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15th Annual Downtown Way of the Cross

15th Annual Good Friday Via Crucis!

Date: Good Friday, March 30, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Location: St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church - 744 South 3rd Street
(take Chouteau East to 3rd, then go North 2 blocks).

cross 2014St. Mary of Victories and the St. Louis community of Communion and Liberation have been hosting the Good Friday Way of the Cross for fifteen years.  The tradition continues this year with the 15th annual Way of the Cross through downtown St. Louis.  We offer our prayer up for the poor and homeless of St. Louis, especially those in the Chouteau's Landing area.  

We will begin the Way of the Cross at 12:00 p.m. with mid-day prayer and readings in St. Mary's church followed by a procession from St. Mary's courtyard to the southwest entrance of the Gateway Arch Park - Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, to the Old Cathedral, then we will process silently to Kiener Plaza and back to St. Mary's via Broadway.  The 14th station will be prayed outside the St. Marys.  St. Mary of Victories will have a 3:00 passion service.  

St. Mary of Victories is located on the east side of the I-55 overpass.  It has a gated parking lot for parking and some on-street parking is available.  The Church can be difficult to locate.  Detailed directions can be found by clicking "Directions & Google Map" in the left side menu and a map of the procession route.  We have changed the route a bit with a detour to Kiener Plaza then back to St. Mary's via Broadway.



Communion and Liberation

Communion and Liberation (CL) is a Catholic lay movement.  CL synthesizes the conviction that the Christian event, lived in communion, is the foundation of the authentic liberation of man. There is no type of membership card, but only the free participation of persons. The basic instrument for the formation of adherents is weekly catechesis, called “School of Community.”  There is a CL community in St. Louis that meets bi-monthly for prayer and friendship.

Communion and Liberation was founded by Msgr. Luigi Giussani in Milan Italy while teaching high school students.  The students of Msgr. Giussani were greatly motivated by his witness to Christ's presence in their lives that they brought his message with them to college and beyond.  CL has recognition from Rome as a official Ecclesial lay movement and is present in nations throughout the world.  For info on CL in the USA go to their website:

Way of The Cross Procession Map & Details

The procession will start from St. Mary of Victories then head down Cedar to 1st Street, through the Archgrounds into downtown and back to St. Mary of Victories.

 See the below map of the procession:

Procession Map A

The 15th Annual Good Friday Way of the Cross will be held this year on April 19.  The procession starts at St. Mary of Victories Church in St. Louis t0 the Old Cathedral, then process to Kiener Plaza and back to St. Mary's via Broadway.

The event will begin and end at St Mary of Victories.  The procession will start following a reading of the Divine Office.  The first two stations will be prayed in the Church building.  From there we will process out of St. Mary's Church to the courtyard where the third station will be prayed.

The procession then leads out of the courtyard down Cedar Street to 1st Street.   It heads north to Poplar Street, turns left onto Poplar Street to the southwest entrance of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, Gateway Arch park.  It will wind through the park to the Old Cathedral.  From the Old Cathedral, we will head to Kiener Plaza.  The 14th station will be read back at St. Mary's Church.


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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