THE FOUNDATION OF ANTINOOPOLIS
ON this day we commemorate the founding of the Sacred City of Antinous, the rich and glorious city in Egypt called ANTINOOPOLIS originally and later Ansena and Antinoé.
Our Lord Hadrian Augustus, Emperor of Rome, Pontifex Maximus, the New Jupiter, Hercules reborn, consecrated the shore of the Nile where Antinous fell, and solemnly founded the Holy City of Antinoopolis in Egypt in the year 130 CE (watercolor painting of the city by French archaeo-architectural artist Jean-Claude Golvin).
Antinous had risen again from the depths of Tartarus, he had conquered death and returned to the place of the living.
By Victory and Proclamation, Antinous was elevated to godliness, and the ancient religion of Our God was set in motion. The Priesthood of Antinous was ordained, sacred statues and images proliferated, and Temples rose up in every corner of the world, for the glory of Antinous the God.
We exalt in the deification of Antinous, and marvel at his assumption into heaven.
On this day we concelebrate the Foundation of Antinoopolis by re-founding the sacred city within our hearts, declaring ourselves the New Stones of Antinoopolis.
With love for Antinous in our hearts, the New Temple of Antinous was founded in 2002, called Ecclesia Antinoi, and the New Priesthood of Antinous initiated.
We recognize the Foundation of Antinoopolis as the first day of the New and Holy Year of Religion of Antinous.