Established on the basis of the Publishing House of the Holy Transfiguration Valaam Monastery by the decree of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia of September 10, 1996. The most significant publications of the period 1994-1999. Are the "History of the Russian Church" in 9 volumes, the collection "Patriarch Hermogenes", a new translation of "Life and Miracles of St. Petersburg." On October 10, 1996, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church approved the project for the publication of the 25-volume Orthodox Encyclopaedia. For the implementation of the project, the Supervisory, Guardian, Church Scientific and Scientific Advisory Councils have been formed, the Association of benefactors, scientific and information support is provided by the Synodal Commissions and Departments of the MP, RAS, research institutes, leading educational institutions (spiritual and secular), archives, museums, The library.
The publication "Orthodox Encyclopedia" is included in the federal program of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation "Culture of Russia 2001-2005." The Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation has assigned the Orthodox Encyclopedia the status of a textbook for higher educational institutions of the Russian Federation. The work of the Center is supported by the Government of Moscow, a number of regions of the Russian Federation (Saratov, Samara and other regions), industrialists and entrepreneurs united in the Board of Trustees and the Association of Philanthropists of the Orthodox Encyclopedia. In its activity, the Center seeks to unite the efforts of church and secular scholars in The revival of church science, the conduct of historical, hagiographic, biblical and other studies: establishes scholarships to support researchers, collaborates with the Prize for Memory Prize tr. Moscow and Kolomna Macarius (Bulgakov), revealing the most significant studies on the history of the Russian state and the Church and awarding prizes, participates in the project of creating electronic information and documentary arrays (together with GARF).
The Center for Orthodox Encyclopaedias participated in a number of publications Together with the museums of the Moscow Kremlin, the State Historical Museum, the State Museum of the History of Religion (St. Petersburg). He took part in scientific conferences: IX International Christmas Readings (Moscow, January 2001), "Christianity in the Volga-Ural Region" (June 2002), "History and Hagiography of an Unseparated Church" (June 2003).
Information and educational activities of the Center are realized in the weekly television program "Orthodox Encyclopedia" on the TVC channel and in Internet portal Sedmitsa.ru. In November 2002 and November 2003, the courses for the upgrading of qualifications for the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church were organized by the Center together with the Russian Academy of Public Administration. Kravets. Internet portal Sedmitsa.ru was registered by the Federal Service for Supervision of Compliance with Legislation in the Sphere of Mass Communications and Protection of Cultural Heritage (Certificate of Registration of Mass Media No. ФС77-25129 of July 27, 2006).