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THE HISTORY OF FOUNDATION AND BECOMING OF TAMBOV ASCENSION NUNNERY IN THE SYNODICAL PERIOD

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The history of Tambov Ascension nunnery foundation is shown. The issues of spiritual growth of nunnery inhabitants, origin and prosperity of monastic life, material consolidation of nunnery: building of churches, enlargement of the territory, appearance and development of monastery workshops. The statistics about the amount of nunnery inhabitants, comparative analysis on the number of novitiates, nuns and educatees of Saint-Olga school for orphan-girls in the period of 1785 till 1911 are presented. The attention is paid to the study of some hegumenias’ activity, contributing in improvement of spiritual and material basis of the nunnery (Katerina, Eupraxia, Yevgeniya, Antonia). The types of handicrafts, made by nuns and novitiates both for celebration of divine service of the nunnery and for sale to laypeople to fill the coffers are listed. The significant element is publication of the report of the bishop of Tambov and Shatsk Kirill after carrying out the inspection according to the decree of the Holy Synod from 12th July 1910. This document was found in Russian State Historical Archive and is published for the first time. The report gives the analysis of demographic situation in the nunnery, social and economic activity of the nuns. The problems of spiritual and material state of nuns and nunnery are pointed out. According to the results of consideration of the report and petition of the bishop of Tambov and Shatsk Kirill Tambov Ascension paying nunnery was transferred in the status of cenobitic. This status was kept after the nunnery until its full closure in 1929.

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Tambov Ascension nunnery; cenobitic nunnery; social activity

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2016-09-08

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