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The Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church

The official website of the Moscow Metropolitanate.

Address: Russia, Moscow, Rogozhsky Poselok street, 1A, 5.
Phone: +7 (495) 361-51-91
e-mail: mmitropolia@gmail.com

Publications of the Moscow Metropolis.

The main provisions of ancient Orthodoxy

The main provisions of ancient Orthodoxy

On the commandments and principles that guide Old-believers.

The history of Orthodoxy, preserved by the Old Rite Church

The history of Orthodoxy, preserved by the Old Rite Church

On the history of Old Orthodoxy from the time of Christ to the present day.

Boyarinya Morozova

Boyarinya Morozova

A biography of Boyarinya Morozova, the famous old-believer who died a martyr against the reforms of the Russian Orthodox Church. Original article written in Russian by nun Livia.

Znamenniy chant

Znamenniy chant

Hooks or znamena are the symbols used by Russia’s Church in place of notes for inscribing hymns.

The beard

The beard

According to Orthodox teaching, the cutting of the beard is a serious sin and a transgression.

Mitropolitan Ambrose

Mitropolitan Ambrose

On October 28, 1846, the Old Believer Church was joined by the Bosno-Sarajevo metropolitan, Ambrose.

Hieromartyr and confessor Avvakum

Hieromartyr and confessor Avvakum

A biography of the hieromartyr and confessor Avvakum, who led the opposition against Patriarch Nikon’s reforms of the Russian Orthodox Church.

How worshipers stand in the Old-Rite church

How worshipers stand in the Old-Rite church

The appropriate behavior during church services.

About candles and censing

About candles and censing

Censing and candles are two kinds of liturgical sacrifices to God.

On the veneration of icons and the Gospel

On the veneration of icons and the Gospel

The order of the veneration of icons and the Gospel in church services.

Old-believers in the 18th and 19th centuries

The status of old-believers in 17th century Russia was in many ways similar to that of Christians in the Roman Empire, who were forced to hide in catacombs. Russian Orthodox old-believers, likewise, hid from both state and church authorities.

Nikon’s reforms — the beginning of the schism

Nikon’s reforms — the beginning of the schism

Patriarch Nikon, desiring to change the ancient traditions, began to impose new ritual and liturgical practices onto Russia’s Church, unilaterally. He ascended the patriarchal seat in 1652.

Preparation for Confession and Communion

Preparation for Confession and Communion

Every Christian should confess their sins and receive Communion at least once a year. Our article explains how to prepare for it.

How to pray for health and for the deceased

How to pray for health and for the deceased

How to pray for people’s health and for those who are deceased.

The sign of the cross

The sign of the cross

The right way to make the sign of the cross and the symbolism of it.

Christian clothing

Christian clothing

About the traditional dress of old-believers.

Bows

Bows

Metanie, is a word of Greek origin. This practice came into general use in Russia and is observed today by old-believers. It means a small ground bow…

Lestovka

Lestovka

About the symbolism and structure of the lestovka and the lestovka prayer rule for home.