Vera Shevzov

in Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195154658
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835249 | DOI:

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Chapels held a unique place in the ecclesial world of Orthodox laity in late imperial Russia. Lay persons built them to mark personal, local, or national events. Chapels were self-contained ecclesial spaces where the usual hierarchical ordering of clergy and laity was not a dominant feature. They enabled lay persons to exercise their sense of responsibility for their faith, and actively share their identification with that historical faith that they felt as their own.

Keywords: chapels; Russian Orthodoxy; imperial Russia

Chapter.  15219 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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