Russia in the Summer of 1914; With Discussion of Her Pressing Problems

Russia in the Summer of 1914; With Discussion of Her Pressing Problems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...of religious tradi-tions pertaining to primitive Russian history, the most notable being an extraordinarily vigorous baptism of the heathen Slavs at the time of their enforced conversion to Christianity. Beyond the entrance we were confronted by another line of beggars, but this time they were nuns wearing peaked hoods, which gave them alwitch-like ap-pearance. These asked alms for their sisterhood. Near by we noticed a brisk sale going on of tapers and of holy bread shaped like a roll. Advancing into the interior of the church, we found an enormous congregation, men, women and children, all standing, the men predominating. There was no distinction between rich and poor. Well-groomed gentlemen stood shoulder to shoulder with peasants clothed in sheepskins. None of them paid the slightest attention to strangers like ourselves. Apparently all the worshipers were most sincere in their devotions. As the priests read the prayers, the people crossed themselves from time to time. Some were kneeling. I watched a man accompanied by two boys, who were near me. All three knelt on the hard stone floor, praying for at least five minutes. A Magdalene with tears streaming down her cheeks knelt and in agony knocked her head against the floor again and again. Some even prostrated themselves at full length on their faces. Each one had a taper, which was lighted at the proper time and placed before the picture of some patron saint. These pictures are called icons. Unlike the Roman Catholic Church, the Greek Church absolutely forbids all statues or images of saint-s (for that would be a violation of the second commandment, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"), but it does sanction sacred pictures. These are usually encased in metal, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236879805
  • 9781236879806