Divine Liturgy according to St. Germanus of Paris

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La liturgie divine 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.

St Germanus of Paris, 496-576

History of the Liturgy's Restoration

Present Use

In addition to the parishes of the Orthodox Church of France, 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 dolague with the Church of Serbia.

Structure of the Ordinary

The following is the order of the Gallican liturgy as it was restored in the twentieth century by the Orthodox Church of France. Unlike the Roman and Milanese rites, the Gallican does not have a fixed anaphora, but instead uses variable texts before and after the institution narrative.

  • Preparation of the Offerings
  • Prælegendum (entrance psalm)
  • Call for silence and greeting
  • Aius (Trisagion) in Greek, Latin, and the vernacular)
  • Kyrie (single)
  • Benedictus
  • Reading from the Old Testament
  • Gradual
  • Epistle
  • Canticle from Daniel
  • Alleluia
  • Thrice-Holy before the Gospel
  • Gospel
  • Sanctus after the Gospel
  • Homily
  • Litany of St Martin
  • Collect after the Preces
  • Dismissal of the catechumens
  • Offertory
  • Preface to the faithful and collect
  • Diptychs and Collect after the Names
  • Exchange of the Peace and collect
  • Anaphora: variable Immolatio, variable Vere Sanctus, institution narrative, variable post mysterium
  • Breaking of the Bread
  • Lord's Prayer
  • Blessing
  • Communion
  • Trecanum (post-communion hymn of thanksgiving to the Trinity)
  • Postcommunion collect
  • Dismissal

The Question of Compenetration


  • La liturgie divine selon Saint Germain de Paris (Paris, 1998)
  • Monseigneur Jean (Kovalevsky) of Saint-Denis, Le canon eucharistique de l'ancien rite des Gaules