• Cathedral Abby of St. Anthony - Holy See of the Worldwide Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ

    Cathedral Abby of St. Anthony - Holy See of the Worldwide Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ

    Constructed of stone and pressed brick in the Romanesque Style, the Cathedral occupies without a doubt, a prominent place among the churches of Detroit. There are three Front entrances. In a niche above the beautiful main entrance stands the large statue of St. Anthony. Upon entering, the first thing that impressed one is the soft, delicate light admitted through beautifully colored stain-glass windows that fill the interior and lends an air of indescribable peace so soothing and inviting to prayer and meditation.

  • Cathedral Abby of St. Anthony - Holy See of the Worldwide Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ

    Cathedral Abby of St. Anthony

    Above, the ceiling is arched, the broad wide arch of the a sign of firmness, strength and determination. The high-vaulted sanctuary receives its light from four smaller windows of four Evangelists. At the left, a magnificent glass painting of the angelic Aloysius receiving his First Holy Communion from his sainted friend, Charles Borromeo. Under a charming rosette window in the large transept area a triple group: St. Boniface the great Apostle of the Germans, St. Anthony, the patron Saint of the Cathedral, and lastly, St. Vincent de Paul.

Start of the Indiction, beginning the Liturgical Year
Saints: Righteous Joshua, the son of Nun (ca. 16th c. BC); Martyrs Callista and her brothers Evodos and Hermogenes at Nicomedia (309); Holy 40 ascetic virgin-martyrs and their teacher the Hieromartyr Ammon the Deacon at Heraclea in Thrace (321-323); Martyr Aeithalas the Deacon of Persia (380); Venerable Martha, the mother of St Simeon Stylites (428); Saint Symeon the Stylite the Elder (459); Venerable Evanthia; Saint Symeon of Lesbos (ca. 845); Hieromartyr Priscus of Capua, first Bishop of Capua in Italy, where he was sent by the Apostle Peter, and martyred under Nero (ca. 66); Hieromartyr Terentian, Bishop of Todi in Umbria in Italy, under Hadrian (118); Virgin-martyr Vibiana, in Rome, whose relics are now venerated in Los Angeles, of which she is the main patron-saint (3rd c.); Saint Sixtus of Reims, first Bishop of Rheims in France (ca. 300); Hieromartyr Firminus of Amiens, third Bishop of Amiens in France (ca. 303); The 12 Holy Brothers, Martyrs, who suffered in the south of Italy and were brought together and enshrined at Benevento in 760 (ca. 303): Donatus, Felix, Arontius, Honoratus, Fortunatus, Sabinian, Septimius, Januarius, another Felix, Vitalis, Sator, and Repositus; Saint Verena of Zurzach (Switzerland) (ca. 350); Saint Victorius (Victurius), a disciple of St. Martin of Tours who became Bishop of Le Mans in France in ca. 453 (ca. 490); Saint Constantius of Aquino, Bishop of Aquino in Italy (ca. 520); Saint Regulus (San Regolo), exiled from North Africa by the Arian Vandals, he landed in Tuscany in Italy and was martyred under Totila (545); Saint Lupus of Sens, a monk at Lérins who became Bishop of Sens in France in 609 (623); Saint Nivard of Rheims, Archbishop of Rheims in France (673); Saint Giles (Aegidius), monastic founder along the Rhone (ca. 712); Saint Lythan (Llythaothaw), a saint in Wales to whom two churches are dedicated; Saints Giles (Aegidius) and Arcanus, founded a monastery that later grew into Borgo San Sepulcro in central Italy (1050); Saint Meletius the Younger, of Thebes, Greece(1105); Venerable Nicholas of Courtaliatis in Crete, monk (1670); New-Martyr Angelis of Constantinople (1680); Venerable Anthony of Agyia; Saint Haido of Stanos (1820-1821); Virgin-martyrs Tatiana and Natalia (1937); Other Commemorations: Commemoration of the Great Fire of Constantinople (ca. 470); Synaxis of the Most-Holy Theotokos of Miasena Monastery, in memory of the finding of her icon (864); Celebration of the first miracle of the Icon of the Theotokos (Eletskaya) at Chernigov-Gethsemane (Chernihiv-Hefsemanska) (1869); Celebration of the "All-Blessed" or "Pamakarista" Icon (11th c.) of Our Lady of Kazan (1905).

There have been men who could call forth enthusiasm for Christ from the pulpit or from monastic cells, but for forty long years one man did so perched atop a sixty-foot pillar from which he never descended. He spent a lifetime of extreme asceticism that spelled out the name of the Saviour twenty-four hours of every day of that long period. In a stint of religious fervour that has been imitated many times since but never duplicated, St Symeon occupied a confining space above ground. Like a wingless eagle of the Lord, he made a spectacular figure against the sky that reminded everyone below that the only salvation of man could come through Jesus Christ, In his youth, Symeon was an earthbound shepherd who had deep Christian roots originating in the Syrian city of Antioch, the first city to apply the name "Christian" to the followers of Jesus of Nazareth. Such was the depth of his faith that it could find expression only through asceticism. This austerity through monastic life he was to carry to the extreme not only to completely dedicate himself to God, but to call to the attention of the world the need for prayer in Christian worship.

At a time when St Anthony and St Savvas were gaining their reputation through monasticism in Egypt, Symeon chose to carry out his ascetic way of life in his native Syria, a land where monastics had been dwarfed by the spiritual giants of other areas. This relative obscurity might have generated his brilliant idea to ascend the pillar, located about sixteen miles from the city of Aleppo on a road leading to Antioch. This was, however, no mere publicity-seeking flagpole stunt. It was a well thought-out plan to present the appealing starkness of a lone figure's vigil for Christ with the bare necessities of life being provided by devoted followers. His self-denial was subordinate to the main purpose of his thought-provoking venture, which was to bring his fellow man an acute awareness of, and a closer proximity to, God. In this he was eminently successful, a price in deprivation he was only too glad to pay.

Symeon's severely restricted abode, in which he could either stand or sit but could not lie down, limited his physical movement, but that seemed only to give him more room for intellectual effort, prayer, and meditation. Known as a stylite, or one who lives on a pillar, he virtually impaled himself physically for a lifetime but thereby gained spiritual eternity. Inured to the hardships of this inhuman existence, he was able to withstand rigours which by any standard would be unbearable, and it is not hard to believe that in one Lenten season he stood erect for twenty days, then sat in meditation for another twenty days, during which time his only sustenance was water.

Considered to be by far the greatest ascetic in all Christendom, Symeon sat or stood stoically atop his pillar, which over the years beckoned thousands of Christian pilgrims who came to view this amazing spectacle and to hear the wisdom of the solitary anchorite, whose weather-beaten visage inspired countless numbers to reaffirm their faith in God and his only begotten Son. Added to the wonder of his durability under the most demanding circumstances was his power of miraculous healing through the power of the Lord, as a result of which he came to be venerated as a saint while still alive. Symeon had spent a number of years in his cramped quarters when he was besieged by his followers to descend back into the society of man, assuring him that his purpose had been more than fulfilled and that he was entitled to the comforts of hearth and home, even perhaps the high post in the hierarchy. Symeon refused to come down, saying only that he had made a solemn vow that his only descent would come after his death.

The ruins of St Symeon's pillar are still evident in Syria and are considered a shrine to the greatest ascetic of them all who died in 459 AD after establishing a precedent which many followed later but none were able to equal.

Dismissal Hymn (First Tone)

You became a pillar of patience and emulated the Forefathers, O righteous one: Job in his suffering, Joseph in temptation, and the life of the bodiless while in the body, O Symeon, our righteous Father, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion (Second Tone)

You sought the heights, though parted not from things below; your pillar became a chariot of fire for you. You became thereby a true companion of the angelic host; and together with them, O Saint, you ceaselessly pray Christ God for us all.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

ECUMENICAL CATHOLIC CHURCH OF CHRIST
Primate Archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig

Primate Archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig

Archbishop Hristo Pisarov

Archbishop Hristo Pisarov

Deacon Alfred Foskolo

Deacon Alfred Foskolo

Ph.D. Plamen Tsvetkov

Ph.D. Plamen Tsvetkov (+2015)

Deacon Grigor Paskov

Deacon Grigor Paskov

Fr. Mihail Novak

Fr. Mihail Novak

Fr. Yakov Kiryushatov

Fr. Yakov Kiryushatov

Fr. Thoma Gross

Fr. Thoma Gross

Fr. Svetozar Arabadziev

Fr. Svetozar Arabadziev

Fr. Stefan Vasilev

Fr. Stefan Vasilev

Fr. George Dimitrov

Fr. George Dimitrov (+2015)

Fr. Stefan Rusev

Fr. Stefan Rusev

Deacon Jordan Marchev

Deacon Jordan Marchev

Deacon Vasil Ivanov

Deacon Vasil Ivanov

Deacon Alexander Tzenov

Deacon Alexander Tzenov

Deacon Emilian Georgiev
Deacon Emilian Georgiev

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