Keywords: St. Theophan Recluse, sermons, state, emperor, sovereign thought, people, homiletic methods.
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Bishop of Skopinsky and Shatsk Pitirim (Tvorogov). The sovereign thought in the sermons of St. Theophan, recluse of Vysha. Two centuries of the Russian classics, 2020, vol. 2, № 4, pp. 172–185. (In Russ.) DOI 

Author: Pitirim, Bishop of Skopin and Shatsk (worldy lastname – Tvorogov)
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Pitirim, Bishop of Skopin and Shatsk (worldy lastname – Tvorogov), Skopin, Ryazan region, Russia.

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Received: October 17, 2020
Published: December 8, 2020
Issue: 2020 Volume 2 No. 4
Department: Russian literature XVIII and XIX centuries
Pages: 172-185
UDK: 821.161.1.09"19"

Abstract: The article examines a special genre of sermons that were delivered on the solemn days of honouring the august persons on various occasions. The works of this genre, belonging to St. Theophan the Recluse, their central ideas, images, problems, topical in our time. Particular attention is paid to St. Theophan’s understanding of power, its essence, the foundations of Russian sovereignty, the responsibility of the emperor for the fate of people and the future of the country. The article presents the main threats to the Russian monarchical system, describes the perniciousness of Western influence on the entire life of Russian society. The author shows that the saint was opposed to progress detached from God, spoke positively about state reforms designed to improve social life in the country, but warned about the danger of a false understanding of the freedoms given to human.


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