Jump to navigation Jump to search

Old Believers

2,010 bytes removed, 23:24, 21 May 2009
cleaning up article
{{Infobox_Contents |
topic_name = The Old Believers of the Russian Orthodox Church
[[Image:Boyarynja Morozova.jpg|thumb|center|Detail of the painting ''Boyarynya Morozova'' by Vasily Surikov depicting a defiant Old Believer arrested by Tsarist authorities in 1671. She holds two fingers raised: a hint of the "old" way of [[Sign of the Cross|cross-signing]] oneself: with two fingers, rather than with three.]] |
subtopics = [[Sign of the Cross]] |
opinion_pieces = {{short_opinions}} |
In the context of Russian Orthodox church history, the "Old Believers" (Russian: ''старове́ры'' or ''старообря́дцы'') separated after 1666-1667 from the hierarchy of the [[Church of Russia]] as a protest against reforms in church liturgy introduced by [[Patriarch]] [[Nikon of Moscow]].
Russian-speakers refer to the schism itself as ''raskol'' ('''раскол''' - etymologically indicating a "cleaving-apart").
Many of the reforms were minor alterations in liturgy. Because the Old Believers maintain the older liturgical practices they are also known as '''Old Ritualists''. Some of the changes include the following:
{| class="wikitable"
! !! Old Practice !! New Practice
! Spelling of [[Jesus]]
| Ісусъ [Isus]|| Іисусъ [Iisus]
! [[Creed]]
| (And in the Holy Spirit, the '''True''' Lord and Giver of Life)'' || (And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life)''
! [[Sign of the Cross]]
| Two fingers, straightened || Three fingers, straightened
!Number of [[Prosphora]] in the Liturgy
| Seven Prosphora || Five Prosphora
! Direction of Procession
| Sunwise || Counter-Sunwise
| ''(Alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, o God)''||(thrice ''alleluia'', ''glory to Thee, o God'')
* [ Wikipedia - Old Believers]
{{returnto}} [[Christianity]] -> [[Denominations]] -> [[Eastern Orthodoxy]] -> [[Russian Orthodox Church]]
[[Category:Eastern Orthodox Church]]

Navigation menu