Divnogortseva Svetlana

Canonised New Martyrs and confessors of Russian Orthodox Church: their pedagogical activity and views in the late 19th – early 20th centuries

Divnogortseva Svetlana (2018) "Canonised New Martyrs and confessors of Russian Orthodox Church: their pedagogical activity and views in the late 19th – early 20th centuries ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia IV : Pedagogika. Psihologiia, 2018, vol. 48, pp. 92-104 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIV201848.92-104


The article deals with the pedagogical activity and views of some hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church, who were later glorifi ed as saints. The basis of the article is the database “New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Orthodox Church of the 20th Century» developed at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, as well as scientifi c works, publications of sermons and pedagogical works of the martyrs. The author of the article comes to the following conclusion: realising the complexities and risks of the political and sociocultural situation in Russia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the clergy of the Russian Church made very signifi cant attempts to overcome the indiff erent and negative attitude of the population towards Orthodox religion. As a result of the analysis of their activities, the article identifi es three main areas of their work, which are: measures to improve the eff ectiveness of teaching and enhance the impact of religious education; strengthening the socio-methodological and scientifi c-methodological directions in addressing this issue; expansion of religious and educational activities among all strata of the population; appeal to the future priests and teachers, to the congregation through preaching, the call for spiritual and moral perfection through the printed word and publication of works on religious education and upbringing.


new martyrs and confessors of Russian Orthodox Church, pedagogical activity, religious education, upbringing, enlightenment


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Information about the author

Divnogortseva Svetlana

Academic Degree: Doctor of Sciences* in Education;
Academic Rank: Associate Professor;
Place of work: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities; 6/1 Likhov pereulok, Moscow 127051, Russian Federation; Head of the Department;
Post: Head of Department of the pedagogy and methodology of primary education;
ORCID: 0000-0002-4143-2614;
Email: sdivnogortseva@mail.ru.

*According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.


The article is written in 2018 within the framework of the project "Church and School in Russia in the period 1900-1918" supported by PSTGU Development Foundation.