A History of Russian Christianity (Vol III) The Synodal Era by Daniel H. Shubin

By Daniel H. Shubin

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

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After Arseni’s recovery from his journey and beating, he was given food and clothing and a lamp during the night. Empress Catherine had allotted the fortress ten kopeks a day from the imperial treasury for Arseni’s subsistence, and reports were delivered to the Empress on a regular basis regarding the conduct and health of Arseni. Somehow, Arseni was able to continue communication with the outside world. Local residents — Germans and Estonians — heard about the martyr without a name and supplied him with provisions: wood, water and clothes, by placing them in a basket and somehow with a rope reaching the small window of his cell in the wall of the tower.

Witnesses related that as Arseni was passing through Rostov — his diocesan capital — church bells began to ring on their own in the middle of the night, and those attending Vespers saw a light suddenly shine in church with a vision of Arseni blessing the assembly. Arriving on January 8, 1768 in Revel, on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, Arseni was taken to Vishgorod fortress and secured in a cell in one of the towers. The other residents and officials at the monastery did not know his real identity.

For this reason, henceforth for the preservation of my loyal subjects from Metr. Arseni, whom you have acknowledged as a criminal, I deliver him to the Holy Synod for justice to be served through judicial means. Receiving the expected response from Empress Catherine, the Holy Synod ordered the arrest of Arseni and his transfer to Moscow. While the Holy Synod was deliberating and the Empress was responding, Arseni wrote a second denunciation and concluded it with a request for retirement or else resignation from his cathedra.

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