• 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.

Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes, at Sebaste
December 13: Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes, at Sebaste (284-305); Venerable Ares, monk in the Egyptian desert; Venerable Arsenius the Ascetic of Mt. Latros (ca.8th-10th c.); Martyr Antiochus of Sulcis, under Emperor Hadrian (ca.110); Virgin-Martyr Lucy of Syracuse (Lucia) (304); Saint Columba of Terryglass and Holy Island on Lough Derg, Ireland (549) (see also December 12); Saint Judoc (Judocus, Judganoc, Josse), a Priest, brother of King Judicäel of Brittany, became a hermit in Villiers-Saint-Josse (Ponthieu) (ca.668); Saint Aubert, Bishop of Cambrai-Arras in France, founded monasteries including Saint Vaast Abbey in Arras (669); Saint Odilia of Alsace (Otilia, Othilia) (ca.720); Saint Edburga of Minster-in-Thanet, a disciple of St Mildred, whom she probably succeeded as Abbess of Minster-in-Thanet in 716 (751); Saint Tassio, Duke of Bavaria and a great monastic benefactor, became a monk at Jumièges Abbey, reposed at Lorsch Abbey (ca.794); Saints Einhildis and Roswinda, nuns at Hohenburg Abbey in Alsace in France with St Ottilia (8th c.); Saint Wilfrid (Wiffred), a monk and Abbot of the Monastery of St Victor in Marseilles, France (1021); Venerable Arcadius of Novy Torg, Monk of Novotorzhok, disciple of St. Ephrem (1077); Saints Neophytos, Ignatius, Procopius and Neilos, founders of the Holy Monastery of Machaira, Cyprus (1145, 1172); Saint Mardarius, Recluse of the Kiev Caves (13th c.); Hieromartyr Gabriel I of Pec, Archbishop of Serbia (1659); Saint Dositheus, Metropolitan of Moldavia (Romania) (1693); Venerable Nicodemus of Romania; Repose of Venerable Herman of Alaska, Wonder-worker of All America (1836) (see also December 12 - Service sung; and August 9 - feast day); New Hieromartyr Alexander, Priest, and Martyr John (1920); New Hieromartyr Vladimir Lozina-Lozinsky, Protopresbyter of St. Petersburg (1937); New Hieromartyrs Alexander and Jacob, Priests (1937); New Hieromartyr Nicholas (Amasisky), Priest of Alma-Ata (1938); New Hieromartyrs Emilian and Basil, Priests (1941); Other Commemorations: Synaxis of the First Martyrs of the American land: Hieromartyr Juvenaly (1796) and Peter the Aleut (ca.1815) (see also September 24 - Synaxis of All Saints of Alaska); Repose of Schemamonk Panteleimon “the Resurrected,” of Glinsk Hermitage (1895); Repose of Blessed Maximus of Ustiug (1906); Repose of Bishop Theodore, Wonderworker of Trolov Convent in Kiev (1924); Repose of Hieromonk Joel of Valaam (1937).

The Holy Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes

The Holy Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes (the Five Companions) suffered for Christ under the emperor Diocletian (284-305) at Sebaste, in Armenia.

Among the first Christians imprisoned and undergoing torture at that time was St Auxentius, a presbyter of the Arabian Church. One of those who witnessed the steadfastness of the Christians was the noble military commander St Eustratius, the city prefect of Satalios, and archivist of the province. He was secretly a Christian, and when he openly confessed his faith, he was subjected to torture. They beat him, and put iron sandals studded with sharp nails on his feet, then forced him to march to the city of Arabrak.

Witnessing the arrival of St Eustratius in Arabrak, one of the common people, St Mardarius, confessed that he was also a Christian like St Eustratius. He was arrested and cast into prison. Holes were drilled in his ankles, and ropes were passed them. He was suspended upside down, then heated nails were hammered into his body. He died a short time later. To him is attributed the prayer “O Master Lord God, Father Almighty ...” (which is read at the end of the Third Hour).

As for St Eugene, they ripped out his tongue, they cut off his hands and feet, and then they beheaded him with a sword. St Auxentius was also arrested and beheaded. The young soldier St Orestes confessed himself a Christian and stood trial for this “crime.” He was sentenced to be stretched out upon a red-hot iron bed, and became frightened when he approached it. Encouraged by St Eustratius, he made the Sign of the Cross and got onto the heated bed, where he surrendered his soul to God.

St Eustratius was sentenced to be burned alive on December 13. As he was being led to his death, he prayed aloud (“I magnify Thee exceedingly, O Lord, for Thou hast regarded my lowliness...”). This prayer is still read at the Saturday Midnight Office.

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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 Alexander Tzenov

Deacon Alexander Tzenov

Deacon Emilian Georgiev
Deacon Emilian Georgiev

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