Armenian Rite

Article

The liturgy used by the Armenian Church. It belongs to the Antiochene family. Originally, the language was Syriac, but it is now ancient Armenian. This rite is used by both Uniats (those in union with Rome) and Gregorians (those separated from Rome), and much of it is based on a translation of the Greek liturgy of Saint Basil. On Christmas Eve and Easter Eve, Mass is celebrated in the evening. The use of curtains screening off, at times, the priest from the people is noteworthy, also the Roman Preparatory prayers and the Last Gospel, both introduced through the influence of Western missionaries.

MLA Citation

  • “Armenian Rite”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 February 2017. Web. 23 September 2017. <>