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Holy and God-bearing Father Antony the Great

Holy and God-bearing Father Antony the Great was one of the founders of monastic life. He was a hermit and a monk in Egypt.

This Sunday, 16 January, we will commemorate our Father Among the Saints Anthony the Great. His feast day is actually 17 January. He is recognized as the founder of Christian monasticism. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 251, he renounced his wealth and went into the desert, where he lived as a hermit, battling temptation and praying constantly. His holiness attracted many disciples and imitators. He died at the age of 105. Happy name-day to all those named for St Anthony.

Biography

17 January - In 251, Holy and God-bearing Father Antony the Great was born of noble and weathy parents in Alexandria. As youth, he became an orphan. St. Antony renounced hiswealth, sold his possessions, gave his money to the poor, and went into the desert willderness. There, he he lived as a hermit, prayed constantly, battled temptation, meditated, and did manual work. Holy and God-bearing Father Antony the Great's holiness attracted many disciples and imitators. He was imitated in Eqypt, Libya, Palestine, and Syria. On January 17, 356, Holy and God-bearing Father Antony the Great died at the age of 105.

The best accepted biography of Holy and God-bearing Father Antony the Great is Vita S. Antoni (Life of St. Anthony) by Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria.

Name

Holy and God-bearing Father Antony the Great is also know as St. Anthony the Great.

Troparion (TONE 4)

Father Anthony, you equaled Elias in his zeal and followed John the Baptist in his holy way of life. You peopled the wilderness and established the world on the firm foundation of your prayers. Intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls.

More information

Vita S. Antoni (Life of St. Anthony) by Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria

St. Anthony Catholic Encyclopedia

St. Anthony the Great Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

Ikon

St. Anthony the Great Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints


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