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About Saints Philip & James Catholic Church

& University Parish

James Cardinalalt Gibbons laid the cornerstone of the first home of Saints Philip & James on September 5, 1897. The present church building was dedicated on June 15, 1930. This grand and imposing structure incorporates the finest features of the Greco-Roman and Byzantine styles it represents. It is considered to be the preeminent accomplishment of the much-acclaimed Baltimore architect, Theodore Wells Pietsch. The interior walls of the church also display the gound-breaking work of John J. Early, who pioneered the use of marble chips in concrete, and represent the first use of this process in Baltimore. After more than a century of faith and service, Saints Philip & James continues to be a beacon of hope to its community and one of the most beautiful and architecturally significant churches in Baltimore.

What do the inscriptions on the Church mean? 

Above the front and side porticos of Saints Philip and James Church you will find Latin inscriptions in stone.  This follows an ancient custom of decorating monumental buildings as "books in stone" and clearly distinguishing the use for which the structure has been dedicated.  Below are the inscriptions under which all who worship at Philip and James Church must pass:

West Portico (Main Entrance)

"INTER SANCTOS SORS ILLORUM EST"

"THEIR LOT IS AMONG THE SAINTS"  (Wisdom 5:5)

 

North Portico

"DOMUS DEI DOMUS ORATIONIS"

"THE HOUSE OF GOD IS THE HOUSE OF PRAYER" (Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13)

 

South Portico

"DOMUM DEI DECET SANCTITUDO"

"HOLINESS BEFITS THE HOUSE OF GOD" (Psalms 93:5)

 

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Parish Calendar

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Coming Soon

Sun Dec 21, 2014 @ 7:30AM - 08:30AM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
Silent Morning Mass
Sun Dec 21, 2014 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
Sun Dec 21, 2014 @10:00AM - 10:30AM
Rosary

Sun Dec 21, 2014 @11:00AM - 12:15PM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
11 AM is the Traditional Sunday High Mass with Organ (and Choir during the academic year).
Sun Dec 21, 2014 @ 5:00PM - 06:00PM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
5 PM is the Contemporary Music Sunday Mass.
Mon Dec 22, 2014 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of the main church.
Tue Dec 23, 2014 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of the main church.
Tue Dec 23, 2014 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Men's Group Meeting

Wed Dec 24, 2014 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of the main church.
Wed Dec 24, 2014 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
Christmas Eve Children's Mass

Wed Dec 24, 2014 @11:30PM -
CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS

Pre-Mass Choir Concert 11:30 p.m. with Traditional Midnight Mass
Thu Dec 25, 2014 @11:00AM - 12:15PM
CHRISTMAS DAY MASS

Fri Dec 26, 2014 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of the main church.
Sat Dec 27, 2014 @ 8:00AM - 08:30AM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of main church.
Sat Dec 27, 2014 @ 3:00PM - 03:45PM
Confessions
In Main Church
Sat Dec 27, 2014 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
Sunday Vigil Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
Sun Dec 28, 2014 @ 7:30AM - 08:30AM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
Silent Morning Mass
Sun Dec 28, 2014 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
Sun Dec 28, 2014 @10:00AM - 10:30AM
Rosary

Sun Dec 28, 2014 @11:00AM - 12:15PM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
11 AM is the Traditional Sunday High Mass with Organ (and Choir during the academic year).