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'''Alexis van der Mensbrugghe''' (1899-1980) was a [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]] [[Rule of St. Benedict|Benedictine]] [[monk]] [[conversion|convert]] to Orthodox Christianity who worked to establish a Gallican liturgical rite as an [[archbishop]] in of the [[Church of Russia]].{{stub}}
==Life==
Originally from Belgium, he Archbishop Alexis van der Mensbrugghe was born in Belgium in 1899. He became a Roman Catholic [[Rule of St. Benedict|Benedictine]] [[monk]] in the a [[monastery]] at Amay-sur-Met. At his reposeIn April 1929, he was living received into the Orthodox Church by Metr. [[Eulogius (Georgievsky) of Paris|Eulogius of Paris]]. When the Western Church's [[St. Denys Theological Institute (Paris, France)|St Denys Theological Institute]] opened in Germany 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 [[Jean-Nectaire (Kovalevsky) of Saint-Denis|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 of Paris|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.
==Writings==
*''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)
 
==See also==
*[[Orthodox Church of France]]
*[[Western Rite in the Twentieth Century]]
==Sources==
*W. Jardine Grisbrooke, “Obituaries: Archbishop Alexis van der Mensbrugghe” in ''Sobornost'' 4.2 (1981), 212-216.
*[[Wikipedia:Western Orthodox Church]]
*[http://www.allmercifulsavior.com/Liturgy/Abramtsov.html A Brief History of Western Orthodoxy]
 
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[[Category:20th-century bishops]]
[[Category:Western Rite]]
[[Category:Converts to Orthodox Christianity from Roman Catholicism|Van der Mensbrugghe]]
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