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Russian Language and Literature

The subject will be treated under the following heads, viz.

  • RUSSIAN LANGUAGE;
  • ANCIENT POPULAR LITERATURE;
  • FIRST MONUMENTS OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE;
  • LITERATURE FROM THE ELEVENTH TO THE THIRTEENTH CENTURIES;
  • LITERATURE FROM THE FOURTEENTH TO THE SIXTEENTH CENTURIES;
  • LITERATURE OF LITTLE RUSSIA AND GREAT RUSSIA IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY;
  • RUSSIAN LITERATURE OF THE TIME OF PETER THE GREAT;
  • LITERATURE OF RUSSIA IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY;
  • LITERATURE OF RUSSIA IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY;
  • CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN LITERATURE.
  • I. RUSSIAN LANGUAGE

    Russian is a Slav language belonging to the Indo-European family. The dispersion of the Slav tribes in prehistoric times resulted in the formation of various Slav dialects, of which Shafarik counted twelve, although other writers recognize only six or seven. The Slav dialects are divided into the South-Eastern dialects and the Western dialects. To the former, which culminate in the Bulgarian, belongs the Russian, or rather the three Russian dialects of Great Russia, Little Russia, and White Russia. Russian has many affinities with the Bulgarian and Servian languages, because Russia received her primitive literature from the Bulgarians and Servians. The absence of documents, however, makes it impossible to define with precision the character of the primitive language of Russia, or rather the relations between that language and the Russian of literature. According to Sreznevski and Lavroff, the similarity between the two languages was almost complete, and consisted in turns of expression rather than in grammatical forms. Before the thirteenth century, the literary, ecclesiastical, and administrative language was one. But in the fourteenth century the ecclesiastical language began to differ from the literary language and this difference grew considerably in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The Palæoslavic or ecclesiastical language, however, varied little in either case from the language of the people. In time Russian underwent local changes of form that gave rise to the dialects of Kieff, Novgorod, Vladimir, and Moscow. The Vareghi, the Greeks, the Tatars, the Lithuanians, and the Poles left traces of their political domination on the language of Russia, and in the time of Peter the Great many words were added from German, French, and English. The question of the primitive language of Russia is connected with the ethnological question, and in the nineteenth century gave rise to lengthy and spirited polemics which, however, led to no definite results. A leading work for the study of this controversy is Buslaeff's "Historical Grammar of the Russian Language" (1858). Political and nationalist questions also enter into the philological researches concerning the primitive language of Russia. The Ruthenians, or Little Russians, claim that their language was the original Russian, and therefore that primitive Russian literature should rather be called Ruthenian. On the other hand Sobolevski and the nationalists of Great Russia declare that the present Ruthenian is not the primitive language of Kieff. This philological controversy between the nationalists of Little Russia and those of Great Russia has not yet terminated.

    II. ANCIENT POPULAR LITERATURE

    From its earliest history Russia has possessed a literature that was handed down by tradition from generation to generation. It was not before the seventeenth century that this literature took a written form. The collection of Russian proverbs was begun: in the eighteenth century Daniloff published the first collection of Russian byline: at the end of the same century and at the beginning of the nineteenth, Tchulkoff, Popoff, and Macaroff published the first collections of popular songs. Upon this literature, which conveys so much information on the religious, civil, and social life of primitive Russia, great light was thrown by the studies of Kalaidovitch, Snegireff, Sakharoff, Kirieevski, Bielinski, Athanasieff, Kostomoroff, Maikoff, Buslaeff, Bezsonoff, and Vselovski. The popular Russian songs are divided into several classes. There are the mystic or ritual songs ( obriadnyia piesni ), which were sung in the sacred games, and on other solemn occasions; they contain many memories of the ancient pagan feasts, celebrating the glories of Dazh-Bog (the sun-god), of Koliada (traced by Russian writers to the Latin Calendœ ), and of Ovsen. Others, illustrating the promiscuity of pagan tradition, celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ ( sviatotchnyja piesni ); others relate to the spring feasts ( vesnianki ), or accompany the dance ( khorovodnyja ). To this same class belong the nuptial songs ( svadebnyja ), the kupal'skija (literally, songs of the baths), the rusal'nyja , in honour of the Rusalke , a term that probably served to designate the souls of the departed.

    The byline are the most beautiful treasures of this popular literature, of which they form the heroic cycle. The term byline is derived from the verb byl (it was), and etymologically signifies the recital of that which happened in times gone by. They tell of the deeds of the legendary heroes of primitive Russia. History, legend, and mythology together furnish the matter of these epic songs. In them the Russian heroes are called bogatyr , a name that some believe to be derived from Bog ( God ), as if they were demigods; others believe that the term is derived from Tatar or Mongolian ; and yet others from the Sanskrit ( bhaga , force, happiness ). The heroes who are immortalized in the byline belong to the epoch of Vladimir the Great, or to more ancient times, and partake of a mythological character. These heroes, who act together with those of the time of Vladimir the Great, but nevertheless are endowed with a mythological character, are Sviatogor, Mikula Selianinovitch, Volga Sviatoslavitch, Sukhman Odikhmantévitch, and Don Ivanovitch; the historians of Russian literature designate them by the epithet of starshie ("ancient heroes"). The "young heroes" ( mladshie ) belong historically to the epoch of Vladimir; their names are Elia Muromec, Dobrynja Nikititch, Alesha Popovitch, Solovei Budimirovitch, etc. Kieff is so to speak, their geographical centre, and Vladimir their star. In the Russian chronicles they are mentioned between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. Elia of Murom lived at the end of the twelfth century, and his remains rest in the grotto of the sanctuary of Petcherskaia at Kieff. They combat the monsters that assail Russia from within or from without, that is, paganism and thieves among the first, and the Petchenegi, the Polovcy, and the Chozari among the second. The historical, philological, and poetical importance of these ancient monuments of literature is very great. Other byline of later date, more commonly called historical songs, refer to the Tatar invasions, to the period of Ivan the Terrible, and also to that of Peter the Great. The songs and legends of Little Russia are called dumy (elegies, ballads), and celebrate the struggles of the Cossacks and Little Russians against the Turks or Tatars and the Poles, and the union of Little Russia with Great Russia. The songs that refer to domestic life are called bytovyja piesni . They sing the popular feasts and games, and the sad as well as happy events of domestic life, while they preserve many traces of paganism. The best collections of them are those of Tchulkoff (St. Petersburg, 1770-74); Novikoff (Moscow, 1780-81); and Sakharoff (St. Petersburg, 1838-39).

    To popular literature belong the fanciful novels called skazki , which resemble somewhat the stories of the Fates. Their protagonists are strange beings created by the ardent popular fancy, Baba-Iaga , serpents with six or twelve heads, stags, horses, etc. The forces of nature are personified. At times the mythological element predominates in them entirely; and again it is blended with Christianity. The oldest novels are characterized by their simplicity and by the repose of their recital. Some of them, like the one entitled "The Judgment of Shemjaka", are satirical compositions. Others are derived from Western novels, especially the Italian. The proverbs also belong to popular literature. They are called poslovicy , and are very abundant, the first complete collection of them having been made by D. Kniazhevitch in 1822. They are the spontaneous product of the wisdom, caustic spirit, and rudimentary culture of the Russian people, and reflect the various historical ages of Russia. Some of them date from pagan times, others emanate from the people's knowledge of Holy Scripture , and others originate in the events that produced the greatest impressions on the popular imagination. To popular literature belong also the enigmas or riddles ( zagadki ), collected by Khudiakoff (Moscow, 1861) and by Sadovinikoff (St. Petersburg, 1876); the incantations ( zagovory ), the conjurations ( zakliatia ), and the lullabies ( platchi ), which are most useful for the study of Russian folk-lore and primitive Russian life.

    III. FIRST MONUMENTS OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE

    The first written literature of Russia is coincident with the conversion of Russia to Christianity. Bulgaria was the first Slav educator of Russia, and the first translations of the Scriptures and the liturgies were Bulgarian. The most ancient monument of Russian literature, and at the same time of the ecclesiastical Palæoslavic language common to the primitive Slav Christians, is the Gospel called "Ostromirovo", written at Novgorod in 1056-57 by the Deacon Gregor, by order of Ostromir, first magistrate ( posadnik ) of the city. This valuable document was published by Vostokoff in 1843. Ancient Russian literature is of an eminently religious character. The greater portion of its monuments are sermons, homilies, letters, lives of saints, pilgrimages ; even the profane works, as chronicles and voyages, have a religious tone. On the other hand, owing to the fact that the Russians received their Christianity from Byzantium, their literature was openly Byzantine in character, the early Russians either translating the Byzantine works, or being inspired by the spirit of those works, and writing as if they were Byzantines. Primitive Russian literature, however, was subject also to other influences. The Slav influence was due to the Bulgarians and Servians, who, until the fifteenth century, gave many cultured men to Russia, e.g., the Metropolitan Cyprian and Gregor Camblak. Greek influence lasted a longer time, and flourished in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

    Russian literature in the beginning consisted of translations from the Greek and of original works. Its development was very slow, because the prices of codices were very high. The copying of books was considered not only a useful contribution to culture, but a supernatural work. The Princess of Polotsk, St. Euphrosyne (twelfth century), copied books, a work to which monks, and even bishops, devoted themselves. Russian monks were wont to go to Constantinople, or to Mount Athos, and there to become amanuenses and enrich the first Russian libraries by their work. The first books that were translated were those of the Holy Scripture that were most used by the people (Psalms, the Gospels, Proverbs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom of Jesus the son of Sirach). There were also collections of extracts from the Holy Scripture , called Paremii . The translation of all the books of the Holy Scripture in a single codex was made in 1499, by order of Gennadius Gonzoff, Archbishop of Novgorod (1484-1504).

    Simultaneously with the Holy Scripture , the writings of the Fathers of the Church were greatly in vogue, especially those of St. John Chrysostom. Highly esteemed also were the doctrinal explanations of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, the canons of St. Basil, the homilies of St. Theodore the Studite, the discourses of St. Athanasius against Arianism, the discourses of St. Gregory of Nazianzus, the "Klimax" of St. John Climacus, and the works of St. Isaac the Syrian, St. Ephraem the Syrian, and St. John Damascene. Until the seventeenth century, the theological writings of St. John Damascene were the sources of Russian Orthodox theology. The great popularity of the works of the Fathers gave rise to the formation of collections of extracts from their discourses, and to annotated copies, with explanations, for the study of their writings, called sborniki , of which there are several: "Zlatoust", a collection of moral sermons and homilies (112), mostly from St. John Chrysostom ; "Margarit", another collection from St. John Chrysostom , included in the monologue of the Metropolitan Macarius, and published for the first time at Ostrog in 1596; "Izmaragd", a collection of sermons and homilies from St. Basil, St. John Chrysostom, St. Ephraem, St. Gregory the Great, and St. Cyril of Alexandria ; "Andriatis", a collection of the homilies recited by St. John Chrysostom at Antioch ; "Zlataia ciep" (golden chain), a collection of discourses on the moral virtues, taken from the Fathers of the Church and from Russian writers; the "Ptchely" (bees), a collection of the literary flowers of St. Maximus the Confessor. The famous "Sbornik" of Sviatoslaff Yaroslaffitch, Prince of Tchernigoff, which was translated in Bulgaria from the Greek, for the Tsar Simeon, in 1073, also has texts from the Fathers and from profane writers.

    The Greek synaxaria , the Patereka of Sinai and Jerusalem, translated in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and the "Patericon" of the Petcherskaia Shrine of Kieff, which is very valuable for the study of primitive Russian hagiology, are of a sacro-historical character. The Greek synaxaria took in Russian the name of Prologos . Collections of discourses in honour of the feasts of Our Lord, of the Blessed Virgin, and of the saints received the name of "Torzhestvenniki". An historical compendium of the Old Testament, called "Palei", from palaia diatheke , dates from the earliest times of Russian Christianity. The oldest codices of the "Palei" are of the fourteenth century, but their origin is much older. To sacred and profane literature belong the so-called chronographoi , collections and transformations of writings of Byzantine chroniclers, especially of Malala, Amartolos, Manasses, and Zonaras, as also the Slav version of the "Christian Topography" of Cosmas Indicopleustes.

    Partly to sacro-profane and partly to profane literature belong many novels and stories translated from Byzantine, Servian, and Bulgarian writings, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. One of the most famous novels, taken from the literature of Constantinople, is the history of Barlaam and Josaphat. At the end of the sixteenth century, the influence of Polish literature helped to spread in Russia two works that were much in vogue in the West, the "Gesta Romanorum", and the "Speculum Magnum." The apocryphal books of the Old Testament (story of Adam and Eve ; story of the Tree of the Cross; story of the Just Enoch, etc.), and those of the New Testament (story of Aphroditian on the miracles in Persia ; dispute of Christ with the Devil ; conversation of Adam and Lazarus in Limbo, etc.) were also widely disseminated in the literature of that time. There were also translated into Palæorussian the "Elucidarium sive dialogus de summa totius religionis christianæ", attributed to Honorius of Autun by Migne ; books of magic and books of astrology ("Gromnik", "Molnianik", "Koliadnik", etc). Under the influence of this literature, religious songs were created that became very popular with the people ( Dukhovnye stikhi ). These little poems or songs treat of the most varied subjects, and it is very difficult to divide them into different classes. They are of a moral and religious character, referring to the Creation, to St. Michael the Archangel , to the sufferings of the damned, to the birth or passion of Jesus Christ, to the Russian saints, etc. And beside these poetical productions sprang up the hagiological legends, of which the best known refer to St. Nicholas of Myra , St. Parasceve, and St. Cassian. The deep researches of Arkhangelski and Sobolevski throw a great deal of light on the Russian versions of the Fathers and of the Byzantine writings.

    IV. LITERATURE FROM THE ELEVENTH TO THE THIRTEENTH CENTURIES

    Russian literature, properly so called, from the period of the advent of Christianity in Russia to the time of Peter the Great, comprises discourses, instructions, and letters that are intended to infuse Christian sentiments, and to draw the people from pagan practices; polemical works, directed at first against the Latins, and later against the first Russian heresies ; lives of saints, chronicles, and historical Works, pilgrimages and voyages, and juridical monuments. There is almost a total absence of poetry. The first centres of culture were Kieff and Novgorod; in the sixteenth century, Moscow. Among the writers who left a name for sacred eloquence in the period from the eleventh to the thirteenth centuries, mention is made of Luke Zhidiata, Archbishop of Novgorod (1035-59), whose discourse is a brief recapitulation of the truths of the Faith ; St. Hilarion , Metropolitan of Kieff in 1051, whose discourses contain very valuable data for the early history of Russian Christianity ; the Blessed Theodosius Petcherski, who wrote discourses for the people and the monks ; Nicephorus, Metropolitan of Kieff (1104-20), whose discourses and letters, written in Greek were translated later into Russian; Cyril of Turoff (1171-82), a brilliant writer who, on account of his natural and vigorous eloquence, resembling that of St. John Chrysostom, is called the Chrysostom of Russia. His discourses, homilies, writings on monastic life, and prayers are among the most important monuments of the ancient ecclesiastical literature of Russia.

    The polemics against the Latins found almost their only exponents among the Greeks who in the beginning governed the Russian dioceses. Leontius, metropolitan (992-1008), wrote against the Arians ; George, metropolitan (1065-73), wrote a "Dispute with a Latin", in which the various pretended innovations of the Roman Church are attacked; Ivan II (1186-89) is the author of a letter to Clement III, in which the Latins are reproved only on account of the insertion of the Filioque in the Creed. The letter on the Faith of the Vareghi (or Variazhskoi vierie ), which by some is attributed, although without strong arguments, to St. Theodosius Petcherski, is believed by some to be of Russian origin. Among the first Russian hagiologists mention should be made of Jacob, a monk of the Petcherskaia hermitage, who wrote an account of the martyrdom of Sts. Boris and Glieba, and the panegyric of St. Vladimir; of Nestor, the most famous of the ancient Russian writers, a monk of the hermitage of Kieff, who died in 1114. He is the author of the lives of Boris and Glieba of the Blessed Theodosius, and of a chronicle ("Lietopis") The original of the chronicle of Nestor has not come down to us; the most ancient copy of it is that of the monk Lawrence, made in 1377 for Demetrius Constantinovitch, Prince of Suzdal. Nestor was not the first Russian chronicler. Other chroniclers, whose names and works have not been handed down to our times, wrote before him at Novgorod. The national and literary importance of the chronicle of Nestor is very great. The Russians rightly consider it as an epic history, warm with the love of country. It finishes with the year 1110, but was continued by other writers, under various names, as "Chronicle of Kieff", "Chronicle of Volhynia", "Chronicle of Suzdal", etc. They are of an eminently religious character, and abound in texts from the Scriptures and in ascetic considerations.

    Another important work in which the Russian national sentiment predominates is the journey of the higumeno Daniel (thirteenth century) to the Holy Places: before the Holy Sepulchre he prays "for all the land of Russia ". Anthony, Archbishop of Novgorod, visited Constantinople four years after the taking of that city by the Latins (1204), and left a short but very important description of its churches and monasteries.

    To profane literature belong the "Testament" Vladimir Monomachus, written in 1099, in which its author gives a recital of his enterprises; and the celebrated account of the battle of Igor ("Slovo" or "Polku Igorevie"), which was found in 1795 in the library of Count Musin Pushkin. It is the only poetical work of the Russia of the princes, and relates the military expedition of Igor Sviatoslavitch, Prince of Novgorod-Sieverski, against the Polovcy (1185). It is characterized by the grandeur of its poetical sentiment, the beauty of its descriptions, and love of country. In the twelfth century was written the discourse of Daniel Zatotchnik ( Captivus ), who, imprisoned in the Government of Olonetz, writes to a prince to ask for his liberty, making a great display of his learning. Among the juridical monuments of that age we may cite the "Russkaia Pravda" (Russian code) of Prince Yaroslaff I, and the Greek Nomocanon , translated in the earliest times of Russian Christianity, and qualified with the epithet of Kormtchaia kniga , corresponding to the Greek pedalion . To the nomocanon were added the "Ecclesiastical Regulations" ("Cerkovnye ustavy") of Vladimir and Yaroslaff, which however are not of those princes, at least in the form in which they have been transmitted to us in codices of the thirteenth century. The monasteries were centres of the literary culture of Russia in the eleventh and twelfth centuries; and the Greco-Russian clergy laboured for the diffusion of it. From the Greek clergy came the polemical works, and the hatred of the Latins that became fixed in the hearts of the Russian people. The first Greek polemics who lived in Russia spread the most absurd calumnies against the Latins, and anathematized as heretical the most simple liturgical customs: the Metropolitan George enumerated twenty-seven points of divergence between the Greeks and Latins. The thirteenth century is very poor from the standpoint of literature. The Tatar invasions stopped the progress of culture, and prevented intellectual work. Among the literary monuments of that century are cited a letter of Simon, Bishop of Vladimir (1215-26), to Polycarp, a monk of the Petcherskaia hermitage; the life of Abraham of Smolensk, a most important historical document; the sermons of Serapion, Bishop of Vladimir (1274-75), and a synodal and canonical decision of Cyril II, Metropolitan of Kieff (1243-80), which is inserted in the Kormtchaia kniga .

    V. LITERATURE FROM THE FOURTEENTH TO THE SIXTEENTH CENTURIES

    In the period from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries, literary culture, paralyzed by Tatar oppression in the region of Kieff, continued to flourish at Novgorod and Pskof, and from there was carried to other centres, viz., Vladimir, Rostoff, Murom, Yaroslaff, Tver, Ryazan, and finally Moscow, which received the name of the Third Rome. In the fourteenth century sacred sermons were written by various authors, among whom were Peter, Metropolitan of Moscow ; Alexei, another metropolitan of Moscow (1293-1377) who, in a codex of the Gospel which he transcribed, corrected the ancient Slav version in many points, by the Greek original; Matvei, Bishop of Sarai; the Metropolitan Cyprian (1376-1406), a Servian by birth, who also left various letters and translated the Psalter, the Missal ( Sluzhebnik ), the Nomocanon , etc.; the Blessed Cyril, founder of the monastery of Bielozero, the author of several letters to the sons of Prince Demetrius Donskoi; Basil, Archbishop of Novgorod (1331-1352), who wrote a letter to Feodor, Bishop of Tver, to convince him of the existence of a terrestrial paradise. Brief descriptions of Constantinople and its churches in the fourteenth century were left by Stephen, a monk of Novgorod, by Ignatius, a deacon of Smolensk, and by Alexandr D'jak ("judge", "magistrate"). Among the novels special mention should be made of the "Zadonshina", written by Sofronio or Sofonio of Ryazan, an epic story that relates the military acts of Prince Demetrius Donskoi, who vanquished the Tatars at Kulikovo (1380).

    In the fifteenth century the beginning of heresies in Russian Christianity, which originated in the decadence of monastic asceticism as well as in the gross ignorance of the clergy and laity, opened up new fields to Russian religious polemics. Photius, Metropolitan of Moscow (1410-31) and Gregor Camblak, Metropolitan of Kieff (1416) composed letters and moral sermons ; Gennadius, Archbishop of Novgorod (1485-1504), wrote against the sect of the Judaizers, which originated in that city about 1471; the higumeno Josef Sanin of Polotsk assailed the same sect in his tedious work "Prosvietitel" ("the illuminator"). Nil Sorski (1433-1508), founder of a hermitage on the banks of the Sora River, is the author of writings that were directed towards the reformation of the ideals and the life of Russian monasticism. Among the travellers of this period Zosimus, hiero-deacon of the hermitage of St. Sergius, and a merchant, Basil, left accounts of their pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Simeon, hiero-monk of Suzdal, accompanied Isidore, Metropolitan of Moscow, to the Council of Florence, and left an interesting recital of his voyage to Italy, and a short but important account of the council, which is one of the monuments of the Russian polemics against the Latins. Anthony Nikitin, a merchant of Tver, went to India through Persia in 1466, returned to his country in 1472, and in the account of his travels gave important information on the religious beliefs of the people of India. In historical literature, besides the valuable sketch of the Council of Florence, there should be mentioned the account of the foundation and the taking of Constantinople, which was very popular among the Russians.

    The sixteenth century, as Porfiréff rightly states, was one of criticism and restoration. Its literature, always eminently religious, proposed to revive the ancient customs, and the ancient traditions, and to restore religion and the family. The most famous and most learned champion of these reforms was Maximus the Greek, born at Arta, in Albania, and educated in Italy. He entered monastic life on Mount Athos, and in 1518 repaired to Russia, where he took an active part in the religious life of the country, and in the correction of the liturgical books ; he suffered a painful imprisonment in various monasteries, from 1525 to 1553, and died at the hermitage of St. Sergius in 1556. A most learned theologian, he wrote polemical works against the Gentiles, the Jews, the Judaizers, the Mohammedans, and the Latins, especially in opposition to the supremacy of the pope and to the Filioque; he combatted astrology, and wrote short works and discourses on moral subjects. Among the Russian prelates of the sixteenth century, Daniel, elected Metropolitan of Moscow in 1522, acquired fame. He was the author of sixteen discourses that prove him to have read assiduously, and to have had a profound knowledge of patristic literature. The most important monument of the literature of the sixteenth century is the "Domostroi", attributed to Sylvester, a priest who was the contemporary of Ivan the Terrible; Sylvester was, however, the compiler rather than the author of the work. It is a book of a moral character, in which are propounded the rules for living according to the precepts of the Faith and Christian piety, the duties of man as a member of the family, and the way to govern the home well and to care for domestic economy. The "Domostroi", therefore, is a compendium of the duties of a Christian man, and at the same time a true picture of the social and domestic organization of Russia in the sixteenth century. Another great work, which had remained unpublished until now but which the Archæographical Commission of St. Petersburg is now bringing to light, is the "Tchet'y Minei" of the Metropolitan Macarius of Moscow (1542-64). From the beginnings of its literature, Russia possessed lives of saints, the number which increased from century to century. The Metropolitan Macarius collected into a vast work the lives of all the saints of the Greco-Russian Church, adding panegyrics and discourses in their honour, and also whole books of Scripture, with commentaries, writings of the Fathers, and synaxaria , so that his menologies are almost a complete répertoire of the ancient literature of Russia, rather than a simple hagiological collection. To the same century belong the hagiological legends, which are lives of the saints, or episodes in them, embellished by popular fancy, examples of which are the legends of the Tsarevitch Peter (thirteenth century), of St. Mercurius, of Martha and Mary, of Prince Peter of Murom, and of his consort, Febronia.

    Prince Andrew Kurbski, a warm defender of the Orthodox Church, translated the dialectics and the Pege gnoseos of St. John Damascene , and wrote a brief history of the Council of Florence and a history of Ivan the Terrible, with whom he was in correspondence; these letters are preserved to our day. An important work of religious polemics was written by the monk Zinovii of Otna, who refuted the heretical and Judaistic doctrines of Kosoi. The title of the work is "Istiny pokazanie" (demonstration of the truth ), and it consists of fifty-six chapters. Of the sixteenth century there are also two small works, written in refutation of Protestantism, which at that time was beginning to spread in Russia. Among the Russian pilgrims who visited the Holy Places and who wrote an account of their travels the most distinguished are Trifon Korobeinikoff and George Grekoff, who went to Jerusalem in 1583.

    VI. LITERATURE OF LITTLE RUSSIA AND GREAT RUSSIA IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

    The seventeenth century witnessed the Renaissance of Little Russia, which became the instructor of Great Russia. Under Catholic and Polish influence Little Russia drew near to the West, assimilated Western science, and modelled its schools upon those of the Latins. The "Union" of Brest in 1596 gave an efficient impulse to Orthodox culture. Confraternities were established to open schools and printing-offices for the publication and dissemination of polemical works; among them those of Lemberg, Vilna, and Kieff were famous. Scholastic theology and philosophy entered into and dominated the Russian academies and seminaries. Latin became the official language in the teaching of theology. Peter Mogilas, Metropolitan of Kieff, transformed into a superior school of theology the school established by the Confraternity of the Church of the Apparition of the Lord. The works of St. Thomas Aquinas exercised a great influence on Orthodox theology, and in the academy of Kieff the Immaculate Conception was upheld. The literature of the religious polemics against the Latins, to which the Union of Brest gave rise, is very rich. In 1597 was published the "Ekthesis", or Orthodox history of the Union of Brest ; Kristofor Bronski, under the pseudonym of Filalete, wrote the "Apokrisis" against Peter Skarga, and later the "Perestroga" (admonishment). Meletius Smotricki, Archbishop of Polotsk (died 1633), wrote the "Threnos" and other works of religious polemic, and finally embraced Catholicism ; in 1622 Zacharias Kopystenski wrote the "Palinodia", the most important work in this polemical literature. The writings of Meletius Smotricki in defence of Catholicism, which he had on other occasions so strenuously opposed, were confuted by Andrew Muzkilovski, by Job Borecki, Metropolitan of Kieff, and by Gelasius Diplic. Joannikius Galiatovski, rector of the academy of Kieff (died 1688), wrote several works against the Catholics, one of them against the Filioque , confuted the Hebrews in his work "The True Messias ", and also wrote several works in refutation of the Koran. Another polemic against the Latins was Lazarus Baranovitch, Archbishop of Tchernigoff (died 1694); in a work that was directed against the Jesuit Boyme, he opposed the supremacy of the pope and the Procession of the Holy Ghost from the Son.

    The first Orthodox catechisms appeared in the seventeenth century, written by Laurence Zizanii and by Peter Mogilas; the latter, in the work Lithos (attributed to him), defends the Orthodox Church against the charge of Protestantism ; he is considered to be the author of the famous Orthodox Confession of the Eastern Church, approved by the special Council of Jassy in 1643. Among the preachers whom the sacred orators of the East sought to imitate, mention may again be made of Joannikius Galiatovski, who wrote a treatise on the art of oratory, entitled "Kliutch razumienia"; Anthony Radivilovski, higumeno of the hermitage of Kieff; and Lazarus Baranovitch. In 1591 there was published at Lemberg the first Slavo-Greek grammar; Lawrence Zizanii wrote a Slav grammar in 1596, and the grammar of Meletius Smotricki was published in 1619. Zizanii added a small Slav dictionary to his grammar, but the first Slavo-Russian lexicon was published by Berynda, hiero-monk of Kieff, in 1627. Western influence is revealed also in the poetry of the academy of Kieff. Besides the sacred cantata, the "Mysteries" were introduced to the schools and colleges ; these "Mysteries" were sacred plays, modelled upon those of the Jesuit colleges. Among the historical works of Little Russia, mention should be made of the "Synopsis" of the history of Russia by Innocent Gizel, Archimandrite of Kieff, the "Enegesis" or history of the school of Kieff, and the"Paterikon" of the Petcherskaia hermitage by Sylvester Kossoff, Metropolitan of Kieff (died 1657).

    From Kieff Western culture was carried to Moscow, to which city masters and learned men of Little Russia were called to organize schools, compose works, and print books; but they did not receive a friendly welcome. Their orthodoxy was suspected; the more so since several of the most illustrious theologians of Kieff admitted with the Latins the dogmatic truth of the Immaculate Conception, and the efficacy of the words of consecration alone to effect Transubstantiation. The suspicion against the purity of their theological teachings became so strong that the Russians turned to the Greeks for masters. In 1685 the Greek school was established at Moscow, and in time took the name of Greco-Slav-Latin Academy. Its first masters were the Greek hieromonks Joannikius and Sophronius Likhudes, who had studied in Italy, and who taught Greek literature at Moscow from 1685 to 1694. They wrote many polemical works against the Latins, against Protestants, and against the theologians of Little Russia who leaned towards the Latins, especially against Sylvester Medviedeff. In ecclesiastical literature the most distinguished authors were Epiphanius Slavinecki, the first of Russian bibliographers; Arsenius Sukhanoff, author of "A Voyage to the Holy Land" ("Proskynitarion"); Simon Polocki (of Polotsk), author of one of the first systematic treatises on Orthodox theology ("Vienec viery"), and also of sermons that are highly prized, of sacred poems, and of sacred plays; St. Demetrius of Rostoff (1651-1709), one of the most illustrious bishops of the Russian Church, a theologian, historian, poet, polemic, and hagiologist. He was the author of two Orthodox catechisms, of a very strong work against the Raskolniki ("Rozysk"), of a diary of his life, the "Tcheti minei" (menologies), a work upon which he spent twenty years; many sacred discourses that are appreciated for the simplicity of their style and for their depth of religious sentiment, and, finally, of several sacred plays, one of the most interesting of which is the "Birthday".

    Epiphanius Slavinecki and an unnamed priest of Orel were also distinguished as sacred orators. The former rendered a great service to Patristic literature by translating into Russian a great many of the writings of the Fathers ( St. Justin, St. Gregory of Nazianzus, St. Basil, and St. John Damascene ). One of his scholars, Eutimius, wrote a polemical work, called "Osten", against the theories of Sylvester Medviedeff, who sided with the Latins in the question of the Epiklesis. Against the Raskolniki, besides St. Demetrius of Rostoff, there wrote Simeon of Polotsk in 1666 ("Zhely pravlenija"); in 1682 the Patriarch of Moscow, Jacob ("Uviet dukhovnii"); likewise, the Metropolitan of Siberia, Ignatius, and George Krizhanitch. The latter, who was a student of the Greek College of St. Athanasius at Rome (1640), became famous on account of his theories of the cause of the schism between East and West, which he attributed to politics and the antagonism between Greeks and Latins, due to Panslavist ideas and political doctrines. The Learned Sergius Bielokuroff devoted four volumes to the life and works of Krizhanitch. In the seventeenth century there began to be published the first Greco-Latin lexicons, and also the first scientific books, arithmetics and geographies. Historical literature is represented by the chronicle of the Patriarch Nicomachus, which is brought down to 1631; by the chronicle called "Voskresenski", after the monastery where it was written, of which the relation finishes with the year 1560; and by several special chronicles, as the account of the siege of the Shrine of St. Sergius by the Poles in 1610, by Abraham Polycin, and by others of the diak Feodor Griboiedoff, of the deacon Timothy Kamevevitch Rvovski, of Andrew Lyzloff, a priest of Smolensk, and of Sergius Kubasoff.

    VII. RUSSIAN LITERATURE OF THE TIME OF PETER THE GREAT

    Under Peter the Great there began a new period in Russian literature. The foundation of St. Petersburg put Russia in more direct contact with the West. Peter the Great, by violence and absolutism, dragged Russia out of her isolation, and directed her upon a new way. A new and more simple alphabet took the place of the old Slav alphabet, the new characters being adapted from the Latin. The first book that was printed with the new characters is a treatise on geometry (1708). In arithmetical books, Arabic figures were substituted for the Slav letters that represented numerals (1703). Schools of navigation, of military science, and of medicine were established. Peter the Great determined to establish an academy of sciences at St. Petersburg, and Catherine I carried out his project in 1726. Many foreign books were translated into Russian, and the most intelligent students were sent to foreign countries to complete their studies. Russian literature lost its ecclesiastical character and assumed a lay form; and in ecclesiastical literature itself there was effected a transformation towards the modern, due to the reforms of Peter the Great.

    The first period of this new literature begins with Peter the Great, and closes with Lomonosoff and Sumarokoff. In the realm of sacred literature there became famous Stephen Javorski (1658-1723), patriarchal vicar and Metropolitan of Ryazan, and Theophanus Procopovitch, Archbishop of Novgorod. (1681-1736). The former, in his "Kamen viery" (Rock of Faith ), wrote a most learned refutation of Protestantism, taking much from Bellarmine ; the second, who was the author of the "Ecclesiastical Regulations" of Peter the Great, wrote a voluminous course of Orthodox theology in Latin, and acquired fame as a man of letters and orator. In profane literature the influence of the French entirely predominated. There began the period of the new Russian poetry, the rules of which were propounded by Tredianovski (1703-69), who translated into Russian the "Ars Poetica" of Horace, and the work bearing the same title by Boileau. Prince Antiochus Dmitrievitch (1708-44), a Rumanian in the service of Russia, inaugurated the era of classicism in Russian poetry with his satires, which are often servile imitations of Horace, Juvenal, and Boileau. Michael Vasilevitch Lomonosoff (1711-65) deserves to be called the Peter the Great of Russian literature on account of his versatility, of the multiplicity of his works, and of his great literary influence: he wrote a treatise on Russian poetry (1739), on rhetoric (1748), on grammar (1755); he composed an epic poem on Peter the Great, two tragedies (Tamira and Salim, and Damofonte); he translated the Psalms into verse and wrote lyric poems, among which the ode to the Empress Elizabeth has remained famous. Alexander Petrovitch Sumarokoff composed many tragedies, some of them with Russian subjects (Yaropolk and Dimisa, Vysheslaff, Demetrius, Mstislav); he founded the national Russian drama, wrote the comedies "Opekun" (The Tutor), and "Likhoimec" (The Concussionist), composed satires, and in 1759 established the first Russian literary periodical, the "Trudoliubivaia Ptchela" (The Working Bee).

    Among the prose writers, Ivan Pososhkoff (1670-1725), in his "Zavieshanie otetcheskoe" (testament of the Fatherland), shows the necessity of well-ordered reforms in Russia, and in his book on poverty and wealth ("Kniga o skudosti i bogatstvie") he develops in an original way his theories on political and social economy. Basil Nikititch Tatishsheff (1685-1750) gathered the chronicles, the synaxaria , and the historical documents, and subjecting them to critical analysis, wrote the "History of Russia ". The academician Schlötzer spent forty years elucidating the origin and the historical problems of the primitive national chronicles of Russia. In 1728 the Academy of Sciences began the publication of the "S. Petersburgskija Viedomosti", under the direction of the academician Müller, who in 1755 also founded the first scientific-literary periodical, called the "Ezhemiesatchnyja sotchinenia".

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    I. GENERAL VIEW AND EVANGELICAL IDEA OF THE RELIGIOUS LIFE A. GENERAL VIEW We all have within us ...

    Religious Profession

    HISTORICAL VIEW Profession may be considered either as a declaration openly made, or as a state ...

    Reliquaries

    It would follow of necessity from the data given in the article RELICS that ...

    Remesiana

    A titular see in Dacia Mediterranea, suffragan of Sardica. Remesiana is mentioned by the ...

    Remigius of Auxerre

    A Benedictine monk, b. about the middle of the ninth century; d. 908. Remigius, or Remi, was a ...

    Remigius, Saint

    Apostle of the Franks, Archbishop of Reims, b. at Cerny or Laon, 437; d. at Reims, 13 January ...

    Remiremont

    Vosges, France, monastery and nunnery of the Rule of St. Benedict, founded by Sts. Romaricus ...

    Remuzat, Ven. Anne-Madeleine

    Born at Marseilles, 29 Nov., 1696; died 15 Feb., 1730. At nine years of age she asked her parents ...

    Remy, Abbey of Saint

    Founded at Reims before 590. Its early history is very obscure; at first a little chapel ...

    Renaissance, The

    The Renaissance may be considered in a general or a particular sense, as (1) the achievements of ...

    Renaudot, Eusebius

    An apologetical writer and Orientalist, b. at Paris, 22 July, 1648; d. there, 1 Sept., 1720. He ...

    Renaudot, Théophraste

    Born at Loudun, 1586; died at Paris, 25 October, 1653. Doctor of the medical faculty at ...

    Reni, Guido

    Italian painter, b. at Calvenzano near Bologna, 4 Nov., 1575; d. at Bologna, 18 Aug. 1642. At one ...

    Rennes

    (RHEDONENSIS) Rennes includes the Department of Ille et Vilaine. The Concordat of 1802 ...

    Renty, Gaston Jean Baptiste de

    Born 1611 at the castle of Beni, Diocese of Bayeux in Normandy ; died 24 April, 1649. The only ...

    Renunciation

    ( Latin renuntiare ). A canonical term signifying the resignation of an ecclesiastical ...

    Reordinations

    I. STATE OF THE QUESTION The Oratorian Jean Morin , in the seventeenth century, and Cardinal ...

    Reparation

    Reparation is a theological concept closely connected with those of atonement and satisfaction, ...

    Repington, Philip

    ( Also Repyngdon). Cardinal-priest of the title of SS. Nereus and Achilleus, Bishop of ...

    Repose, Altar of

    (Sometimes called less properly sepulchre or tomb, more frequently repository). The altar ...

    Reputation (as Property)

    It is certain that a man is indefeasibly the owner of what he has been able to produce by his ...

    Requiem, Masses of

    Masses of Requiem will be treated under the following heads: I. Origins; II. Formulary ; III. ...

    Rerum Crerator Optime

    The hymn for Matins of Wednesday in the Divine Office. It comprises four strophes of four ...

    Rerum Deus Tenax Vigor

    The daily hymn for None in the Roman Breviary, comprises (like the hymns for Terce and Sext ...

    Rerum Novarum

    The opening words and the title of the Encyclical issued by Leo XIII, 15 May, 1891, on the ...

    Rescripts, Papal

    ( Latin re-scribere , "to write back") Rescripts are responses of the pope or a Sacred ...

    Reservation

    The restriction in certain cases by a superior of the jurisdiction ordinarily exercised by an ...

    Reserved Cases

    A term used for sins whose absolution is not within the power of every confessor, but is ...

    Residence, Ecclesiastical

    A remaining or abiding where one's duties lie or where one's occupation is properly carried on, ...

    Respicius, Tryphon, and Nympha

    Martyrs whose feast is observed in the Latin Church on 10 November. Tryphon is said to have ...

    Respighi, Lorenzo

    Born at Cortemaggiore, Province of Piacenza, 7 October, 1824; died at Rome, 10 December, 1889. He ...

    Responsorium

    Responsory, or Respond, a series of verses and responses, usually taken from Holy Scripture and ...

    Restitution

    Restitution has a special sense in moral theology. It signifies an act of commutative justice ...

    Resurrection of Jesus Christ

    Resurrection is the rising again from the dead, the resumption of life. In this article, we shall ...

    Resurrection, General

    Resurrection is the rising again from the dead, the resumption of life. The Fourth Lateran ...

    Rethel, Alfred

    Born at Aachen, 1816; died at Düsseldorf, 1859. He combined in a brilliant and forcible ...

    Retreat of the Sacred Heart, Congregation of

    (DAMES DE LA RETRAITE) Originally founded in 1678 under the name of the Institute of Retreat, ...

    Retreats

    If we call a retreat a series of days passed in solitude and consecrated to practices of ...

    Retz, Cardinal de

    ARCHBISHOP OF PARIS Born at the Château of Montmirail, Oct., 1614; died in Paris, 24 ...

    Reuben

    (REUBEN.) A proper name which designates in the Bible : (1) a patriarch; (II) a tribe of ...

    Reuchlin, Johannes

    ( Græcized , Capnion). Celebrated German humanist, b. at Pforzheim, Baden, 22 ...

    Reumont, Alfred von

    Statesman and historian, b. at Aachen, 15 August, 1808; d. there, 27 April, 1887. After finishing ...

    Reusens, Edmond

    Archeologist and historian, b. at Wijneghem (Antwerp), 25 April, 1831; d. at Louvain, 25 Dec., ...

    Reuss

    Name of the two smallest states of the German Confederation, which lie almost in the centre of ...

    Revelation

    I. MEANING OF REVELATION Revelation may be defined as the communication of some truth by God ...

    Revelation, Book of

    Apocalypse, from the verb apokalypto , to reveal, is the name given to the last book in the ...

    Revelations, Private

    There are two kinds of revelations: (1) universal revelations, which are contained in the Bible ...

    Revocation

    The act of recalling or annulling, the reversal of an act, the recalling of a grant, or the making ...

    Revolution, English

    James II, having reached the climax of his power after the successful suppression of Monmouth's ...

    Revolution, French

    The last thirty years have given us a new version of the history of the French Revolution, the ...

    Rex Gloriose Martyrum

    Rex Gloriose Martyrum, the hymn at Lauds in the Common of Martyrs (Commune plurimorum ...

    Rex Sempiterne Cælitum

    The Roman Breviary hymn for Matins of Sundays and weekdays during the Paschal Time (from ...

    Rey, Anthony

    An educator and Mexican War chaplain, born at Lyons, 19 March, 1807; died near Ceralvo, Mexico, ...

    Reynolds, William

    (RAINOLDS, RAYNOLDS, REGINALDUS) Born at Pinhorn near Exeter, about 1544; died at Antwerp, ...

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    Rhætia

    (RHÆTORUM). Prefecture Apostolic in Switzerland ; includes in general the district ...

    Rhaphanæa

    A titular see in Syria Secunda, suffragan of Apamea. Rhaphanæa is mentioned in ancient ...

    Rheinberger, Joseph Gabriel

    A composer and organist, born at Vaduz, in the Principality of Lichtenstein, Bavaria, 17 March, ...

    Rhenish Palatinate

    ( German Rheinpfalz ). A former German electorate. It derives its name from the title of a ...

    Rhesæna

    A titular see in Osrhoene, suffragan of Edessa. Rhesæna (numerous variations of the name ...

    Rhinocolura

    A titular see in Augustamnica Prima, suffragan of Pelusium. Rhinocolura or Rhinocorura was a ...

    Rhithymna

    (RHETHYMNA) A titular see of Crete, suffragan of Gortyna, mentioned by Ptolemy, III, 15, ...

    Rhizus

    ( Rizous .) A titular see of Pontus Polemoniacus suffragan of Neocæsarea, ...

    Rho, Giacomo

    Missionary, born at Milan, 1593; died at Peking 27 April, 1638. He was the son of a noble and ...

    Rhode Island

    The State of Rhode Island and xxyyyk.htm">Providence Plantations, one of the thirteen original ...

    Rhodes

    (RHODUS) A titular metropolitan of the Cyclades. It is an island opposite to Lycia and ...

    Rhodes, Alexandre De

    A missionary and author, born at Avignon, 15 March, 1591; died at Ispahan, Persia, 5 Nov., 1660. ...

    Rhodesia

    A British possession in South Africa, bounded on the north and north-west by the Congo Free ...

    Rhodiopolis

    A titular see of Lycia, suffragan of Myra, called Rhodia by Ptolemy (V, 3) and Stephanus ...

    Rhodo

    A Christian writer who flourished in the time of Commodus (180-92); he was a native of Asia ...

    Rhosus

    A titular see in Cilicia Secunda, suffragan to Anazarba. Rhosus or Rhossus was a seaport ...

    Rhymed Bibles

    The rhymed versions of the Bible are almost entirely collections of the psalms. The oldest ...

    Rhythmical Office

    I. DESCRIPTION, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVISION By rhythmical office is meant a liturgical horary ...

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    Ribadeneira, Pedro de

    (Or RIBADENEYRA and among Spaniards often RIVADENEIRA) Pedro De Ribadeneira was born at ...

    Ribas, Andrés Pérez De

    A pioneer missionary, historian of north-western Mexico; born at Cordova, Spain, 1576; died in ...

    Ribe, Ancient See of, in Denmark (Jutland)

    (RIPAE, RIPENSIS.) The diocese (29 deaneries, 278 parishes ) consisted of the modern ...

    Ribeirao Preto

    (DE RIBERAO PRETO) A suffragan see of the Archdiocese of São Paulo , Brazil, ...

    Ribera, Jusepe de

    Called also SPAGNOLETTO, L'ESPAGNOLET (the little Spaniard) Painter born at Jativa, 12 Jan., ...

    Ricardus Anglicus

    Ricardus Anglicus, Archdeacon of Bologna, was an English priest who was rector of the law ...

    Riccardi, Nicholas

    A theologian, writer and preacher; born at Genoa, 1585; died at Rome, 30 May, 1639. Physically ...

    Ricci, Lorenzo

    General of the Society of Jesus b. at Florence, 2 Aug., 1703; d. at the Castle of Sant' Angelo, ...

    Ricci, Matteo

    Founder of the Catholic missions of China, b. at Macerata in the Papal States, 6 Oct. 1552; ...

    Riccioli, Giovanni Battista

    Italian astronomer, b. at Ferrara 17 April, 1598; d. at Bologna 25 June, 1671. He entered the ...

    Rice, Edmund Ignatius

    Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (better known as "Irish ...

    Rich, St. Edmund

    Archbishop of Canterbury, England, born 20 November, c. 1180, at Abingdon, six miles from ...

    Richard

    A Friar minor and preacher, appearing in history between 1428 and 1431, whose origin and ...

    Richard de Bury

    Bishop and bibliophile, b. near Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, England, 24 Jan., 1286; d. at ...

    Richard de la Vergne, François-Marie-Benjamin

    Archbishop of Paris, born at Nantes, 1 March, 1819; died in Paris, 28 January, 1908. ...

    Richard de Wyche, Saint

    Bishop and confessor, b. about 1197 at Droitwich, Worcestershire, from which his surname is ...

    Richard Fetherston, Blessed

    Priest and martyr ; died at Smithfield, 30 July, 1540. He was chaplain to Catharine of Aragon ...

    Richard I, King Of England

    Richard I, born at Oxford, 6 Sept, 1157; died at Chaluz, France, 6 April, 1199; was known to ...

    Richard of Cirencester

    Chronicler, d. about 1400. He was the compiler of a chronicle from 447 to 1066, entitled "Speculum ...

    Richard of Cornwall

    (RICHARD RUFUS, RUYS, ROSSO, ROWSE). The dates of his birth and death are unknown, but he ...

    Richard of Middletown

    (A MEDIA VILLA). Flourished at the end of the thirteenth century, but the dates of his birth ...

    Richard of St. Victor

    Theologian, native of Scotland, but the date and place of his birth are unknown; d. 1173 and ...

    Richard Thirkeld, Blessed

    Martyr ; b. at Coniscliffe, Durham, England ; d. at York, 29 May, 1583. From Queen's College, ...

    Richard Whiting, Blessed

    Last Abbot of Glastonbury and martyr, parentage and date of birth unknown, executed 15 Nov., ...

    Richard, Charles-Louis

    Theologian and publicist; b. at Blainville-sur-l'Eau, in Lorraine, April, 1711; d. at Mons, ...

    Richardson, Ven. William

    ( Alias Anderson.) Last martyr under Queen Elizabeth; b. according to Challoner at Vales in ...

    Richelieu, Armand-Jean du Plessis, Duke de

    Cardinal ; French statesman, b. in Paris, 5 September, 1585; d. there 4 December 1642. At first ...

    Richmond, Diocese of

    (RICHMONDENSIS.) Suffragan of Baltimore, established 11 July, 1820, comprises the State of ...

    Ricoldo da Monte di Croce

    (PENNINI.) Born at Florence about 1243; d. there 31 October, 1320. After studying in various ...

    Riemenschneider, Tillmann

    One of the most important of Frankish sculptors, b. at Osterode am Harz in or after 1460; d. at ...

    Rienzi, Cola di

    (i.e., NICOLA, son of Lorenzo) A popular tribune and extraordinary historical figure. His ...

    Rieti

    (REATINA). Diocese in Central Italy, immediately subject to the Holy See. The city is ...

    Rievaulx, Abbey of

    (RIEVALL.) Thurston, Archbishop of York, was very anxious to have a monastery of the newly ...

    Riffel, Caspar

    Historian, b. at Budesheim, Bingen, Germany, 19 Jan., 1807, d. at Mainz, 15 Dec., 1856. He ...

    Rigby, John, Saint

    English martyr ; b. about 1570 at Harrocks Hall, Eccleston, Lancashire; executed at St. Thomas ...

    Rigby, Nicholas

    Born 1800 at Walton near Preston, Lancashire; died at Ugthorpe, 7 September, 1886. At twelve years ...

    Right

    Right, as a substantive (my right, his right), designates the object of justice. When a person ...

    Right of Exclusion

    (Latin Jus Exclusivæ . The alleged competence of the more important Catholic ...

    Right of Option

    In canon law an option is a way of obtaining a benefice or a title, by the choice of the new ...

    Right of Voluntary Association

    I. LEGAL RIGHT A voluntary association means any group of individuals freely united for the ...

    Rimbert, Saint

    Archbishop of Bremen - Hamburg, died at Bremen 11 June, 888. It is uncertain whether he was ...

    Rimini

    DIOCESE OF RIMINI (ARIMINUM). Suffragan of Ravenna. Rimini is situated near the coast between ...

    Rimini, Council of

    The second Formula of Sirmium (357) stated the doctrine of the Anomoeans, or extreme Arians. ...

    Rimouski

    DIOCESE OF RIMOUSKI (SANCTI GERMANI DE RIMOUSKI) Suffragan of Quebec, comprises the counties of ...

    Ring of the Fisherman, The

    The earliest mention of the Fisherman's ring worn by the popes is in a letter of Clement IV ...

    Rings

    Although the surviving ancient rings, proved by their devices, provenance, etc., to be of ...

    Rinuccini, Giovanni Battista

    Born at Rome, 1592; d. at Fermo, 1653; was the son of a Florentine patrician, his mother being a ...

    Rio Negro

    Prefecture Apostolic in Brazil, bounded on the south by a line running westwards from the ...

    Rio, Alexis-François

    French writer on art, b. on the Island of Arz, Department of Morbihan, 20 May, 1797; d. 17 June, ...

    Riobamba

    Diocese of (Bolivarensis), suffragan of Quito, Ecuador, erected by Pius IX, 5 January, 1863. ...

    Rioja, Francisco de

    A poet, born at Seville, 1583; died at Madrid, 1659. Rioja was a canon in the cathedral at ...

    Ripalda, Juan Martínez de

    Theologian, b. at Pamplona, Navarre, 1594; d. at Madrid, 26 April, 1648. He entered the Society ...

    Ripatransone

    (RIPANENSIS). Diocese in Ascoli Piceno, Central Italy. The city is situated on five hills, ...

    Ripon, Marquess of

    George Frederick Samuel Robinson, K.G., P.C., G.C.S.I., F.R.S., Earl de Grey, Earl of Ripon, ...

    Risby, Richard

    Born in the parish of St. Lawrence, Reading, 1489; executed at Tyburn, London, 20 April, 1534. ...

    Rishanger, William

    Chronicler, b. at Rishangles, Suffolk, about ú d. after 1312. He became a Benedictine at ...

    Rishton, Edward

    Born in Lancashire, 1550; died at Sainte-Ménehould, Lorraine, 29 June, 1585. He was ...

    Rita of Cascia, Saint

    Born at Rocca Porena in the Diocese of Spoleto , 1386; died at the Augustinian convent of ...

    Rites

    I. NAME AND DEFINITION Ritus in classical Latin in means primarily, the form and manner of any ...

    Rites in the United States

    Since immigration from the eastern portion of Europe and from Asia and Africa set in with ...

    Ritschlianism

    Ritschlianism is a peculiar conception of the nature and scope of Christianity, widely held in ...

    Ritter, Joseph Ignatius

    Historian, b. at Schweinitz, Silesia, 12 April, 1787; d. at Breslau, 5 Jan., 1857. He pursued his ...

    Ritual

    The Ritual ( Rituale Romanum ) is one of the official books of the Roman Rite. It contains all ...

    Ritualists

    The word "Ritualists" is the term now most commonly employed to denote that advanced section of ...

    Rivington, Luke

    Born in London, May, 1838; died in London, 30 May, 1899; fourth son of Francis Rivington, a ...

    Rizal, José Mercado

    Filipino hero, physician, poet, novelist, and sculptor ; b. at Calamba, Province of La Laguna, ...

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    Robbers, Seven

    (Septem Latrones), martyrs on the Island of Corcyra (Corfu) in the second century. Their ...

    Robbia, Andrea della

    Nephew, pupil, assistant, and sharer of Luca's secrets, b. at Florence, 1431; d. 1528. It is ...

    Robbia, Lucia di Simone

    Sculptor, b. at Florence, 1400; d. 1481. He is believed to have studied design with a goldsmith, ...

    Robert Bellarmine, Saint

    (Also, "Bellarmino"). A distinguished Jesuit theologian, writer, and cardinal, born at ...

    Robert Johnson, Blessed

    Born in Shropshire, entered the German College, Rome, 1 October, 1571. Ordained priest at ...

    Robert of Arbrissel

    Itinerant preacher, founder of Fontevrault, b. c. 1047 at Arbrissel (now Arbressec) near ...

    Robert of Courçon

    (DE CURSONE, DE CURSIM, CURSUS, ETC.). Cardinal, born at Kedleston, England ; died at ...

    Robert of Geneva

    Antipope under the name of Clement VII, b. at Geneva, 1342; d. at Avignon, 16 Sept., 1394. He ...

    Robert of Jumièges

    Archbishop of Canterbury (1051-2). Robert Champart was a Norman monk of St. Ouen at Rouen ...

    Robert of Luzarches

    (LUS). Born at Luzarches near Pontoise towards the end of the twelfth century; is said to have ...

    Robert of Melun

    (DE MELDUNO; MELIDENSIS; MEIDUNUS). An English philosopher and theologian, b. in England ...

    Robert of Molesme, Saint

    Born about the year 1029, at Champagne, France, of noble parents who bore the names of Thierry ...

    Robert of Newminster, Saint

    Born in the district of Craven, Yorkshire, probably at the village of Gargrave; died 7 June, 1159. ...

    Robert Pullus

    (PULLEN, PULLAN, PULLY.) See also ROBERT PULLEN. Cardinal, English philosopher and ...

    Robert, Saint

    Founder of the Abbey of Chaise-Dieu in Auvergne, b. at Aurilac, Auvergne, about 1000; d. in ...

    Roberts, Saint John

    First Prior of St. Gregory's, Douai (now Downside Abbey ), b. 1575-6; martyred 10 ...

    Robertson, James Burton

    Historian, b. in London 15 Nov., 1800; d. at Dublin 14 Feb., 1877, son of Thomas Robertson, a ...

    Robinson, Venerable Christopher

    Born at Woodside, near Westward, Cumberland, date unknown; executed at Carlisle, 19 Aug., 1598. ...

    Robinson, William Callyhan

    Jurist and educator, b. 26 July, 1834, at Norwich, Conn.; d. 6 Nov., 1911, at Washington, D.C. ...

    Rocaberti, Juan Tomás de

    Theologian, b. of a noble family at Perelada, in Catalina, c. 1624; d. at Madrid 13 June, 1699. ...

    Rocamadour

    Communal chief town of the canton of Gramat, district of Gourdon, Department of Lot, in the ...

    Rocca, Angelo

    Founder of the Angelica Library at Rome, b. at Rocca, now Arecevia, near Ancone, 1545; d. at ...

    Roch, Saint

    Born at Montpellier towards 1295; died 1327. His father was governor of that city. At his birth ...

    Rochambeau, Jean-Baptiste-Donatien

    Marshal, b. at Vendôme, France, 1 July, 1725; d. at Thoré, 10 May, 1807. At the age ...

    Roche, Alanus de la

    ( Sometimes DE LA ROCHE). Born about 1428; died at Zwolle in Holland, 8 September, 1475. ...

    Rochester, Ancient See of

    (ROFFA; ROFFENSIS). The oldest and smallest of all the suffragan sees of Canterbury, was ...

    Rochester, Blessed John

    Priest and martyr, born probably at Terling, Essex, England, about 1498; died at York, 11 May, ...

    Rochester, Diocese of

    This diocese, on its establishment by separation from the See of Buffalo, 24 January, 1868, ...

    Rochet

    An over-tunic usually made of fine white linen (cambric; fine cotton material is also allowed), ...

    Rochette, Désiré Raoul

    Usually known as Raoul-Rochette, a French archeologist, b. at St. Amand (Cher), 9 March, 1789; d. ...

    Rock, Daniel

    Antiquarian and ecclesiologist, b. at Liverpool, 31 August, 1799; d. at Kensington, London, 28 ...

    Rockford, Diocese of

    (ROCKFORDIENSIS). Created 23 September, 1908, comprises Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, ...

    Rockhampton

    Diocese in Queensland, Australia. In 1862 Father Duhig visited the infant settlement on the banks ...

    Rococo Style

    This style received its name in the nineteenth century from French émigrés , who ...

    Rodez

    (RUTHENAE) The Diocese of Rodez was united to the Diocese of Cahors by the Concordat of ...

    Rodrigues Ferreira, Alexandre

    A Brazilian natural scientist and explorer, b. at Bahia in 1756; d. at Lisbon in 1815. He ...

    Rodriguez, Alonso

    Born at Valladolid, Spain, 1526; died at Seville 21 February, 1616. When twenty years of age he ...

    Rodriguez, Joao

    (GIRAM, GIRAO, GIRON, ROIZ). Missionary and author, b. at Alcochete in the Diocese of Lisbon ...

    Rodriguez, Saint Alphonsus

    (Also Alonso). Born at Segovia in Spain, 25 July, 1532; died at Majorca, 31 October, 1617. ...

    Roe, Bartholomew

    (VENERABLE ALBAN). English Benedictine martyr, b. in Suffolk, 1583; executed at Tyburn, 21 ...

    Roermond

    (RUBAEMUNDENSIS). Diocese in Holland ; suffragan of Utrecht. It includes the Province of ...

    Rogation Days

    Days of prayer, and formerly also of fasting, instituted by the Church to appease God's anger ...

    Roger Bacon

    Philosopher, surnamed D OCTOR M IRABILIS , b. at Ilchester, Somersetshire, about 1214; d. at ...

    Roger Cadwallador, Venerable

    English martyr, b. at Stretton Sugwas, near Hereford, in 1568; executed at Leominster, 27 Aug., ...

    Roger of Wendover

    Benedictine monk, date of birth unknown; d. 1236, the first of the great chroniclers of St. ...

    Roger, Bishop of Worcester

    Died at Tours, 9 August, 1179. A younger son of Robert, Earl of Gloucester, he was educated ...

    Roh, Peter

    Born at Conthey (Gunthis) in the canton of Valais ( French Switzerland ), 14 August, 1811; d. at ...

    Rohault de Fleury

    A family of French architects and archaeologists of the nineteenth century, of which the most ...

    Rohrbacher, Réné François

    Ecclesiastical historian, b. at Langatte (Langd) in the present Diocese of Metz, 27 September, ...

    Rojas y Zorrilla, Francisco de

    Spanish dramatic poet, b. at Toledo, 4 Oct., 1607; d. 1680. Authentic information regarding the ...

    Rokewode, John Gage

    Born 13 Sept., 1786; died at Claughton Hall, Lancashire, 14 Oct., 1842. He was the fourth son of ...

    Rolduc

    (RODA DUCIS, also Roda, Closterroda or Hertogenrade). Located in S. E. Limburg, Netherlands. ...

    Rolfus, Hermann

    Catholic educationist, b. at Freiburg, 24 May, 1821; d. at Buhl, near Offenburg, 27 October, ...

    Rolle de Hampole, Richard

    Solitary and writer, b. at Thornton, Yorkshire, about 1300; d. at Hampole, 29 Sept., 1349. The ...

    Rollin, Charles

    Born in Paris, 1661; died there, 1741. The son of a cutler, intended to follow his father's ...

    Rolls Series

    A collection of historical materials of which the general scope is indicated by its official ...

    Rolph, Thomas

    Surgeon, b. 1800; d. at Portsmouth, 17 Feb., 1858. He was a younger son of Dr. Thomas Rolph and ...

    Roman Catacombs

    This subject will be treated under seven heads: I. Position; II. History; III. Inscriptions; IV. ...

    Roman Catechism

    This catechism differs from other summaries of Christian doctrine for the instruction of the ...

    Roman Catholic

    A qualification of the name Catholic commonly used in English-speaking countries by those ...

    Roman Catholic Relief Bill

    IN ENGLAND With the accession of Queen Elizabeth (1558) commenced the series of legislative ...

    Roman Christian Cemeteries, Early

    This article treats briefly of the individual catacomb cemeteries in the vicinity of Rome. For ...

    Roman Colleges

    This article treats of the various colleges in Rome which have been founded under ...

    Roman Congregations

    Certain departments have been organized by the Holy See at various times to assist it in the ...

    Roman Curia

    Strictly speaking, the ensemble of departments or ministries which assist the sovereign pontiff ...

    Roman Processional

    Strictly speaking it might be said that the Processional has no recognized place in the Roman ...

    Roman Rite, The

    ( Ritus romanus ). The Roman Rite is the manner of celebrating the Holy Sacrifice, ...

    Romanos Pontifices, Constitutio

    The restoration by Pius IX, 29 Sept. 1850, by letters Apostolic "Universalis ecclesiæ" of ...

    Romanos, Saint

    Surnamed ho melodos and ho theorrhetor , poet of the sixth century. The only authority for ...

    Romans, Epistle to the

    This subject will be treated under the following heads: I. The Roman Church and St. Paul; II. ...

    Romanus, Pope

    Of this pope very little is known with certainty, not even the date of his birth nor the exact ...

    Romanus, Saints

    (1) A Roman martyr Romanus is mentioned in the "Liber Pontificalis" (ed. Duchesne, I, 155) ...

    Rome

    The significance of Rome lies primarily in the fact that it is the city of the pope. The Bishop ...

    Rome, University of

    The University of Rome must be distinguished from the "Studium Generale apud Curiam", established ...

    Romero, Juan

    Missionary and Indian linguist, b. in the village of Machena, Andalusia, Spain, 1559; d. at ...

    Romuald, Saint

    Born at Ravenna, probably about 950; died at Val-di-Castro, 19 June, 1027. St. Peter Damian, his ...

    Romulus Augustulus

    Deposed in the year 476, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire. His reign was purely ...

    Ronan, Saint

    There are twelve Irish saints bearing the name of Ronan commemorated in the "Martyrology of ...

    Ronsard, Pierre de

    French poet, b. 2 (or 11) Sept., 1524, at the Château de la Poissonniere, near ...

    Rood

    (Anglo-Saxon Rod, or Rode, "cross"), a term, often used to signify the True Cross itself, ...

    Roothaan, Johann Philipp

    Twenty-first General of the Society of Jesus , b. at Amsterdam, 23 November, 1785; d. at Rome, ...

    Roper, William

    Biographer of St. Thomas More, born 1496; died 4 January, 1578. Both his father and mother ...

    Rorate Coeli

    (Vulgate, text), the opening words of Isaiah 45:8 . The text is used frequently both at Mass and ...

    Rosa, Salvatore

    (Also spelled SALVATOR; otherwise known as RENNELLA, or ARENELLA, from the place of his birth). ...

    Rosalia, Saint

    Hermitess, greatly venerated at Palermo and in the whole of Sicily of which she in patroness. ...

    Rosary, Breviary Hymns of the

    The proper office granted by Leo XIII (5 August, 1888) to the feast contains four hymns ...

    Rosary, Confraternity of the

    In accordance with the conclusion of the article ROSARY no sufficient evidence is forthcoming to ...

    Rosary, Feast of the Holy

    Apart from the signal defeat of the Albigensian heretics at the battle of Muret in 1213 which ...

    Rosary, Seraphic

    ( Or Seraphic Rosary.) A Rosary consisting of seven decades in commemoration of the seven ...

    Rosary, The

    Please see our How to Recite the Holy Rosary sheet in PDF format, and feel free to copy and ...

    Rosate, Alberico de

    (Or ROSCIATE). Jurist, date of birth unknown; died in 1354. He was bom in the village of ...

    Roscelin

    Roscelin, a monk of Compiègne, was teaching as early as 1087. He had contact with ...

    Roscommon

    Capital of County Roscommon, Ireland ; owes origin and name to a monastery founded by St. Coman ...

    Rose of Lima, Saint

    Virgin, patroness of America, born at Lima, Peru 20 April, 1586; died there 30 August, 1617. ...

    Rose of Viterbo, Saint

    Virgin, born at Viterbo, 1235; died 6 March, 1252. The chronology of her life must always remain ...

    Rose Window

    A circular window, with mullions and traceries generally radiating from the centre, and filled ...

    Rosea

    A titular see. The official catalogue of the Roman Curia mentioned formerly a titular see of ...

    Roseau

    (ROSENSIS). Diocese ; suffragan of Port of Spain, Trinidad, B.W.I. The different islands of ...

    Rosecrans, William Starke

    William Born at Kingston, Ohio, U.S.A. 6 Sept., 1819; died near Redondo California, 11 March, ...

    Roseline, Saint

    (Rossolina.) Born at Château of Arcs in eastern Provence, 1263; d. 17 January, 1329. ...

    Rosenau

    ( Hungarian ROZSNYÓ; Latin ROSNAVIENSIS). Diocese in Hungary, suffragan of Eger, ...

    Rosh Hashanah

    The first day of Tishri (October), the seventh month of the Hebrew year. Two trumpets are ...

    Rosicrucians

    The original appelation of the alleged members of the occult-cabalistic- theosophic "Rosicrucian ...

    Roskilde, Ancient See of, in Denmark

    (ROSCHILDIA, ROSKILDENSIS.) Suffragan to Hamburg, about 991-1104, to Lund, 1104-1536. The ...

    Roskoványi, August

    Bishop of Neutra in Hungary, doctor of philosophy and theology, b. at Szenna in the County ...

    Rosmini and Rosminianism

    Antonio Rosmini Serbati, philosopher, and founder of the Institute of Charity, born 24 March, ...

    Rosminians

    The Institute of Charity, or, officially, Societas a charitate nuncupata , is a religious ...

    Ross

    (ROSSENSIS). Diocese in Ireland. This see was founded by St. Fachtna, and the place-name ...

    Ross, School of

    The School of Ross &151; now called Ross-Carbery, but formerly Ross-Ailithir from the large ...

    Rossano

    (ROSSANENSIS). Archdiocese in Calabria, province of Cosenza, Southern Italy. The city is ...

    Rosselino, Antonio di Matteo di Domenico

    The youngest of five brothers, sculptors and stone cutters, family name Gamberelli (1427-78). He ...

    Rosselino, Bernardo

    (Properly BERNARDO DI MATTEO GAMBARELLI.) B. at Florence, 1409; d. 1464. Rosselino occupies ...

    Rosselli, Cosimo

    (LORENZO DI FILIPPO). Italian fresco painter, b. at Florence, 1439; d. there in 1507. The ...

    Rossi, Bernardo de

    (DE RUBEIS, GIOVANNI FRANCESCO BERNARDO MARIA). Theologian and historian; b. at Cividale del ...

    Rossi, Giovanni Battista de

    A distinguished Christian archaeologist , best known for his work in connection with the Roman ...

    Rossi, Pellegrino

    Publicist, diplomat, economist, and statesman, b. at Carrara, Italy, 13 July, 1787; assassinated ...

    Rossini, Gioacchino Antonio

    Born 29 February, 1792, at Pesaro in the Romagna; died 13 November, 1868, at Passy, near Paris. ...

    Rostock, Sebastian von

    Bishop of Breslau, b. at Grottkau, Silesia, 24 Aug. 1607; d. at Breslau, 9 June, 1671. He ...

    Rostock, University of

    Located in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, founded in the year 1419 through the united efforts of Dukes John ...

    Roswitha

    A celebrated nun -poetess of the tenth century, whose name has been given in various forms, ...

    Rota, Sacra Romana

    In the Constitution "Sapienti Consilio" (29 June, 1908), II, 2, Pins X re-established the Sacra ...

    Roth, Heinrich

    Missionary in India and Sanskrit scholar, b. of illustrious parentage at Augsburg, 18 December, ...

    Rothe, David

    Bishop of Ossory ( Ireland ), b. at Kilkenny in 1573, of a distinguished family ; d. 20 ...

    Rottenburg

    (ROTTENBURGENSIS). Diocese ; suffragan of the ecclesiastical Province of the Upper Rhine. It ...

    Rotuli

    Rotuli, i.e. rolls — in which a long narrow strip of papyrus or parchment, written on one ...

    Rouen, Archdiocese of

    (ROTHOMAGENSIS) Revived by the Concordat of 1802 with the Sees of Bayeux, Evreux, and ...

    Rouen, Synods of

    The first synod is generally believed to have been held by Archbishop Saint-Ouen about 650. ...

    Rouquette, Adrien

    Born in Louisiana in 1813, of French parentage; died as a missionary among the Choctaw Indians ...

    Rousseau, Jean-Baptiste

    French poet, b. in Paris, 16 April 1670; d. at La Genette, near Brussels, 17 May, 1741. ...

    Rovezzano, Benedetto da

    Sculptor and architect, b. in 1490, either at Rovezzano, near Florence, or, according to some ...

    Rowsham, Stephen

    A native of Oxfordshire, entered Oriel College, Oxford, in 1572. He took orders in the English ...

    Royal Declaration, The

    This is the name most commonly given to the solemn repudiation of Catholicity which, in ...

    Royer-Collard, Pierre-Paul

    Philosopher and French politician, b. at Sompuis (Marne), 21 June, 1763; d. at ...

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    Ruadhan, Saint

    One of the twelve "Apostles of Erin" ; died at the monastery of Lorrha, County Tipperary, ...

    Ruben

    (REUBEN.) A proper name which designates in the Bible : (1) a patriarch; (II) a tribe of ...

    Rubens, Peter Paul

    Eminent Flemish painter, b. at Siegen, Westphalia, 28 June, 1577; d. at Antwerp, 30 May, 1640. ...

    Rubrics

    I. IDEA Among the ancients, according to Columella, Vitruvius, and Pliny, the word rubrica , ...

    Rubruck, William

    (Also called William of Rubruck and less correctly Ruysbrock, Ruysbroek, and Rubruquis), ...

    Rudolf of Fulda

    Chronicler, d. at Fulda, 8 March, 862. In the monastery of Fulda Rudolf entered the ...

    Rudolf of Habsburg

    German king, b. 1 May 1218; d. at Speyer, 15 July, 1291. He was the son of Albert IV, the founder ...

    Rudolf of Rüdesheim

    Bishop of Breslau, b. at Rüdesheim on the Rhine, about 1402; d. at Breslau in Jan., 1482. ...

    Rudolf von Ems

    [Hohenems in Austria ]. A Middle High German epic poet of the thirteenth century. Almost ...

    Rueckers, Family of

    Famous organ and piano-forte builders of Antwerp. Hans Rueckers, the founder, lived in ...

    Ruffini, Paolo

    Physician and mathematician, b. at Valentano in the Duchy of Castro, 3 Sept., 1765; d. at Modena, ...

    Rufford Abbey

    A monastery of the Cistercian Order, situated on the left bank of the Rainworth Water, about ...

    Rufina, Saints

    The present Roman Martyrology records saints of this name on the following days: (1) On ...

    Rufinus, Saint

    The present Roman Martyrology records eleven saints named Rufinus: (1) On 28 February, a ...

    Rufus, Saint

    The present Roman Martyrology records ten saints of this name. Historical mention is made of ...

    Ruiz de Alarcón y Mendoza, Juan de

    Spanish dramatic poet, b. at Mexico City, about 1580; d. at Madrid, 4 August, 1639. He received ...

    Ruiz de Montoya, Antonio

    One of the most distinguished pioneers of the original Jesuit mission in Paraguay, and a ...

    Ruiz de Montoya, Diego

    Theologian, b. at Seville, 1562; d. there 15 March, 1632. He entered the Society of Jesus in ...

    Rule of Faith, The

    The word rule ( Latin regula , Gr. kanon ) means a standard by which something can be ...

    Rule of St. Augustine

    The title, Rule of Saint Augustine , has been applied to each of the following documents: ...

    Rule of St. Benedict

    This work holds the first place among monastic legislative codes, and was by far the most ...

    Rumania

    A kingdom in the Balkan Peninsula, situated between the Black Sea, the Danube, the Carpathian ...

    Rumohr, Karl Friedrich

    Art historian, b. at Dresden, 1785; d. there, 1843. He became a Catholic in 1804. He was ...

    Rupe, Alanus de

    ( Sometimes DE LA ROCHE). Born about 1428; died at Zwolle in Holland, 8 September, 1475. ...

    Rupert, Saint

    (Alternative forms, Ruprecht, Hrodperht, Hrodpreht, Roudbertus, Rudbertus, Robert, Ruprecht). ...

    Rusaddir

    A titular see of Mauritania Tingitana. Rusaddir is a Phoenician settlement whose name ...

    Rusicade

    A titular see of Numidia. It is mentioned by Ptolemy (IV, 3), Mela (I, 33), Pliny (V, 22), ...

    Ruspe

    Titular see of Byzacena in Africa, mentioned only by Ptolemy (IV, 3) and the "Tabula" of ...

    Russell, Charles

    (BARON RUSSELL OF KILLOWEN). Born at Newry, Ireland, 10 November, 1832; died in London, 10 ...

    Russell, Charles William

    Born at Killough, Co. Down, 14 May, 1812; died at Dublin 26 Feb., 1880. He was descended from the ...

    Russell, Richard

    Bishop of Vizéu in Portugal, b. in Berkshire, 1630; d. at Vizéu, 15 Nov., 1693. He ...

    Russia

    GEOGRAPHY Russia ( Rossiiskaia Imperiia; Russkoe Gosudarstvo ) comprises the greater part of ...

    Russia, The Religion of

    A. The Origin of Russian Christianity There are two theories in regard to the early Christianity ...

    Russian Language and Literature

    The subject will be treated under the following heads, viz. RUSSIAN LANGUAGE; ANCIENT POPULAR ...

    Rusticus of Narbonne, Saint

    Born either at Marseilles or at Narbonnaise, Gaul; died 26 Oct., 461. According to biographers, ...

    Ruth, Book of

    One of the proto-canonical writings of the Old Testament, which derives its name from the heroine ...

    Ruthenian Rite

    There is, properly speaking, no separate and distinct rite for the Ruthenians, but inasmuch as ...

    Ruthenians

    (Ruthenian and Russian: Rusin , plural Rusini ) A Slavic people from Southern Russia, ...

    Rutter, Henry

    ( vere BANISTER) Born 26 Feb., 1755; died 17 September, 1838, near Dodding Green, ...

    Ruvo and Bitonto

    (RUBENSIS ET BITUNTINENSIS) Diocese in the Province of Bari, Aquileia, Southern Italy. Ruvo, ...

    Ruysbroeck, Blessed John

    Surnamed the Admirable Doctor, and the Divine Doctor, undoubtedly the foremost of the Flemish ...

    Ruysch, John

    Astronomer, cartographer, and painter, born at Utrecht about 1460; died at Cologne, 1533. Little ...

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    Ryan, Father Abram J.

    The poet-priest of the South, born at Norfolk, Virginia, 15 August, 1839; died at Louisville, ...

    Ryan, Patrick John

    Sixth Bishop and second Archbishop of Philadelphia, b. At Thurles, County Tipperary, ...

    Ryder, Henry Ignatius Dudley

    English Oratorian priest and controversialist, b. 3 Jan., 1837; d. at Edgbaston, Birmingham, 7 ...

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