Church of The Holy Coast
|Church of The Holy Coast
Église de la Sainte Côte
|Founders||Giacomo I, Gilleasbaig I|
|Headquarters||Canton of Machias|
|Territory||Damariscotta and Moxie|
|Language||English & French|
The Church of The Holy Coast (French: Église de la Sainte Côte), also called the Damariscottan Patriarchate, is the officially-established Roman Catholic-New England Folklore church of the Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta. The Primate of the church has the title of Patriarch. Its jurisdiction covers the territory of Damariscotta, but it is not recognized by any of the canonical churches.
The Church of The Holy Coast is the only religious institution to be recognized by the Damariscottan state. Its recognition is given by the Act of Faith passed in the Parlamento de Maria in April of 2021, which establishes Syncretism system of Roman Catholicism and New England Folklore as the national religion of the Maritime Republic.
|Patriarch of all Damariscotta|
|Residence:||Canton of Machias|
|First Patriarch:||Giacomo I|
The Church of The Holy Coast first saw interest as the Church of Misberia in 2019 with a church for all to share their faiths, this was a short lived project was shelved soon after. In Spring of 2021, Jamie Birch started offering Bible readings and Catholic knowledge sessions to Archie Birch and many other local Damariscottan citizens. On the first of May 2021, the Church of The Holy Coast was announced as the official state church of the Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta.
On the 17th of May 2021, the Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta announced reforms to the nation with the Cardinal becoming head of culture making the separation of church and state non existent. With the position becoming one of cultural affairs as well, this has lead the church to be known to give decrees and make recommendations regarding cultural affairs within the nation and overseeing the expansion of the church.
Relations with the State
The Church of The Holy Coast maintains strong ties with the government of the Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta, with the Cardnial being the head of the church and the culture. However the church and state are separate to a degree, with most influences from the church being from New England folklore and values allowing Damariscottan culture to be a strong example of New England values and beliefs. The church also is the official church of the State of Moxie with a similar relationship with the Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta.
The seat of the Church of The Holy Coast lies permanently in the Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta, where the Roman Catholicism and New England Folklore are the official faiths, the church is lead by the Cardinal with Bishops taking on day to day roles of governance. The governing body consists of a group of Bishops called the Holy Tavern, whose responsibility it is to read and interpret the Holy Bible and explore and interpret New England folklore, and to make recommendations on how such faith and ideals can be applied to national policy, cultural growth and day to day lives of the citizens. The head of the Holy Tavern is the Cardinal and in charge of overseeing the meetings of the Holy Tavern.
It should be noted that the structure of the Church itself is Roman Catholic in nature, with all elders being equal in status and accountable to one another. ‘Bishop’ is a title given by the Cardinal to regional religious observant who have been deemed worthy of preaching the faith. A priest is a member of the Church whose job it is to preach to a congregation, dedicate themselves to life-long learning and handle charitable affairs.
|#||Picture||Cardinal Name||Nationality||Appointed||Left Office||Notes|
|1||Giacomo I||American,||1st May 2021||17th May 2021||Was the first Cardinal of the Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta and oversaw the growth and expansion of the church from a fledgling institution to the national church of the nation.|
|18th May 2021||Present||Is the second Cardinal of the Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta and has overseen the development of the church in symbolism and in its folk saints.|
|Parishes||Emblem||Bishop||Date of establishment||Location||Membership|
|Church of Saint Nicholas||Becca||1 May 2021||Naples||4|
|Church of Bede the Venerable||Archie Birch||1 May 2021||Machias||2|
|Church of Saint Isidore||Jamie Birch||1 May 2021||Calais||2|
|Saint John's Church||Unannounced||20 May 2021||International||0|
The Church of The Holy Coast takes most of its belief system and traditions from the Catholic Church in the divinity of Jesus Christ, the son of God made man who came to earth to redeem humanity's sins through His death and resurrection. They follow His teachings as set out in the New Testament and place their trust in God's promise of eternal life with Him. The Church however does mix in its own regional inspirations from the New England folklore and the communities around it, making the church a syncretism based faith similar to those of Mexican and Catholic communities in the Caribbean.
Church Specific Traditions
The Church of The Holy Coast takes inspiration from the New England region for some aspects of its faith including the mindset of help thy neighbor to a faithful degree and to remain uninvolved in affairs not of one's concern. The Church pushes the idea of Sunday's being away from technology and other life distractions for a day to practice faith, spend time with family and friends and go outdoors.
- Jeremiah O'Brien - Captain Jeremiah O'Brien (1744–1818) was an Irish-American captain in the Massachusetts State Navy. Prior to its existence (or that of the Continental Navy), he commanded the sloop Unity when he captured the British armed schooner HMS Margaretta in the Battle of Machias, the first naval battle of the American Revolutionary War. Following his passing in 1818, Machias and the surrounding towns have paid tribute to his work and legacy, his name has been enshrined in local legend with many roads, bridges, buildings and ships named after him. The Church of The Holy Coast has had him marked as the Church's leading saint, the Saint of Bravery and Maritime Endeavors.