Small Icon belonging to Romanian Old Calendarist believer



Small Icon belonging to Romanian Old Calendarist believer
Icoană de dimensiuni mici aparținând unui credincios vechi calendarist


These images depicts a small icon that was confiscated by the secret police from an Old Calendarist believer. The first image shows the front of the icon, which portrays what seems to be the fight between good and evil, the holy trinity, angels, saints, numerous religious symbols, as well as two priests that are praying for the soul of a dying man. The second image shows the back of the small icon which has a short text. The first part of the text is indecipherable, but the second part states: “[...] Pray this prayer and feel that fear comes into your blood and body. Look at the dead man and how his soul is going up, towards the heavens.” It also mentions the name of the person to whom the icon belonged, which was “Păun”.
According to the police reports included in the file, Păun was a “mystical person, a fanatic for his faith which was the old style,” referring to his adherence to the pre-reform Julian Calendar. He sent numerous requests to the state authorities, asking for the reopening of the Old Calendarist church in Păunești, Vrancea county. The church was closed in 1971, at which point Păun began sending letters in which he pleaded for the legalization of the Old Calendarist church. Apart from this small icon, the file contains a few papers on which he wrote Psalms and prayers. It is not certain if these items were confiscated from him by the police or if he attached them to the letters that he sent to the authorities. However, the reports state that he was threatened by the police on numerous occasions due to his insistent letters in which he would sometimes include “mystical materials.”

This image can be found in the file CNSAS, I 1075010, vol. 4. Apart from this photo, the files also contains police reports, lists of names, three more photos and other items that belonged to Păun.

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Religion and State--Europe
Religion -- History -- 20th century
Religion and Politics-- Europe
Secret police (secret service)
Romania. Securitate
Communism and Christianity--Europe, Eastern
Communism and religion
Communism--Europe, Eastern--History--20th century
Material culture--Religious aspects
Religious groups
Icons, Romanian


Iuliana Cindrea


Consiliul Național pentru Studierea Arhivelor Securității
CNSAS, I 1075010, vol. 4.


This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme No . 677355




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CNSAS, I 1075010, vol. 4.


20th Century, Romania

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Iuliana Cindrea, "Small Icon belonging to Romanian Old Calendarist believer"

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