Russia, Ritual, and Reform: The Liturgical Reforms of Nikon in the 17th Century

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Historians have generally accepted the "official" interpretation of the reform of the liturgical books conducted in Muscovite Russia in the mid-17th century as a "correction" made on the basis of ancient Greek and Slavic sources. In fact, the reform was based exclusively on contemporary sources, chiefly the 1602 Venice Euchologion (Greek) and 17th century South-Slavic editions from Kiev and Striatin. Far from being a "return to the sources," or a "correction," the reform consisted simply in the uncritical ...
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Overview

Historians have generally accepted the "official" interpretation of the reform of the liturgical books conducted in Muscovite Russia in the mid-17th century as a "correction" made on the basis of ancient Greek and Slavic sources. In fact, the reform was based exclusively on contemporary sources, chiefly the 1602 Venice Euchologion (Greek) and 17th century South-Slavic editions from Kiev and Striatin. Far from being a "return to the sources," or a "correction," the reform consisted simply in the uncritical transposition of contemporary Greek practice onto Russian soil. Part One of Russia, Ritual and Reform is an historical overview of the events and of the chief personages involved in the reform: Patriarch Nikon, Tsar Alexis, Arsenios the Greek, and Epifanii Slavinetskii. We see that the reform was initiated not by Nikon, but by the tsar, and that aligning Russian practice with Greek was part of a grand design to make Moscow the "Third Rome," the new capital of the Orthodox world. Nikon, an able administrator and close friend of the tsar, was selected as the new patriarch to see the program through. Part Two contains an analysis of the content of the reform, consisting of a comparative study of the pre- and post-Nikonian editions of the Sluzhebnik (Euchologion). Particular attention is focused on the text and rubrics of the Byzantine Liturgy of John Chrysostom, which underwent the most significant changes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780881410907
  • Publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9
Abbreviations 11
List of Liturgical Editions Consulted 13
Selected Bibliography 15
A Note on Style 25
Introduction 27
Part I The Events and Personages of the Reform
1 The Events of the Reform 37
1. The Official Account 37
2. The First Steps: Prostrations and Sign of the Cross 39
3. The Council of 1654 42
4. Patriarch Makarios of Antioch in Moscow 47
5. The 1655 Council and the New Sluzhebnik 52
6. The Reply from Constantinople 55
7. The Battle Continues 59
8. Can Schism Be Avoided? 63
9. The Councils of 1666-1667 66
2 The Personages of the Reform 81
1. Nikon 81
2. Tsar Alexis 93
3. Arsenios the Greek 101
4. Epifanii Slavinetskii 108
Part II The Contents of the Reform
Introduction 127
3 Preparatory Rites, Enarxis, Liturgy of the Word 133
1. Preliminary Prayers and Vesting 133
2. Prothesis 138
3. The Enarxis 150
4. The Liturgy Of The Word 156
4 The Liturgy Of The Eucharist 169
1. The Great Entrance 169
2. The Dialogue after the Entrance 174
3. The Kiss of Peace and the Creed 177
4. The Anaphora 180
5. Communion Rites 194
6. Dismissal 205
Excursus: The Later Nikonian Editions 213
1. The 1656 Edition 213
2. The 1657 and 1658 Editions 215
3. Conclusion 216
Conclusion 219
Index 229
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