Slovak Cathedral of the Transfiguration

 
 

About
Catholic Rites

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A Rite represents an ecclesiastical, or church, tradition about how the sacraments are to be celebrated. Each of the sacraments has at its core an essential nature which must be satisfied for the sacrament to be confected or realized. This essence - of matter, form and intention - derives from the divinely revealed nature of the particular sacrament. It cannot be changed by the Church.


There are three major groupings of Rites based on this initial transmission of the faith, the Roman, the Antiochian (Syria) and the Alexandrian (Egypt). Later on the Byzantine derived as a major Rite from the Antiochian, under the influence of St. Basil and St. John Chrysostom. From these four derive the over 20 liturgical Rites present in the Church today.
 


WESTERN RITES AND CHURCHES

I. ROMAN (also called Latin)
Roman
Mozarabic (Spain and Portugal)
Ambrosian (Milan, Italy)
Bragan
Dominican
Carmelite
Carthusian


EASTERN RITES AND CHURCHES

I. ANTIOCHIAN

- WEST SYRIAC
Maronite
Syriac
Malankarese

- EAST SYRIAC
Chaldean
Syro-Malabarese

II. BYZANTINE

 - ARMENIAN
Armenian

 - BYZANTINE
Albanian
Belarussian/Byelorussian
Bulgarian
Czech
Krizevci
Greek
Hungarian
Italo-Albanian
Melkite
Romanian
Russian
Ruthenian
Slovak - Byzantine Rite Catholics of Slovak origin numbering 225,000 and found in Slovakia and Canada.
Ukrainian


III. ALEXANDRIAN

Coptic
Ethiopian/Abyssinian

source: EWTN