Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: GALLICAN RITE, 11-08-13
Posted on 11/08/2013 7:48:51 AM PST by Salvation
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A ritual that prevailed from the fourth to the eighth centuries in Gaul. Its origin is disputed, but the ritual was most likely introduced by the first missionaries. It differed from the Roman Rite in the arrangement of the liturgical year, the elaborate ceremonial in the offering of the bread and wine, and in the fact that all Mass prayers were variable daily. Some liturgies today at Milan and Toledo bear resemblance to the Gallican rites.
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Another doctrine being called a word.
I remember the Latin Mass. Who doesn't? What doesn't change is the Transubstantiation. That was the crux of the Last Supper, and therefore, the Mass, and that is all that counts.
The Vicar of Christ has the authority to tweak the rites, so who cares beyond a few purists?
Really? What heresy was rampant in Gaul, a large section of the Patriachate of Rome, in the fourth through eighth centuries, and why didn't the Popes of Rome deal with it, or have their legates raise the issue at one of the Ecumenical Councils held during that time?
You maybe confusing the Gallican Rite with Gallicanism, which is indeed a heresy.
This is a good explanation of your "heresy" question.
The Church was in its very early stages.
It took years for information to disseminate throughout the empire and church. I can even imagine that SOME information never did get to some places.
Here is a good explanation of your second question.
Nothing of the sort. Wiki articles rehearsing history I know quite well do not provide any enlightenment on the claim that the Gallican rite is heretical. And that for the simple reason that Gaul was *not* in the grip of any heresy throughout that period (leaving aside the spread of the filioque from Visgothic Spain, which Salvation would not regard as a heresy, though I as an Orthodox Christian do). My question was rhetorical, with the implied answer that there wasn’t any and that the Gallican Rite is not heretical from either a Latin point of view or an Orthodox point of view (provided the Creed is said in its original form without the filoque, as is done in those Western Rite ROCOR parishes which use the Gallican Rite).
It seems likely that the assertion was based on a mistaken belief that the Gallican rite was somehow associated with the 17th century position called “Gallicanism” that the state and local custom imposed limits on papal authority.
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