• 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.

Our holy and God-bearing father Naum of Preslav
December 23: Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ; Holy Ten Martyrs of Crete (250): Theodulus, Saturninus, Euporus, Gelasius, Eunician, Zoticus, Pompeius, Agathopus, Basilides, and Evaristus; Martyr Schinon (Skinus), by the sword; Saint Paul, Bishop of Neo-Caesarea, a father of the First Ecumenical Council (4th c.)[ Saint Niphon, Bishop of Constantia on Cyprus (4th c.); Saint Chrysogonos (Chrysogonus); Venerable David of Echmiadzin in Armenia (693); Saint Nahum of Ohrid, Enlightener of the Bulgarians, disciple of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Wonder-worker (910) (see also May 11 and July 27); Virgin-Martyrs Victoria and Anatolia, two sisters martyred in Rome for refusing to marry pagans (250); Martyrs Migdonius and Mardonius, high officials at the imperial court in Rome, under Diocletian (303); Saint Servulus, the righteous cripple (ca.590); Saint Dagobert II, King of Austrasia, exiled to a monastery in 656, recalled in 675 and martyred by the tyrant Ebroin (679); Saint Egbert of Rathmelsigi Abbey (Ecgberht of Ripon), who organised the mission to Frisia (Neth.) (729) (see also April 24); Saint Frithbert, Bishop of Hexham (766); Saint Mazota, leader of a group of nineteen holy virgins who went from Ireland to Scotland and founded a monastery at Abernethy on the Tay (8th c.?); Saint Vintila, a monk who reposed as a hermit in Pugino in Galicia in Spain (890); Saint Theoctistus, Archbishop of Novgorod (1310); Venerable Theophan (Rikhlovsky), of the Nizhyn Eparchy (1977) (see also January 5); New Hieromartyrs John Piankov and Nicholas Yakhontov, Priests (1918); New Hieromartyr Basil Spassky, Priest, at Tver (1938); New Hieromartyr Macarius (Mironov), Hieromonk of Zavidovskaya Gorka (Tver) (1938); New Hieromartyr John (Smirnov), Hieromonk of Bolshoye Mikhailovskoye (Tver) (1938); New Hieromartyr Paul (Kratirov), Bishop of Starobelsk; Other Commemorations: Commemoration of the consecration and re-dedication of the Holy and Great Church of Christ, the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, by Patriarch Eutychius (562); Repose of Eldress Eudocia Rodionova of Leushino Monastery, Fool-for-Christ (1886).

Naum of Preslav

Our holy and God-bearing father Naum of Preslav (or Naum the Miracle-worker of Ohrid) was a preacher who enlightened Bulgaria with the faith of Christ. His feastday is celebrated on December 23.

Saint Naum flourished during the reign of Michael the king of the Romans, son of Theophilos the iconoclast, in 842. At this time Sts. Cyril and Methodius and Clement lived in Bulgaria, where they struggled to enlighten the deceived nation of the Bulgarians with the faith of Christ and orthodoxy. Naum followed his illustrious predecessors in everything. He preached the faith while being beaten, mocked, and suffering persecutions and scourges from the unbelievers and enemies of Christ.

Because the aforementioned fathers, i.e. holy Cyril and Methodius and Clement the equals of the apostles, wanted to translate the Scriptures from Greek to Bulgarian using the letters and words which they had devised to be understood by Bulgarians, they thought it reasonable to submit this work to Pope Hadrian of Rome so that it might receive authority and approval from him as well.

Thus Naum went to Rome with them, and Pope Hadrian accepted them with honour and courtesy. God produced many miracles in Rome through His servants. Sick men that hastened to them were cured in a wonderful way: as soon as they looked the saints in the eyes they were freed from their diseases. Due to these miracles (and from other revelations) the Pope came to know that this work of translation was from God. Indeed, he compared the Greek text of the Scriptures with the Bulgarian one and found that they agreed in everything. So, he approved of and authorized the translation.

Afterwards, St. Cyril, the initiator of the translation stayed in Rome, where he eventually reposed in the Lord, while holy Methodius took his disciples with him. Naum was one of these who decided to return again to Bulgaria. On his return he went to the land of Allamans (i.e. Germans), where various heresies were widespread, including Apollinarism, Arianism, and the filioque. There holy Methodius, together with Naum, struggled to bring the heretics back to Orthodoxy. In return the barbarians punished the saints with beatings and other tortures and finally put them in prison.

While the saints were praying in prison, there was a great earthquake which shook the whole area. Many houses belonging to the impious men collapsed, the saints' bonds fell loose, and the doors of the prison opened. Thus, the saints came out and started walking on the street joyfully, as the holy Apostles had done, because they were deemed worthy to be disgraced for the sake of the Holy Spirit. When they returned to Bulgaria, they were received by Michael, the leader of the Bulgarians, who sent them to neighbouring countries to preach the name of Christ and distribute the Bulgarian translation of the Holy Scriptures. Naum went along with St. Clement, walking with him all over Bulgaria, especially to Diabya, Moesia and Panonia (Hungary), all the while preaching the message of piety. St. Naum did not part from his company till he breathed his last, helping him as Aaron had helped Moses. So, after St. Naum had moved around the aforementioned Diabya and lived for some time in a holy and God-pleasing way, he departed to the Lord, leaving his holy relics as an endless treasure of miracles for those who would hasten to him in faith.

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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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