• 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. 

25th December 2018, Mass of Christmas Day 

Prelude: Martyrology for Christmas Day (chanted in English by cantor) 

TropeHodie cantandus est introduces the Introit

Trope: Hodie cantandus est nobis puer quem gignebat ineffabiliter ante tempora pater et eundem sub tempore generavit inclyta mater. Quis est iste puer quem tam magnis praeconiis voceferatis? Dicite nobis ut collaudatores esse possimus. Hic enim est quem praesagus et electus hymnista Dei ad terras venturum praevidens longe ante praenotavit sicque praedixit.

Today we must sing of a child, whom the Father ineffably begat before all time and to whom an illustrious mother gave birth in time. Who is this child whom you have announced so loudly with such great proclamations? Tell us so that we can be among those who praise him. He is the the one whom the prophetic chosen hymnist of God, with foresight long beforehand, foreknew and predicted would come to earth. [Introit follows immediately]

IntroitPuer natus est

AlleluiaDies

OffertoryO come all ye faithful, V2H p. 231 

CommunionViderunt omnes 

Post-Communion: Antiphon Hodie Christus natus estPBC, p. 137 (or V2H, p. 234)

RecessionalJoy to the world, V2H p. 232

Ordinary will be from Mass VIII, PBC, pp. 52ff. Credo III, PBC, pp. 77ff. 

N.B. Today all kneel during the Et incarnatus est in the Credo.

We chant all the readings today.

The Introit antiphon has three phrases: 

1.    Puer natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis:

2.    cujus imperium super humerum ejus:

1.    et vocabitur nomen ejus, magni consilii Angelus.

This Introit of the third Mass of Christmas has much of the spirit of the popular carol, In dulci jubilo. After the dulcet fifth of Puer comes the torculus re mi re; the second half of the phrase begins in the same way. The parallelism of the text (Pueret filius) probably influenced the shape of the melody. (Many have noted the difference in the effect of this parallelism compared with that of the first Mass of Christmas with its minor thirds, reminding us of the semidarkness of that night.) The tristropha then brings a relaxation, allowing the following nobis to be sung with more color. There is an emphasis on this nobis in both parts of the phrase, once with its close on the dominant, the other on the tonic. Despite rhythmic similarities, the dynamics are different. In the first nobis the second clivis dominates the first, while in the second nobis the first two notes receive greater prominence. The same holds true of natus compared to the first nobis. Thus there results a beautiful melodic interplay, reminiscent perhaps of a song for rocking the cradle of the Christ Child.

            While the first phrase sings of the Infant, the second stresses His dominion and divine dignity, in which the Christianized Roman would have seen realized the old dream of the imperium, of the universal kingdom. The melody attains its peak at imperium. Try to follow the direction of Saint-Gall (Einsiedeln 121), which gives the third note a slightly broader marking (=a slight emphasis) so that the melodic line ascends with solemnity befitting the word. Then the melody sinks, slowly and deliberately, as if a shadow settled upon it. For the royal dignity also reminds us of the burden which already at Christmas rests upon the shoulders of this Child: the burden of the cross, reflected in the minor third and the semitones over ejus. Then we hear a bright major third over et vocabitur, as though to put aside those ponderous thoughts. Then the tristropha and figure over the second ejus, like the one over the first ejus, give a still more intense form to the joyful conclusion: He is the Angel of great counsel, the One who comes to announce to us also to make effective in Himself our redemption and eternal salvation.

            Some have said that the numerous tristrophas in this antiphon were intended to restrain the singer from getting carried away with exultation. Regardless, these tristrophas should not sound heavy or unwieldy. The piece as a whole ought to be bright and lively. We are using the seventh mode (cf. the Introit for the second Sunday of Advent and for the feast of the Ascension), which here ever strives upward, to reflect our joy. (The accented syllables in most instances have a higher pitch than the syllable immediately following, frequently also higher than the preceding syllable.)

The Communion antiphon is a single verse: 

Viderunt omnes fines terrae salutare Dei nostri.

We hear this same melody in several adaptations. In all probability the opening word, Viderunt, led to the choice of the melody. That's not a negative comment, but rather a step to a deeper understanding of the appropriateness and of the beauty of this Communion chant. If we compare the text with the same words used in the first part of today's Gradual, we get an illuminating insight into the stylistic differences of the two chants. Terrae and salutare mark the high points of the melody. The connection is immediately evident: salvation has come to the world. When we consider that we are privileged to look upon Him, that we are even allowed in Holy Communion to taste and see "how sweet He is," then our salutare will have a particularly radiant ring. In the notes that come after the lengthened do, la sol mi fa fa corresponds rhythmically to sol fa la sol mi over (ter)-rae and fa re fa mi do over De-(i).

The short antiphon after Communion is the Magnificat Antiphon for 2nd Vespers of Christmas. 

Hódie Christus natus est; hódie Salvátor appáruit; hódie in terra canunt ángeli, lætántur archángeli; hódie exsúltant iusti, dicéntes: Glória in excélsis Deo, allelúia.

Today Christ is born; today the Saviour has appeared; today the angels in heaven sing, the archangels rejoice; today the righteous exult, saying: Glory to God in the highest, alleluia.

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
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