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By Daniel Shubin

From Apostle Andrew to the realization of Soviet authority in 1990, Daniel Shubin offers the full historical past of Christianity in Russia in a 3-volume sequence. The occasions, humans and politics that cast the earliest traditions of Russian Christianity are provided 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 background 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, offers with the interval from Apostle Andrew to the dying of Tsar Ivan the negative, simply sooner than the election of the 1st Russian Patriarch, a interval of just about 1600 years.

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The second part of ordination, the most essential, was to occur after the lesser entrance. After the third recital of “Holy, Holy, Holy,” Job was led from the chambers, and through the Royal Doors in the center of the iconostasis, and brought to the altar. Jeremiah issued an order for Job to be led near the throne-table, while the choir sang the song of the Holy Martyrs, just as would occur for any candidate for a holy order. The patriarch and all the assembled prelates laid their hands on Job and consecrated him.

Then the tsar ascended the scaffold to his seat in the center, and invited the patriarch to sit at his right. Prelates and other clergy were asked to leave the area of the altar and to sit in order of rank, according to the customary manner, on the benches which were placed on each side of the scaffold. A delegation brought Metr. Job into the area in front of the eagle. Job, having bowed at the waist to the tsar and patriarch, read the confession of faith — probably the Nicene Creed — and oath of office, practically identical to the one he had read when he was ordained as metropolitan.

After liturgy, when crowds began to gather for another procession, the bells of all the churches began ringing and they continued to do so throughout the procession, and through the events of the day. On the morning of February 21, the procession headed toward NovoDevichi Convent. Consisting not only of the parishioners gathered at the churches, but now prelates and priests joined them, carrying the most holy of icons from their respective churches and all wearing white vestments. Coincidentally, February 21 was the holiday of the Immaculate Virgin, and Patr.

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