Orthodox America

  Tsar Peter's Proclamation

His Majesty Peter the Great, Emperor and Autocrat of All Russia, issued an ukas (order) which was proclaimed in Moscow to all the people. It stated that in cathedrals; monasteries and in parish churches during the singing of the Divine Liturgy, the faithful should stand quietly and listen with great devotion to the services.  If anybody, during the singing, started to talk and fidget, that person would be penalized by a fine in the amount of one ruble (at that time a very stiff fine).  The fine was to be used for church needs... 

(Reprinted from "Orthodox Wav,"  June 19, 1983)