On November 12, the Metropolitan Macarius Award ceremony took place in Moscow. In tsarist Russia, the award was one of the most prestigious prizes for research in the fields of history, military arts, theology and philosophy. The award was established in 1867 and revived only in 1995.
The Metropolitan Macarius Award was bestowed on 21 authors for their books: new research works on source studies, ecclesiology, cultural studies, and Moscow studies.
“It is gratifying that, over recent years, the Award has become a major prize for historical studies. Representatives from the country’s best universities, academic institutions, museums, educational societies, libraries, and a large number of scholars from various regions of Russia and from abroad are involved in the committee’s work,” noted Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
This year, some researchers have focused particularly on the subject of the Middle East, whose sacred relics and places are currently in danger due to the military conflicts in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and other countries. One example is the winner of the second place award in the “History of Orthodox Countries and Peoples” category: Mikhail Yakushev, a Board Member of the Endowment for St Andrew the First-Called Foundation, for his work “Christian Subjects of the Ottoman Empire – Patriarchate of Antioch and Jerusalem – in the Policies of the Russian Empire (1830s – early 1900s)”.
“The work was written over the course of almost 10 years. And the discoveries I made are, above all, for me. It covers the Crimean War, World War I and the failure that befell the Russian Empire in that chronological period,” said Mikhail Yakushev.
The next contest, which will be held in 2014–15, has already been announced. Organizers stress the importance of the fact that during this period, works relating to the 700th anniversary of the birth of Sergius of Radonezh and the centenary of the beginning of World War I will appear.