Russian Church


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1.The established church of the Russian empire up to the revolution of 1917, at which time the ruling Communist party tried to suppress all religious worship. The czar was the nominal head of the church, but he never claimed the right of deciding questions of theology and dogma. It still forms a portion, by far the largest, of the Orthodox (Eastern) Church and is governed by the Patriarch and the Holy Synod. In 1988 the church, with official approval, celebrated the 1000 year anniversary of the baptism of Russia. After breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 the Russian Church began to regain some its old influence in Russian life, and the government turned over some of the confiscated churches back to church control. The Russian Church was recognized anew as the official church of Russia, with special priveleges, by an act of the Russian Duma in 1997. The Metropolitan of Moscow, as Patriarch of the church, is regarded as the first among equals in order of deference among bishops of the church.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The part of the room behind the columns, with a high silk-curtained mahogany bedstead on one side and on the other an immense case containing icons, was brightly illuminated with red light like a Russian church during evening service.
Nor will any persuasions induce them to do anything on Saints' days, and there surely never was a church so full of them as the Russian Church. In the spring, when every hour is of vital importance, the work is constantly being interrupted by them, and the workers lie sleeping in the sun the whole day, agreeably conscious that they are pleasing themselves and the Church at one and the same time-- a state of perfection as rare as it is desirable.
"Our church is not a Russian church or a Greek church; we are a parish of the Orthodox Church in America, and our congregation is very diverse," explained Fr.
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The anarchist Pussy Riot collective has gained international fame for its politically charged performances that see members don balaclavas and skewer everything from the Russian church to persecution of the country's gay community.
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, archbishop of Constantinople, the 'first among equals' in the Eastern Orthodox clergy, decided to bestow Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence from the Russian Church, which invited condemnation from Moscow.23
Poroshenko, 53, a confectionary tycoon when he was elected five years ago, pushed successfully for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to be recognized as self-standing rather than a branch of the Russian church. But he saw approval of his governing sink amid Ukraine's economic woes and a plunge in living standards.
"I feel that the Russian Church can play an important role for the Christians of the East, and it is related to them," the President affirmed.
The Kremlin has never concealed that it considers the Russian Church as a mechanism for the maintenance of neighboring peoples in the sphere of its influence.
He said that the Russian Church's decision to cut ties with Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople led to a path of self-isolation and conflict with the entire international orthodoxy.
In both cases the Russian church functions as a department of the state.

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