Friday, April 26, 2024

Delegate of the Gallican Rite Appointed in France

Mons. Hugo-Marie
M. Derosiers

MAYENNE 26 April 2024 (NRom)

In a move that underscores the deep reverence for tradition, His Excellency Archbishop Alejandro Paolo, Archbishop of Lyon and Primate of the Catholic Church of the Gallican Rite, appointed Monsignor Hugo-Marie as the Delegate of the Primate in France. This significant appointment, made on 25 April 2024, the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist, marks a pivotal moment in the Church's history, highlighting the ongoing commitment to the Gallican Rite, one of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church's principal rites with a rich and diverse heritage. 

The appointment of Monsignor Hugo-Marie by Archbishop Alejandro Paolo received confirmation from Sire Rubén, head of the Royal Merovingian Dynasty, and from the Bishop of Rome-Ruthenia. This double-confirmation underscores the unique position of the Gallican Rite within the Church, weaving together ecclesiastical authority of the Archbishop of Lyon with the temporal protection of the Royal Merovingian Dynasty. The co-involvement of these distinct yet interconnected authorities highlights the Gallican Rite's historical and contemporary significance.

Mons. Hugo-Marie, based at the Chapel of the Holy Family and St. Louis in the region of Mayenne, France, now assumes a role of great importance. His primary responsibility as the Delegate of the Primate in France involves not only administrative duties but also, and perhaps more importantly, the preservation and promotion of the ancient Gallican liturgy directly within the French territory. This liturgy, characterized by its ancient roots and eastern influences, represents a vital link to the Church's past and a beacon for its future.

Although the ancient Gallican liturgy is a Western liturgy, its origins and practices maintain a significant Eastern influence. This unique blend of traditions is a reminder of the universality of the Christian faith, transcending geographical and cultural boundaries. The liturgy itself was founded by two Syriac-Greek bishops of Jerusalem and Antioch, who brought with them the rich traditions of Eastern Christianity, infusing the Gallican Rite with distinctive liturgical practices and theological insights. 

The appointment of Mons. Hugo-Marie as the Delegate of the Primate in France is more than a mere administrative change; it is a reaffirmation of the Church's dedication to its liturgical heritage and a statement of its commitment to preserving the rich traditions and heritage of the Gallican Rite. As the Church looks to the future, the role of Mons. Hugo-Marie will be crucial in ensuring that the ancient liturgy of the Gallican Rite continues to enrich the spiritual lives of the faithful and serves as a living link to the Church's storied past. As the Gallican Rite moves forward, it carries with it the legacy of its Eastern founders, the protection of the Royal Merovingian Dynasty, the spiritual unity of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church, and the hopes of countless faithful who find solace and strength in its ancient practices.