• 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. 

1st January 2020, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Year A), 11 a.m.

Introit: Salve sancta Parens

Offertory: Of the Father's love begotten, V2H, p. 332

Communion: Exulta filia Sion

Pre-Recessional: Te Deum, PBC, pp. 110ff

Recessional: Bethlehem of noblest cities, V2H p. 339

Ordinary from Mass IX (Cum Jubilo), PBC pp. 55ff. [Gregorian Missal, pp. 106ff.] Credo III, PBC, pp. 77ff.

 

The short Introit antiphon has three phrases:

  1. Salve sancta Parens

  2. enixa peurpera Regem

  3. qui caelum terramque regit in saecula saeculorum

The bulk of the repertoire of proper chants for the Mass as found in today's Graduale Romanum) was in place by the end of the ninth century (AD). As new feasts and celebrations were added, new melodies were composed or, more often, adapted from existing melodies in the repertoire to produce suitable chants for the texts of the new formularies. In former days, this was one of the most well-known Introits in the repertoire, because it was sung in the Mass of the BVM on Saturday—except in Advent, when the Introit Rorate caeli replaced it—in a special votive Mass formulary permitted on Saturdays when there was no greater feast assigned. It was beloved by clergy and faithful, and it complemented the popular tradition of Saturday as a day of special devotion to Our Lady.

 

The melody of this Introit was adapted from the melody of the Epiphany Introit Ecce advenit early in the eleventh century, to be sung in various Masses in honour of the BVM. So you may want to have a look at next Sunday's Introit to better understand this one. In comparing the two melodies, you can get a taste of the mixed results from these adaptations. E. g., the melodic forms over the accented syllables Re-(gem) and (saecu)-lo-(rum) in this Introit work better than over the unaccented syllables (Do)-mi-(nus) and (impe)-ri-(um) in that of Epiphany. OTOH, the placing of the podatus with its fourth on the unaccented syllable of (sae)-cu-(la), is more effective in the Epiphany Introit where it gives prominence to the word potestas and its word-accent.

 

The Communion antiphon is taken from the 2nd Mass of Christmas (Lux fulgebit, The Mass at Dawn). It has three phrases:

  1. Exsulta filia Sion

  2. lauda filia Jerusalem

  3. ecce Rex tuus venit, sanctus et salvator mundi.

The liturgical celebration of the Octave Day of Christmas has undergone a number of identity changes through the centuries. In the decade before the current calendar [= 1960-1969], it was simply the Octave Day of Christmas, and the formulary was mostly that of the 3rd Mass of Christmas (Puer natus est, the Mass of the Day). Prior to that, it was for several centuries the feast of the Circumcision. This verse from the Prophet Zachariah harkens back to that theme, as the verse was seen from early Christian times as a prophecy of Jesus the Messiah actually being present in the Temple. Of course, the filia Sion and filia Jerusalem are often used as titles for Our Lady, whose solemnity it is in the current Roman Calendar. So the conflation of images and allusions in this one verse gives us a picture of Mary, the Theotokos, bearing her Son, who is God, into the Temple (Sion, Jerusalem) and now into our lives as Saviour. A rather classic Mode 4 formulation, ending on mi. Although often mi is a weak and incomplete note that doesn't ever quite beget a true cadence—as a couple of you have already commented to me during our practice sessions—in Mode 4 it typically speaks of the lingering contemplation we should have over the meaning of the text we have just proclaimed. We are singers, but we are also believers striving to deepen our understanding of what we sing. The climax at do over fi-(lia Jerusalem) and over (Rex tu-)us speak of the intimate connection between the holy city and the coming Messiah, and between THE daughter of Jerusalem and her royal Son.

The Octave Day of Christmas is also, at least in the Gregorian and Julian calendars, New Year's Day. It has long been a tradition to sing the Te Deum on New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day if the community does not meet on New Year's Eve. We give thanks for the blessings of the year just ended and praise God for bringing us safe to another new year. In recent years, the Holy Father himself has presided over the Vespers of New Year's Eve (= 1st Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) in St Peter's, after which the Te Deum is sung, to give a renewed prominence to this tradition.

 
 

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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