Gallican Rite


The rite which prevailed in Gaul from about the 4th to the 8th century. It must not be considered as a general uniform rite, but a variety of uses built around a common outline. Its origin is disputed. Some hold it to be of Roman descent, others Eastern, others a local development of the original common rite brought by the first missionaries. Some differences from the Roman Rite are to be found in the arrangement of the liturgical year. In the Mass the catechumens were dismissed before the Offertory. The bread and wine for the sacrifice were brought in amidst great ceremony. The prayers of nearly the entire Mass were variable according to the day. The liturgies used at Milan and Toledo today are generally believed to be Romanized survivals of the Gallican Rite.

MLA Citation

  • “Gallican Rite”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 August 2010. Web. 20 September 2020. <>