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Divine Liturgy according to St. Germanus of Paris

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[[Image:Saint germainArch jean st irenee.jpg|thumb|300px|St Germanus [[John Maximovitch|John of Shanghai]] celebrating the restored Gallican liturgy in Paris, 496-576]]
'''''La divine liturgie selon Saint Germain de Paris''''', or the '''Divine Liturgy according to St Germanus of Paris''', is the principal [[liturgy]] of the [[Orthodox Church of France]] and of the [[Orthodox Church of the Gauls]].
==History of the liturgy's restoration==
Prior to its restoration by the French Church, the Gallican liturgy had been reconstructed by Father Pierre Lebrun of the Oratory (1661-1729), Father Vladimir Guettée (1816-1892), and the Abbbé Louis Marie Olivier Duchesne (1843-1922). After the formation of the [[Orthodox Church of France]] in 1936, the [[priest]] [[Jean-Nectaire (Kovalevsky) of Saint-Denis|Evgraph Kovalevsky]], later [[Bishop]] [[Jean-Nectaire (Kovalevsky) of Saint-Denis|Jean of Saint-Denis]], set about restoring the Gallican rite for use by the French Church. The principal documents he used that had been unavailable to his predecessors were two letters ascribed to St [[Germanus of Paris]] (496-576) that describe the liturgy in sixth-century Paris. Kovalevsky drew on the writings of numerous Gallican [[saint]]s of the same era that provide information on Gallican liturgical practice, as well as extant missals, sacramentaries, lectionaries, and antiphonaries. The restored liturgy has gone through several editions (1956, 1968, 1973, 1975, and 1998). Some Orthodox outside of the French Church circulated rumors that the liturgy was simply a product of Kovalevsky's imagination. In response to this, [[Archbishop]] [[John Maximovitch]] chaired a special liturgical commission that studied the liturgy word by word, comparing it to the original sources. The 1961 report of the commission declared the liturgy to be authentic. It was approved for use by the [[Church of Russia]], the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]], the [[Church of Romania]], and the [[Church of Serbia]].
[[Image:Arch jean st irenee.jpg|thumb|St [[John Maximovitch|John of Shanghai]] celebrating the restored Gallican liturgy in Paris]]
==Present use==
In addition to the [[parish]]es of the Orthodox Church of France, of the Orthodox Church of the Gauls, and the French Orthodox Church, the Liturgy of St Germanus is also used by a number of parishes that were formerly with the French Church but which are now part of the Church of Romania and the [[Church of Alexandria (Coptic)]], and some which are in dialogue with the [[Church of Serbia]].
In 2010, the Gallican Rite priest and author Fr. Allyne Smith was received into the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]], with Metropolitan Hilarion blessing the continued use of the Gallican Rite at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Des Moines, Iowa.
==Structure of the ordinary==

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