Eunuchs of the Kingdom. Interpretation of Matthew 19:12 in the Early Christian Movement

“Vocation in the Flesh”: Gender and Embodiment in Religious Anthropology of Contemporary Catholicism

In the early and medieval Christian tradition, the gendered body was understood as both an obstacle to the cultivation of virtues and a potential medium of transgression. The contemporary Catholic anthropology has another view of the subject’s body and its senses and desires. This article is concerned with the pastoral project of encouraging priestly and monastic callings in the Russian Catholic parishes. It also specifically looks at its rhetoric, placing significant emphasis on gendered embodiment.

Taking the Holy Communion in Soviet Era: Practices of the Russian Orthodox Laity

The paper uses the method of historical anthropology to look at the evolution of the practice of the Holy Communion in the Russian Orthodox Church during the Soviet era. The author shows that the frequency of individual communion increased in 5-10 times comparing to the pre-Revolutionary period when it was usually practiced no more than once a year.