Niekoľko postrehov k liturgickej „reforme“ Jozafáta Kunceviča
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A Few Remarks on the Liturgical "Reform" of Josaphat Kuncevič
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The Archbishop of Polotsk Josaphat Kuncevič supposedly supervised over the editorial work on the liturgicon published in Vilnius in 1617, although the references suggesting this do not appear very persuasive. Such a reference, however, cannot be neglected and a survey of the sources is consequently necessary. The present paper demonstrates the extent of Josaphat’s reforming efforts in the liturgical ritual, based on three documents of his authorship, the Catechismus, the Regulae, and the Constitutiones. The liturgicon Vilnius of 1617 has also been examined. A comparison of Jospahat’s intentions published in his documents with the liturgicon Vilnius 1617 supposedly co-edited by him, resulted in the following conclusions: 1) Josphat’s intention was not to reform any liturgical ritual; the opposite is true – he was interested in maintaining the rite untouched and pure in its form; 2) It is impossible to prove that Josaphat was or was not co-editor of the liturgicon Vilnius of 1617; 3) If he was a co-editor, the rubrics of the liturgicon are too austere to prove Josaphat’s ideas to be included in it (with an exception of one).
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