• 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. 

11 November 2018, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

IntroitIntret oratio mea

AlleluiaQui posuit

OffertoryJesus my Lord my God my all, p. 324

Communion (Years B & C)Dominus regit me

RecessionalO Jesus Christ, remember, p. 303,

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

The Introit antiphon is taken from a Lenten formulary, the Saturday Ember Day (Week I) in the EF. It has two phrases:

1.    Intret oratio mea in conspectu tuo

2.    inclina aurem tuam ad precem meam Domine

This antiphon is long enough that you probably won't need to repeat the antiphon between the psalm verse and the GP.

            Psalm 87 stands alone in all the Psalter for the unrelieved gloom, the hopeless sorrow of its tone. Even the very saddest of the other psalms, and also the Lamentations, admit some strains of hopefulness; here all is only darkness, right to the close. Many believe this psalm was composed in the immediate aftermath of the Exile, when hope of Israel's return to Temple worship and reuniting of scattered families seemed impossible; others think it was a prayer for someone in the throes of a final illness. The Fathers saw it as the prayer of Jesus in His passion.

            So when we find the opening lines of the psalm set here with a rather 'upbeat' Mode 3 melody, that doesn't seem to fit the mood of the text. The resolution to this apparent contradiction is that the melody we have in the Vatican edition is almost certainly not the original. At some point, the original form of most Mode 3 melodies was modified, moving the dominant from b to c, giving it the very declamatory form, similar to Mode 8. If we look at this melody in the Graduale Novum, we find the b restored, and the tone is completely different. It has much more of the mystical dimension that the ancient authors attributed to this mode. The restored melody and psalm tone bring out the passionate, plaintive, pleading undertones of the text. In the current (Vatican) version, that comes through only at the final cadence of the antiphon.

The Communion antiphon is also taken from a Lenten formulary, Saturday Week IV in the EF. It has two long phrases, which the melody actually divides as follows:

1.    Dominus regit me et nihil me deerit

2.    in loco pascuae ibi me collocavit

3.    super aquam refectionis educavit me

The text is from the famous and beloved psalm 22 (23), The Lord is my Shepherd. In its EF setting, it is part of a formulary that includes texts from Deutero-Isaiah, (cc. 40-55, aka the 'Book of Consolation') to frame Jesus's declaration while teaching in the Temple that He is the Light of the world. So the promise of joy, imperfect in this world and complete is the world to come, is the underlying meaning of the consoling image of God as Shepherd-King. David was the ultimate type, yet he was only an imperfect pre-figurement of the true Shepherd-King, our Divine Lord Himself. The melody is in a rather plaintive Mode II, as befits its original Lenten setting. It is chosen primarilly for Year C, with its readings about the resurrection. But it's also very apt for this year's reading about Elijah being fed by the widow of Zarepath. God does indeed provide us with what we need, and most wonderfully in the Holy Eucharist.

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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