A History of Russian Christianity (Vol II) The Patriarchal by Daniel Shubin

By Daniel Shubin

From Apostle Andrew to the belief of Soviet authority in 1990, Daniel Shubin offers the full background of Christianity in Russia in a 3-volume sequence. The occasions, humans and politics that cast the earliest traditions of Russian Christianity are awarded objectively and intensively, describing the increase and dominance of the Russian Orthodox Church, the various dissenters and sectarian teams that advanced over the centuries (and their persecution), the presence of Catholicism and the inflow of Protestantism and Judaism and different minority religions into Russia. The background covers the better degrees of ecclesiastical job together with the involvement of tsars and princes, in addition to saints and serfs, and clergymen and mystics. This, the 1st quantity, bargains with the interval from Apostle Andrew to the demise of Tsar Ivan the poor, simply ahead of the election of the 1st Russian Patriarch, a interval of just about 1600 years.

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The episcopacy and clergy greeted the patriarch with three prostrations; the patriarch blessed them all. Entering Uspenski Cathedral, the patriarch stood opposite the icon of the Vladimir Theotokos and listened to the prayer on behalf of his entrance. He approached the icons and tombs of Moscovite miracle-workers and ancient prelates, displayed veneration toward them, and kissed them, and then returned to his place opposite the icon of the Vladimir Theotokos. Russian and Greek prelates approached him and performed the ceremony of the secret council, which pertained to the selection of three candidates for the patriarchate.

Job failed to publicly thank Patr. Jeremiah for his blessing that designated him as the new patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. From the tsar’s chambers the assembly walked back to Uspenski Cathedral, there to again venerate the icons. After the short service, Patr. Jer- 19 A History of Russian Christianity, Vol. II emiah returned to his residence, accompanied by a royal delegation, while Job remained at the cathedra to perform additional liturgy. After these services, Job returned to his residence, accompanied by an ecclesiastical assembly.

The decree was written on a large sheet of parchment, with its heading and the initial letters of the text in gold. Its content, however, was not in accordance with the facts; rather, it anticipated them and sought to create them. It stated that the institution of the Russian patriarchate was accomplished with the consensus of the entire Eastern Church, declaring, “According to the will of his royal highness (referring to Tsar Feodor) and in 26 The Era of the Patriarchate agreement with the counsel of the entire ecclesiastical assembly of great Russia, and the Greek kingdom, and the selection in agreement with Patr.

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