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St. Antony

St. Antony (251 - 356)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker St. Antony in text and pdf format. Saint Anthony or Antony (Greek: Ἀντώνιος Antṓnios; Latin: Antonius; Coptic: Ⲁⲃⲃⲁ Ⲁⲛⲧⲱⲛⲓ, lit. ''Avva Antoni'') January 12, 251 – January 17, 356 was a Christian monk from Egypt, revered since his death as a saint. He is distinguished from other saints named Anthony such as Anthony of Padua, by various epithets of his own: Anthony the Great, Anthony of Egypt, Anthony the Abbot, Anthony of the Desert, Anthony the Anchorite, and Anthony of Thebes. For his importance among the Desert Fathers and to all later Christian monasticism, he is also known as the Father of All Monks. His feast day is celebrated on January 17 among the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches and on Tobi in the Egyptian calendar used by the Coptic Church.

The biography of Anthony's life by Athanasius of Alexandria helped to spread the concept of Christian monasticism, particularly in Western Europe via its Latin translations. He is often erroneously considered the first Christian monk, but as his biography and other sources make clear, there were many ascetics before him. Anthony was, however, the first to go into the wilderness (about ad 270), which seems to have contributed to his renown.[6] Accounts of Anthony enduring supernatural temptation during his sojourn in the Eastern Desert of Egypt inspired the often-repeated subject of the temptation of St. Anthony in Western art and literature.

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A Letter of Antony the Solitary and Chief of Solitaries to the brethren dwelling in every place
      First of all - peace to your love in the Lord! I think, brethren, that the souls which draw near to the love of God are of three sorts, be they male or female. There are those who are called by the law of love which is in their nature, and which ori ... read more

Letter of Antony II
      My dear and honourable brethren, I Antony greet you in the Lord. Truly, my beloved in the Lord, not at one time only did God visit His creatures; but from the foundation of the world, whenever any have come to the Creator of all by the law of His coven ... read more

Letter of Antony III
      The rational man who has prepared himself to be set free through the advent of Jesus, knows himself in his intellectual substance. For he who knows himself knows the dispensations of the Creator and all that He does among His creatures. Dearly beloved in ... read more

Letter of Antony IV
      Antony wishes all his dear brethren joy in the Lord. Members of the Church, I will never grow weary of remembering you. I want you to know that the love that is between me and you is no bodily love, but a spiritual, religious love. For bodily friendship h ... read more

Letter of Antony V
      Antony writes to his dear children, holy Israelites in their intellectual substance. There is no need to name your bodily names which will pass away, for you are Israelite children. Truly, my children, the love that is between me and you is no bodily love ... read more

Letter of Antony VI
      Antony to all the dear brethren who are at Arsinoe and in its neighbourhood, and to those who are with you, greeting. All you who have prepared yourselves to go to God, I greet you in the Lord, beloved, from the least to the greatest, both men and women, ... read more

Letter of Antony VII
      My children, “Ye know the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich.” (2 Cor. 8:9) Behold, His bondage has made us free, and His weakness has strengthened ... read more

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