in Christo

DismissalIte missa est, alleluia, alleluia.

RecessionalRegina Caeli (simple) 

The Introit has two phrases: 

  1. Eduxit dominus populum suum in exultatione alleluia
  2. et electos suos in laetitia, alleluia alleluia. 

The Mass today maintains a strong focus on the newly baptized who are wearing their white robes one last full day before they lay them aside tomorrow morning. As we sang in the Easter Vigil, God has led his people forth in exultation, and his chosen ones in joy, for the pupose of singing his praises and giving him due worship and honour. The high point of the melody is over populum suum, as we are called (newly baptized) or reminded of our calling (those of us baptized in earlier years) as a people chosen for the greater glory of God—and hence our own future glory if we respond to his grace.

The text of the first Alleluia is the same text as the Easter Sunday gradual, which is here adapted to a Mode 8 formulaic melody for an Alleluia. This quotation from Psalm 117, the Easter psalm par excellence, is the most often repeated text of the Easter season, but especially of the Octave, when we heard it several times a day in the Mass, the Office, and at the prayers before Meals.

The second Alleluia verse has two phrases: 

  1. Laudate pueri Dominum, 
  2. laudate nomen Domini. 

The jubilus has the form a a. Text and melody are also heard on feast of the Holy Innocents, and we hear the melody over Alleluia also on the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. Similarly, Laudate pueri recurs in the typical melody of the fourth mode, for example, in the Alleluia-verse of the third Sunday of Advent. Again, the text refers to the newly baptized. They are like newborn children, as we will sing tomorrow morning. So there is a word play on the double meaning of pueri: children and servants. The new ‘children’ cry to us and ask us to sing with them as they join the ranks of servants: Servants of the Lord, praise the Lord!

The Offertory has three phrases: 

  1. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
  2. Benediximus vobis de domo Domini :
  3. Deus Dominus, et illuxit nobis.

Again we have text from Psalm 117, paired with classic Easter verses Haec dies and Lapidem quem reprobaverunt in older manuscripts. The melody soars to a high e (mi) over no(-mine), Deus, and (il-lu-(xit), making a clear connection between the shining white robes of the neophytes being led in procession at the Offertory with the bright light of the Risen Lord that now shines upon all of us.

The Communion antiphon has two phrases: 

  1. Omnes qui in Christo baptizati estis
  2. Christum induistis, alleluia. 

We are again in Mode 2, as we were at the start of the Christmas cycle with Dixit Dominus. And like that Introit, this antiphon uses intermediate cadences on c to punctuate phrase endings. We have a very programmatic, almost playful melody. In the first phrase, deep drops over Om-(nes) and (e)-stis reflect the plunges into the waters of baptism. In the second phrase, we have a melodic rising and falling that bring to mind the movements of lifting and pulling to put on the baptismal garment. So the melody reminds us that the outward sign of baptism is the very physical action of washing and then clothing, while the text from chapter 3 of St Paul’s letter to the Galatians reminds us that the wonderfully clean sensation and good feelings we have being cleansed are always ultimately linked to our participation in the mystery of the cross. (Gal 3,1) 

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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Our Lady of Victories, Pray for Us!  St. Stephen of Hungary, Pray for Us!
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos and Venerable Cardinal Mindszenty, Pray for Us!
 Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam