A film about the Old Believers. Old Believers at home; pray in churches; talk about their faith and way of life (sinhr.). Settlements of Old Believers. 1 part. Doctor of Philology of the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House) of the USSR Academy of Sciences A. Panchenko speaks about the book of "schismatics" Avaakum and Epiphany (sinhr.). Trinity-Sergius Lavra: Assumption Cathedral, bell tower; Holy procession (among the participants - Metropolitans Vladimir, Filaret, Patriarch of All Russia Alexy II). Part 2. Riga city. Members of the Riga Pomor community of Old Believers participate in the procession of the cross. Book copyist at work. Part 3. Baptism in the Old Believer Church. Part 4. Children in the classroom at school. Part 5. Cemetery for Old Believers. Priests and believers perform a memorial ceremony at the cemetery. Religious procession in the Intercession Cathedral in Moscow; the ordination of Archbishop Olympius to the rank of Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia. Solovetsky Monastery.