Antiochene Rite


The family of rites originally used throughout the Patriarchate of Antioch. The oldest form, the pure Antiochene, is marked by the absence of saints’ names and Pater Noster. This form was displaced at an early date by a rite derived from it, that of Jerusalem, called the Liturgy of Saint James. In the main the latter is the same as the former, with some modifications. The Liturgy of Saint James became the rite of the whole patriarchate, i.e., all western Syria. In its oldest form, the Liturgy of Saint James is Greek, but was translated into Syriac. The Greek Saint James is now used but twice a year by the Orthodox. The Syriac version is used by the Jacobites in Syria and Palestine, and by the Syrian Uniats.

MLA Citation

  • “Antiochene Rite”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 October 2010. Web. 27 October 2021. <>