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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Catholic Rites and Churches

As a reference I thought it would be nice to list the different liturgical rites present in the Catholic Church today. There is a good outline available on EWTN. Since my interest has been peaked somewhat I may try to look at each of these rites in it's own post, probably on my other blog though.

Western Rites and Churches

ROMAN or Latin Rite

Roman: 1969 Missale Romanum

Missal of 1962 (Tridentine Mass)

Anglican Use: Anglican forms, doctrinally corrected. In use since the 1980s

Mozarabic: Rite of the Iberian peninsula; Rite of the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Toledo, Spain and six other parishes. Known from at least the 6th century.

Ambrosian: Rite of the Archdiocese of Milan, Italy

Bragan: Rite of the Archdiocese of Braga, the Primatial See of Portugal.

Dominican: Rite of the Order of Friars Preacher

Carmelite: Rite of the Order of Carmel

Carthusian: Rite of the Carthusian Order

Eastern Rites and Churches


West Syriac

Maronite: Never seperated from Rome; Maronite Patriarch of Antioch

Syriac: Returned to Rome in 1781; Syriac Patriarch of Antioch

Malankarese: Returned to Rome in 1930

East Syriac

Chaldean: Returned to Rome in 1692; Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans

Syro-Malabarese: Returned to Rome in the 16th century


Armenian: either it's own rite or and older version of the Byzantine rite; returned to Rome at the time of the Crusades; Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians


Albanian: Returned to Rome in 1628

Belarussion/Byelorussion: Returned to Rome in the 17th century

Bulgarian: Returned to Rome in 1861

Czech: Organized in 1996

Krizevci: Returned to Rome in 1611

Greek: Returned to Rome in 1829

Hungarian: Descendants of Ruthenians who returned to Rome in 1646

Italo-Albanian: Never separated from Rome

Melkite: Returned to Rome at the end of the Crusades; Melkite Greek Patriarch of Damascus

Romanian: Returned to Rome in 1697

Russian: Returned to from in 1905

Ruthenian: Returned to Rome in 1596 and 1646


Ukrainian: Returned to Rome at 1595; Patriarch or Metropolitan of Lviv


Coptic: Returned to Rome in 1741: Patriarch of Alexandria

Ethiopian/Abyssinian: Returned to Rome in 1846


Jonathan said...

Very interesting, things I have wondered but have never seen organized in one place so simply. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Chris, this is fascinating. I've always been a bit confused by the various rites. So they represent different liturgical forms but are all in doctrinal unity, right? (I ask because some outside the church might view this as different "denominations" within Catholicism.)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a very good idea, Chris. Go for it!

Chris said...

The rites display doctrinal unity. The Roman pontiff asserts his authority over the Eastern Catholic Churches through the Congregation for the Eastern Churches.

The Eastern Churches follow the Code of Canon Law for the Oriental Churches which is distinct from the Code of Canon Law used by the Latin rite churches.

One of the more noticeable differences between the Western and Eastern churches is the ordination of married men to the priesthood in the Eastern tradition. However, marriage must occur before ordination and bishops are selected from the celibate.

Generally speaking, there are also some translational differences in the Nicene Creed recited in the Eastern Churches but the doctrinal statement is not compromised.

Matthew Kelley said...

Thanks for the list!

Anonymous said...

This is great. Now I challenge you to make each a hyperlink!

Anonymous said...

Interesting to see the whole list...i link to you..perhaps you might add my blog?

God bless

Chris said...

@ irenaeus,

hyperlinks are difficult as I've found little information about some of these rites so far. However, I am planning to write as much as I can about each rite on my other blog. I'll let you know when I start posting on that.

@ mrs jackie parkes mj

Your blog is actually linked here. It is in the "friends of Catholic Converts" list in the sidebar. It's gotten sorta buried though so I'm going to move the list right under the CC blogroll.