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Furthermore, the bread represents the amount of prayers people have, much like "Prayer Beads", or "The rosary".The Metropolitan's residence was originally located in Kiev itself, the capital of the medieval Rus' state.The official Christianization of Kievan Rus' widely seen as the birth of the ROC is believed to have occurred in 988 through the baptism of the Kievan prince Vladimir and his people by the clergy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate whose constituent part the ROC remained for the next six centuries, while the Kievan see remained in the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate until 1686.

is one of the autocephalous Eastern Orthodox churches, in full communion with other Eastern Orthodox patriarchates.The Trinity monastery founded by Sergius of Radonezh became the setting for the flourishing of spiritual art, exemplified by the work of Andrey Rublev, among others.The followers of Sergius founded four hundred monasteries, thus greatly extending the geographical extent of the Grand Duchy of Moscow.The reign of Ivan III and his successor was plagued by a number of heresies and controversies.One party, led by Nil Sorsky and Vassian Kosoy, called for the secularisation of monastic properties.

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