• 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.

The 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
December 28: Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ; Apostle Nicanor the Deacon, one of the Seven Deacons, and one of the Seventy (34); Martyr Secundus, an Enlightener of Spain, sent by the Apostles to Spain to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1st c.); The 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia (302), including: Hieromartyr Glycerius the priest, Deacons Theophilus and Migdonius, Martyrs Zeno, Dorotheus, Mardonius, Indes, Gorgonius, Peter, and Euthymius, and Virgin-martyrs Agape, Domna (the former pagan priestess), Theophila, and others; Martyr Ploutodoros; Venerable Babylas of Tarsus in Cilicia; Venerable Stephen the Wonderworker; Martyrs Castor, Victor and Rogatian, in North Africa; Saint Domnio (Domnion), a righteous priest in Rome; Saint Romulus and Conindrus, two of the first people to preach Orthodoxy on the Isle of Man, contemporaries of St Patrick (ca.450); Saint Maughold (Maccaldus), sent by St. Patrick to the Isle of Man, where his episcopate was very fruitful (ca.488); Saint Antony of Lérins (Anthony the Hermit), renowned for miracles (ca.520); Saint Simon the Myrrh-gusher, founder of Simonopetra Monastery on Mount Athos (1287); Saint Ignatius, Monk of Loma (Vologda) (Ignatii of Lomsk and Yaroslavsk) (1591); Saint Cornelius, monk of Krypetsk Monastery (Pskov) (1903); Hieromonk St Pakhomij (Petin–1985); New Hieromartyr Nikodim (Kononov), Bishop of Belgorod, at Solovki (1918); New Hieromartyr Arcadius Reshetnikov, Deacon (1918); New Hieromartyr Alexander, Priest (1920); New Hieromartyrs Theoctistus, and Leonid, Priests (1937); New Hieromartyr Aretha, Priest (1938); Other Commemorations: Repose of Joseph the Hesychast (Romania) (1828).

All these Saints, some 20,000 in number, were burned alive in the year 303, while they were gathered in church. This came to pass during the reign of Diocletian and Maximian. According to the Synaxarion, this took place on the day of Christ's Nativity. Eusebius (Eccl. Hist. VIII, 6) says that, of the Christians then living in Nicomedia, all were slain by imperial decree - some by the sword, and others by fire, and that, because of their divine and inexpressible ardour, both men and women cast themselves into the fire. Besides those burned in church. the following, who were slain in the same Persecution, are commemorated today. Indus, Gorgonius, and Peter were cast into the sea; Glycerius the Presbyter and Mardonius were burned; Dorotheus the Prefect and Zeno were beheaded; Theophilus the Deacon was stoned; Mygdonius was buried alive; and Domna, who had been a priestess of the idols, believed in Christ, and was baptized, was beheaded and cast into the fire. See also the account of Saint Anthimus on September 3.

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 Ivelin Dimitrov

Deacon Ivelin Dimitrov

Deacon Alexander Tzenov

Deacon Alexander Tzenov

Deacon Emilian Georgiev
Deacon Emilian Georgiev

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