Oratory of Ss. Gregory & Augustine


Raymond Cardinal Leo Burke visits the Oratory of Ss. Gregory and Augustine to celebrate Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a Reception. As Archbishop of St Louis, Cardinal Burke canonically established the Oratory on the first Sunday of Adve

The worship of God is the highest priority of the Oratory of Ss. Gregory and Augustine. We strive to make our celebration of Holy Mass as dignified and reverent as our limited circumstances allow, in obedient fidelity to the 1962 Liturgical books. Although we are not at a point where we can have a fully sung solemn celebration of Holy Mass every Sunday, we hope that day is not far off. We have been able to celebrate Solemn High Mass on the great feasts of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. At Sung Mass, the faithful are encouraged to join in the singing of the Ordinary of the Mass and to make the responses with the Schola Cantorum.

At Low Masses, our custom at the Oratory is to celebrate the Dialogue Mass, in which the faithful make the responses together with the servers. In this way we seek to revive the aspirations of the mid-twentieth century Liturgical Movement as the Fathers of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council knew it. That Council taught that Holy Mass is “the source for achieving in the most effective way possible human sanctification and God’s glorification, the end to which all the Church’s other activities are directed”, thus the “full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered above all else” We seek to foster this goal according to the mind of Holy Church and in particular the teaching of Pope Benedict XVI, who pointed out that liturgical participation in the sacred rites happens on many levels and should never be one-sidedly reduced either to complete passivity or to noisy activism.

Active Participation

The faithful assemble to draw that spirit from its primary
and indispensable source, that is, from active participation in the sacred
mysteries and in the public and solemn prayer of the Church.

— His Holiness, Pope Pius X, Tra le solicitudini, 1903.