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3 The Enthronement of Patriarch Kirill. A Liturgical Event

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This chapter analyzes the enthronement ritual of Patriarch Kirill, its accompanying television coverage and commentary, and to a lesser extent also the comments in the press. The current patriarch's complete and magnificent title is: 'Great lord and our father the Holy Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus' Kirill'. The Moscow Patriarchate has the same geographic extent today. Kirill highlighted this in his speech during the solemn ceremony, and preached about the Patriarchate's borders and his own duty to defend them. In the enthronement ceremony two forms of aesthetics met: on the one hand, the Byzantine form with robes, bowing, kneeling, hymns, prayers, and processions, and on the other, the modern, male, political reality aesthetics with suit and tie, handshakes, and speeches. The actual enthronement of the Patriarch was an impressive manifestation of church power, and the participation of the secular power was very important given the Russian historical context.

Keywords: Byzantine form; enthronement ritual; hymns; Moscow; Patriarch Kirill; prayers; Russian historical context



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