Alexandrine Rite

One of the great parent rites of the East, used throughout the original Patriarchate of Alexandria, Egypt. One of its earliest peculiarities is the invocation of the Word of God and not the Holy Ghost after the words of Institution, or Consecration. It has three forms: the Greek Liturgy of Saint Mark, no longer used; the three liturgies used by the Copts; and the uses of the Abyssinian Church (Ethiopic). The chief characteristics of this rite are the placing of the Great Intercession, with diptychs and memory of the saints, before the Sanctus, and the absence of the Benedictus at the end of the Sanctus.