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Author: Evgeniya Shadrina (nun Maria)
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Evgeniya S. Shadrina (nun Maria), master’s student of Department of Russian Classical Literature, Institute of Philology, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Pirogovskaya 1, 1, 119991 Moscow, Russia.

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Shadrina, E.S. “Fragment of the Great Acafist in the Foreword of Small Solbinsky Synodik.” Germenevtika drevnerusskoi literatury [Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature]. Issue 21. Ed.-in-chief O.A. Tufanova. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2022, pp. 181–194. (In Russian) https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2022-21-181-194

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2022-21-181-194
UDC: 821.161.1.0
Keywords: synodic with literary prefaces, synodic as a literary collection, synodics of the Solba Nikolaev hermitage, The Great Akathist, hymnographic genre, eschatological optimism.
Date of publication: 16.12.2022


The article examines a fragment of the great acafist in the foreword of Small Solbinsky Synodik. Gymnographic texts, along with texts of other genres, have traditionally been part of synodic books with literary prefaces. In the Small Synodic of Solba Nikolayev hermitage, there is a fragment, the genre of which was previously determined incorrectly. This is a fragment of the 9th ikos of Akathist of the Most Holy Theotokos. The study made it possible to put forward a hypothesis about the origin of passage as part of synodic book: it was due to the unsuitability of sheet for the akathist list due to a mistake made by the scribe. The inclusion of the fragment does not contradict the genre peculiarities of synodiс and akathist. The passage naturally fit into the group of synodic texts and became an allusion to traditional theological parallels in the spirit of “eschatological optimism:” death is the mysterious birth into eternal life, virginity after Christmas is life after death, Incarnation is the beginning of abolition of death, the salvation of man. The fragment of Akathist is considered in the context of other synodic prefaces and hymnographic texts.


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