“The Father and his Eldest Son : the Depiction of the 1667 Muscovite Palm Sunday Procession by the Metropolitan of Gaza Paisios Ligaridis and its Significance

First attested in 1558 and abolished by Peter the Great in 1697, the Muscovite Palm Sunday ritual has attracted the attention of many scholars. Due to Michael S. Flier's insightful semiotic analysis, the role played by Patriarch Nikon in the refashioning of this ritual is also well known. Never...

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Main Author: Olar, Ovidiu-Victor (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language: English
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Published: [2018]
In: Revue de l'histoire des religions
Year: 2018, Volume: 235, Issue: 1, Pages: 5-36
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains: B Moscow / Palm Sunday / Procession / Ritual (Religion) / Father / Son / First-born child / History 1558-1697
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Summary: First attested in 1558 and abolished by Peter the Great in 1697, the Muscovite Palm Sunday ritual has attracted the attention of many scholars. Due to Michael S. Flier's insightful semiotic analysis, the role played by Patriarch Nikon in the refashioning of this ritual is also well known. Nevertheless, a very interesting depiction of the 1667 Palm Sunday ritual still awaits proper analysis. Included by the Metropolitan of Gaza Paisios Ligaridis in his famous and controversial History of the 1666-1667 Council that deposed Nikon, this depiction of the ritual allows us to understand better the roles ascribed to Nikon's successor, Patriarch Joseph, and to Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich. The aim of this study is to put Ligaridis' description of the 1667 Palm Sunday procession in context and to see how the results fit into the framework of previous researches.
Attestée pour la première fois en 1667 et « abolie » par Pierre le Grand en 1697, la célébration moscovite du dimanche des Rameaux à fait couler beaucoup d'encre. Grâce à l'analyse sémiotique dense de Michael S. Flier, le rôle joué par le patriarche Nikon dans la réformation dudit rituel est également connu. Néanmoins, une description particulièrement intéressante de la fête des Rameaux de 1667 attend toujours une étude approfondie. Incluse par le métropolite de Gaza Paisios Ligaridis dans sa fameuse et controversée Histoire du concile de 1666-1667 qui a déposé Nikon, cette description nous permet de comprendre mieux le rôle attribué au successeur de celui-ci, le patriarche Joseph, et au tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich. Le but de cette étude est de placer dans son contexte le récit de Ligaridis et de voir comment s'insèrent les résultats dans le cadre des recherches antérieures.
ISSN: 2105-2573
DOI: 10.4000/rhr.8841
Persistent identifiers: DOI "10.4000/rhr.8841"