• 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.

Melania the Younger, nun of Rome
December 31: Leavetaking (Apodosis) of the Nativity of our Lord; Holy Ten Virgin-martyrs of Nicomedia (ca.286-305); Martyr Olympiodora, by fire; Martyr Busiris, martyred by women with knitting needles; Martyr Nemi (Nemo), by the sword; Saint Gaudentius; Hieromartyr Zoticus the Priest, of Constantinople, Guardian of Orphans (ca.340) (see also December 30 - Slavonic); Saint Anysius, Bishop of Thessaloniki (ca.407) (see also December 30 - Greek); Venerable Melania the Younger, nun of Rome (439); Venerable Gelasius, Monk (Abba), of Palestine; Venerable Gaius; Saint George the Wonderworker, "the stabbed"; Venerable Sabiana, Abbess of Samtskhe (11th c.); Saint Columba of Sens (273); Martyrs of Catania: Stephen, Pontian, Attalus, Fabian, Cornelius, Sextus, Flos, Quintian, Minervinus and Simplician, early martyrs in Catania in Sicily; Martyrs Donata, Paulina, Rustica, Nominanda, Serotina, Hilaria and Companions; Hieromartyrs Sabinian and Potentian (ca.303); Saint Sylvester I of Rome, Pope of Rome (335) (see also January 2 - East); Saint Barbatian, Priest and Confessor, at Ravenna (5th c.); Saint Peter of Subiaco (1003); Saint Theophylactus of Ochrid, Archbishop of Ochrid (ca. 1126); Venerable Cyriacus of Bisericani monastery, Romania (1660); Venerable Cyriacus of Tazlu, Romania (1660); New Hieromartyr Michael, Priest (1937); Martyr Peter (1938); New Hiero-Confessor Dositheus (Vasich) of Zagreb, Metropolitan of Zagreb (1945); Other Commemorations: Repose of Blessed Metropolitan Peter (Mogila) of Kiev, Defender of the Orthodox faithful against subjugation to the Roman Papacy ('Unia') (1646) (see also January 1 - Ukrainian); Finding of the body of Hieromartyr Nestor (Savchuk) (1993).

Our venerable Mother Melania the Younger (or Melane the Roman - feastday: December 31) lived during the reign of king Honorios, son of Theodosios the Great, in 400. She came from a rich and glorious family. Her grandmother is also commemorated as a saint: Melania the Righteous (June 8). Because she loved the Lord with her whole heart, she chose to remain a virgin. But her parents forced her to get married even unwillingly with a man and she became the mother of two children. Then her parents and children died. That is why this blessed woman left the city of Rome and was living at her farm with every ascetic practice and virtue. She used to take care of the sick, received the foreigners who came to her, and visited the imprisoned and the exiled. Then she sold all her estates and possessions, which were many, and collected 120,000 gold coins, which she distributed to churches and monasteries.

In the beginning she used to eat once every couple of days but later on she used to fast five days per week and she would only eat on Saturdays and Sundays. So, this saint of blessed memory got used to and was trained in every ascetic practice with a lot of knowledge and discretion. She also used to write with a calligraphic hand in a very nice and artistic way.

Then she went to Africa and, after she had spent seven years there distributing most of her wealth, she went to Alexandria and from there to Jerusalem. There she closed herself in a cell and with her example she attracted ninety virgins and nuns to this same zeal for asceticism. She used to provide for their daily needs unceasingly. Because she was overcome by the pain of the side, she got very sick and, after she had called the bishop of Eleutheroupolis, she received from him the Eucharist. Then she bid all the sisters farewell, and lastly uttered these words of Job: "As the Lord wishes, so let it be." And in this way she immediately commended her soul to the hands of God.

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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