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Offline Regnare

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Georgian Old Believers?
« on: March 23, 2014, 09:16:17 PM »
I've been doing some reading about the Russian Old Rite recently, and while reading about the various priested hierarchies, I discovered that the Russian Old Orthodox Church (the Novobyzkov hierarchy) spawned a breakoff with the formidable name of the Slavo-Georgian Iberian Old Orthodox Church (bold for extra impressiveness). Apparently this small group uses the Georgian service books used prior to the 1800s, when invading Russians presumably brought the Nikonian reforms along with Russianising practices. Does anyone know anything about this Old Rite Georgian tradition? To what extent does it differ from the Russian one (since Georgia follows the Greek liturgical tradition rather than the Slavic)? Where can I find out more about this?
"Whosoever you are who introduce new doctrines, I beseech you to spare the ears of Romans! Spare that faith which was commended by the voice of an Apostle. Why should you attempt to teach us, at the end of hundreds of years, that which we never heard before? Why bring forward what Peter and Paul did not will to make known? Until this day, the world was Christian without your doctrine. Thus, I hold as an old man onto that faith wherein I was regenerated as a boy." St. Jerome

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Re: Georgian Old Believers?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 01:59:59 AM »
This would be very interesting to learn more about! Hopefully someone can provide some information.
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Re: Georgian Old Believers?
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2014, 11:42:50 AM »
Well, I am affraid its not that misterious... in 1988 two bishops of Russian Old Orthodox Church, went in schism, because this Church was increasingy improving relations with Russian Orthodox Church. They found most of support among Old Believers in Georgia (who are ethnic Russians). Two leaders of schism repented and returned to ROOC, but they consecrated bishops in meantime, so schism survived. Slavic-Georgian Old Orthodox Church developed missionary activity among Georgians. Thats why they menzion pre XVIII century Georgian books as valid. Altough from 18th century and latter, Georgian practice is influenced by post-Nikonian Russian, pre 18th century Georgian was not identical to old recension of Byzantine rite, whic Old Believers dogmatized.
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