Rhetorical strategy of the Sermon on Law and Grace by Metropolitan Ilarion

O. Chaplia
2020 Zenodo  
The article is dedicated to the Sermon on Law and Grace as a coherent and well-composed work. The purpose of the article is to outline the probable rhetorical strategy of Metropolitan Ilarion, taking into account the historical, political, and socio-ecclesiastical challenges related, in particular, to the figure of Grand Prince Volodymyr counted among the saints of the Kyivan Church. The research methodology focused on the use of tools of hermeneutics and phenomenological methods, as well as
more » ... hods, as well as elements of the structural approach. The scientific novelty of the study lies in the analysis of categories of classical rhetoric - ethos, logos, pathos - to interpret Ilarion's choice of genre, themes, and methods of narration as a solution of an experienced speaker who skillfully implemented the suggestive tasks of the sermon. Conclusions. Metropolitan Ilarion, having a practical goal, tried to combine the content and form of speech to achieve optimal impact on recipients. To convince the audience of the sanctity of Prince Volodymyr, he elaborates on the theme of the Old Testament Law and Grace - the new Christian "law" of salvation, which seems somewhat absurd by human standards. The listeners trust the speaker due to his spiritual authority of the preacher, and due to the abundant citation of the Holy Scriptures. Speaking of the contender for canonization, Ilarion likens Volodymyr to the Apostle Paul and Emperor Constantine, and at the same time, emphasizes the belonging of the Kyivan Church to the apostolic and Byzantine traditions. Ilarion weaves parts that are rhythmically close to liturgical poetry into the usual form of the sermon.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3949971 fatcat:5pbuh3vwwran5g2g4xhnfycwsu