Report, or Account, of the partial council which took place in illustrious Moscow against the erstwhile Patriarch Nikon, composed by the humble Metropolitan of Gaza, kyr Paisios Ligaridis of Chios (English)
Detailed and partisan account of the proceedings of the 1666-1667 Muscovite council that deposed the self-exiled Patriarch Nikon of Moscow “and of All Rus’” (1658-1666). The Report is divided into three parts. The first one begins with the Grand Prince of Muscovy Ivan IV assuming the title of Tsar, with the creation of the Moscow Patriarchate, and with an exposé of thee privileges of each Patriarchal See; in continues with Nikon being elected Patriarch, with his “abdication”, and with an account of the failed efforts to depose him; it describes Ligaridis’ arrival in Russia, his involvement in the “case”, and his efforts to engage the Eastern Patriarchs in the conflict; it ends with Paisios of Alexandria and Makāriyūs of Antioch entering Moscow. The second part of the Report presents extensively the works and the decisions of the synod that condemned Nikon. The last part centres on the election of Joasaph II as Patriarch.