By Daniel H. Shubin
From Apostle Andrew to the belief of Soviet authority in 1990, Daniel Shubin offers the total background of Christianity in Russia in a 3-volume sequence. The occasions, humans and politics that solid the earliest traditions of Russian Christianity are provided 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 heritage 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, offers with the interval from Apostle Andrew to the loss of life of Tsar Ivan the bad, simply ahead of the election of the 1st Russian Patriarch, a interval of virtually 1600 years.
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In this way did Arseni continue his denunciation of the imperial affairs of Empress Catherine, which news migrated from the monastery into her palace in St. Petersburg. As his reputation as a martyr grew, a tragedy in Moscow was attributed to this injustice: the dome roof of the Cathedral of the Three Saints in the Kremlin collapsed on June 4, 1763, two months after Arseni was tried. This edifice stood next to the Granite Chamber where Arseni had been defrocked and sentenced. As a result, a martyrdom cult developed around Arseni.
The bishop of the Vetka community was Epifanie. He was initially a hieromonk of the ROC in Kiev but was arrested for embezzlement, and fled to Yassi, Walachia (Iasi, Romania). While there, he was able to acquire ordination as a bishop by Metr. Giorgi of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. He returned to Russia in 1725, and was immediately arrested and exiled to Solovetski Monastery. Epifanie was able to escape from exile and made his way to Vetka, where he was accepted as their bishop. They recognized in him the valid authority to ordain Old Believer priests.
III 122. THE SECULARIZATION OF ECCLESIASTICAL PATRIMONY The secularization of ecclesiastical patrimony had its beginning with the reestablishment of the Monastery Ordinance by Peter the Great in 1701, but little land was actually appropriated by the imperial government. The effort subsided after Tsar Peter’s death and through the reigns of Empresses Anne and Elizabeth. Under the pressure of Empress Catherine II, her husband Tsar Peter III issued an edict on March 21, 1762, for the secularization of all ecclesiastical patrimony and its transfer to the Economic College of the Imperial Senate, which had replaced the Monastery Ordinance.
A History of Russian Christianity (Vol III) The Synodal Era and the Sectarians 1725 to 1894 by Daniel H. Shubin