• 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 Gregory, Equal of the Apostles and Enlightener of Armenia
and Gaiana and companions of Armenia; Saint Michael, first Metropolitan of Kiev; Saint Gregory, Abbot of Pelshme, Wonder-worker of Vologda; Saint Michael, prince of Tver; New-Martyr Priest Nicholas Zagorovsky (Seraphim in monasticism); Martyrs Stratonikos and Mardonios; Saint Onuphrios of the St. David Gareji Monastery, Georgia; Martyr-hermits Tancred, Torthred, and Tova, of Thorney; Saint Honorios, Archbishop of Canterbury; repose of Archimandrite Gerasim of Alaska.

Hieromartyr Gregory, Enlightener of Great Armenia, was born in 257 AD. He was descended from the line of the Parthian Arsakid emperors. The father of St Gregory, Anak, in striving after the Armenian throne, had murdered his kinsman, the emperor Kursar, in consequence of which all the line of Anak was marked for destruction.

A certain relative saved Gregory: he carried off the infant from Armenia to Caesarea Cappadocia and raised him in the Christian faith. At maturity, Gregory married, had two sons, but soon was left a widower. Gregory raised his sons in piety. Orthanes became a priest and Arostanes accepted monasticism and went off into the wilderness. In order to atone for the sin of his father, who had murdered the father of Tiridates, Gregory entered into the service of the latter and was a faithful servant to him. Tiridates loved Gregory like a friend, but he was intolerant of the Christian confession of faith. After ascending the Armenian throne, he began to demand that St Gregory renounce the Christian Faith. The steadfastness of the Saint embittered Tiridates, and he gave his faithful servant over to cruel tortures. They suspended the sufferer head downwards with a stone about his neck, for several days they choked him with a stinking smoke, they beat and ridiculed him, and forced him to walk in iron sandals inset with nails.

At the time of this suffering St Gregory sang Psalms. In prison, the Lord healed all his wounds. When Gregory again stood before the emperor cheerful and unharmed, he was astonished and gave orders to repeat the torments. St Gregory endured them, not wavering, with all his former determination and bearing. They then poured hot tin over him and threw him into a pit filled with vipers. The Lord, however, saved His chosen one, and the snakes did him no harm. Pious women fed him with bread, secretly lowering it into the pit. A holy angel, appearing to the martyr, invigorated his powers and encouraged his spirit. Thus, it went on for fourteen years. During this time, the emperor Tiridates wrought yet another evil deed by martyring the holy virgin St Ripsima, the aged Abbess Gaiana, and another 35 virgins from one of the Asia Minor monasteries.

Dismissal Hymn (Third Tone)

You sowed the knowledge of God in the hearts of the faithful, by the example of your life and faith. Made radiant by the wounds of martyrdom, You shed light on all. O Hierarch Gregory, pray to Christ our God to grant us great mercy!

Kontakion (Second Tone)

Let us, the faithful, praise the holy Hierarch Gregory. He is a shepherd, a teacher and an enlightener. He is an athlete for the Truth, and he intercedes with Christ God that our souls may be saved!

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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