Alexis van der Mensbrugghe

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Alexis van der Mensbrugghe was a Roman Catholic Benedictine monk convert to Orthodox Christianity who worked to establish a Gallican liturgical rite as an archbishop of the Church of Russia.


Archbishop Alexis van der Mensbrugghe was born in Belgium in 1899. He became a Roman Catholic Benedictine monk in a monastery at Amay-sur-Met. In April 1929, he was received into the Orthodox Church by Metr. Eulogius of Paris. When the Western Church's St Denys Theological Institute opened in Paris, Archim. Alexis occupied the chair of Patristic Theology and Ancient Liturgies while he remained in the Eastern rite.

Archim. Alexis became associated with the group led by Evgraph Kovalevsky under the Church of Russia that was working to restore a Gallican liturgical usage based on correspondence of the sixth century Bishop of Paris St. Germanus. The rite became known as the Divine Liturgy according to St Germanus of Paris

Archim. Alexis was consecrated a bishop of the Church of Russia's episcopate on November 1, 1960, with the title of Bishop Meudon, auxiliary bishop of the then West European Exarchate, while he continued his Western Rite work under the auspices of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Archbishop Alexis reposed in 1980.


  • From Dyad to triad: A Plea for Duality Against Dualism and an Essay Towards the Synthesis of Orthodoxy (London, 1935)
  • La liturgie orthodoxe de rit occidental: Essai de restauration (Paris, 1948)
  • L'Expositio missæ Gallicanæ, est-elle de Saint Germain de Paris, d. 576? (Paris, 1959)
  • Missel orthodoxe de rit occidentale Gallican et Italique (Paris, 1962)

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