St. Antony the Great †356

St. Antony the Great

St. Antony the Great, the Father of Monasticism, is counted as an intercessor for persons with epilepsy and also for those who have suffered an amputation. St. Antony left the world for the desert of Egypt in order to demonstrate the victory of Christ in his own inner being, devoting himself, alone in a cave, to silence and prayer. He suffered ferociously fierce attacks by the evil one for twenty years, but in Christ prevailed, and became a guide to many seeking the life in Christ through total renunciation of the world, prayer, courage, and love. He pioneered, in Christ, the way of life of those we know as the Desert Fathers.

Here are some informative websites concerning his blessed and holy life:

An overview:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_the_Great 

The Life of St. Antony the Great, by St. Athanasius the Great (30 pp.):  http://orthodoxinfo.com/death/vita-antony.aspx

Synaxarion: the life of St. Anthony the Great, the Anchorite of Egypt, the Father of All Monks: http://www.greek-icons.org/texts-papers/synaxaries-saints-lives/life-saint-anthony-the-great.html 

A brief Life of St. Antony the Great:  http://www.christdesert.org/cgi-bin/martyrology.dynamic.5.cgi?name=antony_of_egypt_abbot 

Thirty-Eight Sayings of St. Antony the Great: http://ishmaelite.blogspot.com/2010/04/thirty-eight-sayings-of-st-anthony.html 

A Site with many icons, pictures, videos concerning St. Antony:  http://orthodoxword.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/st-anthony-the-great/

Also http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-anthony-the-abbot/ 

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