Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. THe West Syrian Rite is the rite used by certain Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Rite Catholic churches. IT is in its origin simply the old rite of Antioch in the Syriac language. INto this framework the Oriental Orthodox have fitted a great number of other anaphoras, so that now their liturgy has more variant forms than any other. THe Maronite Rite is a Romanized adaptation of that of the West Syrians. THe oldest known form of the Antiochene Rite is in Greek which is apparently its original language. THe many Greek terms that remain in the Syriac form show that this is derived from Greek. THe version must have been made very early, evidently before the schism occasioned by the Council of Chalcedon, before the influence of Constantinople had begun. NO doubt as soon as Christian communities arose in the rural areas of Roman Syria, the prayers which in the cities (Antioch, Jerusalem, etc.) were said in Greek, were, as a matter of course, translated into the peasants'' language (Syriac) for their use.