• 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. 

21 July 2019, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Introit: Ecce Deus

Offertory: For the beauty of the earth

Communion (Year C): Optimam partem

Recessional: All creatures of our God and King

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

The Introit antiphon has three phrases:

  1. Ecce Deus adjuvat me, et Dominus susceptor est animae meae

  2. averte mala inimicis meis

  3. in veritate tua disperde illos, protector meus, Domine.

The clear theme is that we must not grow despondent in the face of life's challenges, for Ecce Deus adjuvat me—God is my helper. Ecce starts on the dominant of the mode, reflecting the dominant power of God. So the c over Deus is doubled and that Dominus in the second part of the first phrase is made emphatic by a fourth. The manuscripts indicate with special markings that the notes over Deus adjuvat me should be given a broad interpretation. So they rightly demand a solemn rendering of this passage to express our deeply rooted confidence. From the second phrase on (averte), a certain restlessness and apprehension becomes evident. Perhaps it is holy anger, calling for vengeance. Some relationship exists between the passages over mala and illos. But the manuscripts wish above all to emphasize the pressus over illos. Hence the bistropha with its succeeding clivis are here marked with 'c' (=celeriter, rapidly); or 'st' (=statim, immediately) is interpolated between the bistropha and the clivis, while in the corresponding passage over mala 't' (=tenere, hold) and an episema are placed over the clivis. The called-for acceleration of the neums which precede the pressus makes the latter stand forth prominently. Only with protector meus, which may be considered a prolongation of est animae meae, does the confidential feeling of the beginning return to the text and still more to the melody, which closes with well-known and pleasing seconds. More than once the effect of the melody is heightened by what we may call the "resolved" F-major scale.

Here the question is very pertinent: Is a Christian allowed to pray thus: averte mala—turn back the evils upon my enemies? If these words proceeded from personal hate, then indeed they would be unchristian, and such a prayer would never find acceptance in the sight of God. Even David refrained from laying hands upon Saul when the latter was powerless before him. But since God desires the salvation of our souls, the enemies of our souls are also the enemies of God, and for that reason are we allowed to beseech God to render His and our enemies harmless, and to let their efforts toward the destruction of souls and the kingdom of God come to naught. Has not God promised His help to those who approach Him with confidence? Hence we call upon His fidelity (veritate), on His goodness and love, and leave it entirely to His wisdom how He will supply us with help against our foes. If, however, there is question of the interior enemies of salvation, such as self-deceit, concupiscence, lust, and so forth, then these words lose their questionable character, and we are allowed to use them in serious and earnest prayer. When we have to deal with exterior dangers, such as ignorance and seduction, then we give averte mala its proper meaning by adding et in veritate tua disperde illos.

(Year C) The Communion antiphon has two phrases:

  1. Optimam partem elegit sibi Maria

  2. quae non auferetur ab ea in aeternum.

The Communion refers back to todays Gospel. To the original text the composer here added the words in aeternum at the end. The melody was originally composed for the text Dico autem vobis of the Mass Sapientiam for the Common of many Martyrs. In the early ages it was the melody for the Communion of the feast of St. Hippolytus, who is commemorated two days before the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. It may possibly have been borrowed from the former for this Communion, once used for the feast of the Assumption. The text of the second phrase is somewhat abbreviated.

The melody is also adapted for the Communion Gloriosa dicta for the Immaculate Conception. There the motif gab egg over the third syllable of Gloriosa undergoes a slight change over magna and enlarges over qui potens est. The descent to low d over tibi, a fourth below the tonic, which is characteristic of the eighth mode, forms the antithesis to the interval g-c. This formula is well known from the psalmody of the first mode with final cadence D ad lib. Annotated manuscripts have leniter—gliding downward gently—written at this point. The high points here link elegit and aeternum. Choosing wisely the best part is the key to our eternal eternal happiness, the only true happiness. The highest good which we can choose on earth is Holy Communion, in which is contained heaven with its eternal happiness. ‘Whoever eats this bread shall live forever.’

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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