Orthodox Church of the Gauls

From OrthodoxWiki
Revision as of 01:59, February 26, 2007 by Fr Lev (talk | contribs)
Jump to: navigation, search
This article forms part
of the series on the

Western Rite
Rule of St. Benedict
Nineteenth Century
Twentieth Century
Liturgy of St. Gregory
Liturgy of St. Tikhon
Liturgy of St. Germanus
Sarum Rite
Gallican Rite
Stowe Missal
Service Books
Antiochian Western Rite Vicariate
Society of St. Basil
Orthodox Church of France
Saint Petroc
Holy Name Abbey (Old Calendarist)
Edit this box

The Orthodox Church of the Gauls (l'Eglise Orthodoxe des Gaules) was formed on December 17, 2006 with the consecration of Father Michel Mendez, Abbot of the St Michael's Monastery at Bois-Aubry, as Bishop Gregory (Grégoire).


File:Mgr gregoire janv 07 1.jpg
Bp. Gregory (Mendez)

The contemporary origins of the jurisdiction stem largely from two French religious communities that were originally part of the Orthodox Church of France: St Michael's Monastery at Bois-Aubry, Touraine, a monastic community following the Rule of St Benedict of Nursia; and Bethany, a lay community for hesychastic spirituality at Gorze, led by Father Alphonse and Rachel Goettmann. After leaving the Orthodox Church of France, the two communities came under the jurisdiction of the Church of Alexandria (Coptic) on the condition that they would be allowed to continue the use of the Divine Liturgy according to St Germanus of Paris and the Daily Office (Hours) of the ancient Western Church. When it became clear that their use of the Gallican rite would no longer be permitted, the communities, joined by some other clergy and laity, formed the Orthodox Church of the Gauls and elected Abbot Michel bishop.

External Links