The chapter focuses on one of the ways to communicate with the sacred popular among contemporary Russian Orthodox believers – written appealing to the saints (letters and notes). Although not happy at all about this habit, the Church managers allow to publish these letters in the parish newspapers and web-sites and in other church mass-media. Analysis of publications of the letters addressed to Saint Xenia of Petersburg proves that the Church publishes them as a part of its advertising campaign targeted on those people who prefer irregular religiosity (pilgrimages, letters to the saint, etc) to traditional regular parish life. The chapter develops Peter Berger’s metaphor of religious market.
This edited documentary collection is devoted to Southern Viatka (Russia) as one of the interesting regions of the Old Believers' culture. It includes the historical and polemical texts of the Old Believers, the Old Believers communities documentation, and the folk hermeneutics. Published together, they show the history of local Old Believer denominations in the context of the Orthodox history and provide new data on the Old Believers of the Volga area, Udmurtia, and other locations.