Ambrosian Rite

Also known as

  • Milanese Rite


The rite used in the Church of Milan, Italy, so called from Saint Ambrose, bishop of Milan, probably because he made a revision of it, or because its principal characteristics date from his time.

Its origin is disputed. Some consider it an old form of the Roman, others Gallican, others Antiochene. In its present form it is greatly Romanized, having the whole Roman Canon in the Mass. Some notable peculiarities are

  • a procession with the oblations of bread and wine before the Offertory
  • the litany chanted by the deacon
  • the Creed said after the Offertory

It is used in the Archdiocese of Milan, but not exclusively even in the city of Milan.