• 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.

Hieromartyr Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia
Peter, Indes, Gorgonius, Zeno, Virgin Domna, and Euthymius; Venerable Theoctistus, fellow ascetic with Venerable Euthymius the Great; Saint Phoebe, Deaconess of Cenchreae near Corinth; Martyr Basilissa of Nicomedia; Saint Ioannicius, Patriarch of Serbia, Wonder-worker; Blessed John "the Hairy", Fool-for-Christ of Rostov; Hieromartyr Bishop Aristion of Alexandria in Syria; Martyrs Zinon, Chariton, Achrontionus, and Vitalian; Martyr Dasa; New-Martyr Polydorus of Cyprus; Martyr Edward of England; Saint Constantine the New, Emperor; Martyr Archontinus; celebration of the Icon of the Theotokos of Pisidian Sozopolis; repose of Priest Peter of Uglich, Fool-for-Christ of Uglich; translation of the relics of Nektarios of Pentapolis

The Hieromartyr Anthimus of Nicomedia was the Bishop of Nicomedia in the early fourth century during the reigns of emperors Diocletian and Maximian. He was martyred during the intense persecutions of that time. His feast day is September 3.

The early life of Anthimus is unknown. He was the bishop of Nicomedia at a time in which it had large Christian population. The city was also the chief residence of emperor Diocletian. The persecutions re-instituted by Diocletian became particularly intense in Nicomedia after a fire at the imperial court. The pagans accused the Christians of setting the fire and reacted against them with terrible ferocity throughout the communities of Bithynia.

Massacres transpired in the Christian communities after pagan altars were set up in the marketplaces, in which no transactions were permitted until a sacrifice to the gods and the spirit of the Augustus had been made. Bishop Anthimus hid himself in the village of Omana not far from Nicomedia at the request of his flock. From there he sent letters to the Christians, urging them to keep firmly the holy Faith and not to fear tortures.

One of his letters, that was sent with Deacon Theophilus, was intercepted and turned over to emperor Maximian. Dn. Theophilus was cruelly questioned and died under torture, without revealing the whereabouts of Bishop Anthimus to his torturers. Maximian soon managed to learn whereabouts of Bp. Anthimus. A detachment of soldiers was sent after him. Bp. Anthimus met them along the way, but the soldiers did not recognize him. The bishop invited them to join him for a repast that he provided. After the meal, Bp. Anthimus revealed that he was the one they sought. The surprised soldiers did not know what to do. They were ready to leave him and lie to the emperor that they had not found him. However, Bp. Anthimus was not one to tolerate a lie. So, he would not consent to their plan.

The soldiers came to believe in Christ and received holy Baptism. The bishop ordered them to carry out the emperor's instructions. After Bp. Anthimus was brought before the emperor, Maximian ordered that the instruments of execution be brought out and placed before him. "Do you think, emperor, to frighten me with these tools of execution?" asked Anthimus. "No indeed, you cannot frighten one who wishes to die for Christ! Execution is frightening only for the cowardly, for whom the present life is most precious." The emperor then directed that Bp. Anthimus be fiercely tortured and beheaded by the sword. Bp. Anthimus joyfully glorified God with his last breath and received the crown of martyrdom.

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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 Ivelin Dimitrov

Deacon Ivelin Dimitrov

Deacon Alexander Tzenov

Deacon Alexander Tzenov

Deacon Emilian Georgiev
Deacon Emilian Georgiev

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