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:В края на Деветнадесети век единственият православен епископ в Северна америка, впоследствие руски патриарх, [[Тихон Московски|Тихон (Белавин)]] започнал преговори с група Епископални християни, които желаели да продължат употребата на американския ''Общ молитвеник'', вместо [[Византийския обряд]]. Епископ Тихон се обърнал към Московския Свети синод, като комисия от богослови била определена да извърши подробно изследване и преработка на Общия молитвеник, за да бъде одобрен за новообърналите се (докладът бил отпечатан в ''Списанието на Санктпетербургската Духовна академия'', резюме на английски в ''The Russian American Messenger'', критика от двама англикански учени излязла като ''Трактат ХІІ'' на Алкунския клуб, а пълна версия в бележки излязла в списание ''Православен католически преглед'', издание на Антиохийската Северноамериканска архиепископия).
:Митрополит [[Герасим (Месера) Бейрутски]]
received a Western Rite movement in England before World War I, and Metropolitan [[ Germanos ( Shehadi) of Zahle|Germanos (Shehadi)]], while resident in the United States, engaged in negotiations to receive a [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]] movement in Mexico in the 1920s. Neither of these projects resulted in a continuing community. They are noticed here to demonstrate that an Orthodox Western Rite is not a recent project.
Our present Western Rite Vicariate began with the return of a few parishes of converts that had dropped out of our diocese in the difficult days after World War I. It was approved by the late Patriarch Alexander and was finally received in the early 1950s. There are presently some twenty centers. There are no invented services: the parishes use either the form approved for Overbeck or for Patriarch Tikhon, now a saint of the Church.[http://www.westernorthodox.com/twain]
Creation of the Vicariate=== On [[May 31 ]], 1958 , Patriarch [[ Alexander III ( Tahan) of Antioch]], in consultation with the heads of the other [[autocephaly|autocephalous]] Orthodox churches, authorized His Eminence Metropolitan [[Antony ( Bashir) of New York]] to establish the Western Rite in the [[ Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]]. In August of that year, Metropolitan Antony issued his edict establishing the Western Rite Vicariate in the archdiocese.
The late Metropolitan Antony ( Bashir) of the Syrian Antiochian Archdiocese, was approached by leaders and individuals of various bodies. He always made it his policy to thoroughly investigate such seekers of unity with the Church, and has had occasion to refuse several. At the same time, however, in desiring to extend and implement Orthodoxy’s mission in America, Metropolitan Antony realized that there were also those outside of communion with the Church who were sincerely seeking the truth, who were desirous of becoming engrafted to the vine of Christ. After considerable meditation of the problem and taking into consideration the action of the Church elsewhere in the world, namely France, he came to the conclusion that the use of a Western rite in America could be of importance in facilitating the return to the Church of separated Western Christians in America. He turned for guidance to the late Patriarch Alexander III of Antioch who, in May, 1958, after consultation with the other Autocephalous Churches, gave an affirmative reply. Forwarding to the Metropolitan an Arabic translation of the famous 1936 Ukase of the Moscow Patriarchate, the Patriarch of Antioch authorized Metropolitan Antony to "take the same action, leaving to your Orthodox zeal and good judgment the right to work out the details in the local situations. "[http://www.westernorthodox.com/anthony]
The Vicariate today=== Since its founding in 1958, the Western Rite Vicariate has nearly doubled in size and now consists of a rapidly growing dimension of the Church's mission in America [ http://www.stcolumbachurch.org/aboutorthodox.cfm], including 16 [[parish]]es and 7 missions. Because of his association with the founding of the [[Western Rite]] in America, the Vicariate holds St. [[Tikhon of Moscow]] as its [[patron saint]].
Commission== The Western Rite Commission of the Antiochian Archdiocese consists of:
Right Reverend Bishop Basil, Archepiscopal Vicar* The Very Rev. Fr. Paul W. S. Schneirla, Vicar-General* The Very Rev. Fr. Edward W. Hughes* The Rev. Fr. George Morelli
External links==*[http://www.antiochian.org/Western-Rite/ Western Rite Vicariate] ( Archdiocese site)*[http://anglicanhistory.org/alcuin/tract12.html/ Tract 12 from the Alcuin Club]=== Articles===*[http://www.westernorthodox.com/anthony On the Western Rite Edict of Metropolitan Anthony ( Bashir)] , by Fr. David Abramstov ( also includes an excerpt from the report of Metropolitan Antony to the 1958 Archdiocesan Convention)*[http://www.westernorthodox.com/twain The Twain Meet] , by Fr. Paul W.S. Schneirla*[http://www.saintpeterorthodox.org/luxocc.htm Lux Occidentalis: The Orthodox Western Rite and the Liturgical Tradition of Western Orthodox Christianity] by the Rev’d John Charles Connely, M.A.
St. Michael Church], Whitter, CA*[http://www.westernorthodox.com/stmark St. Mark Church], Denver, CO*[http://www.stcolumbachurch.org/ St. Columba Church], Lafayette, CO*[http://www.stgregoryoc.org/ St. Gregory the Great Church], Falls Church, VA*[http://www.stmichaeloc.org/ St. Michael the Archangel Mission], Wichita, KS*[http://www.stvincentchurch.org/ St. Vincent of Lerins Church], Omaha, NE*[http://www.saintpeterorthodox.org/ St. Peter Church], Ft. Worth, TX*[http://www.antiochian.org/OurLadyOfWalsingham Our Lady of Walsingham Church], Mesquite, TX<!-- *[http://www.holyapostleschurch.org/ Holy Apostles Orthodox Chapel], Tyler, TX ( This link is not associated with this chapel.)--->*[http://www.st-benedict.org/ St. Benedict of Nursia Church], Wichita Falls, TX*[http://www.spokaneorthodox.com/ St. Nicholas Church], Spokane, WA*[http://www.westernorthodox.ca/ Our Lady of Walsingham Oratory], Toronto, ON - Canada*[http://www.standreworthodox.info/ St. Andrew the First Called Church], Oklahoma City, OK