St. Anthony the Great - Holidays

St. Anthony the Great - Holidays 

On January 17 the Orthodox Church honors St. Anthony the Great, and the holiday is called Antonovden. Anthony - this is an old Roman name, which means "precious, priceless, priceless." But what we know about St. Anthony the Great? Antony the Great was born in Egypt in 251 years of rich and noble parents, who educated him in the Christian faith. At age 18 he lost his parents and left alone with his sister, which was looked after. Solitude of St. Anthony did not happen suddenly. At first he remained close to the city in a devout old man who lived in seclusion. But he soon decided to go further. Asked this old man with him when he and he refuses, said goodbye to him and settled in a remote cave. One of his friends was carrying food. Later, St. Anthony withdrew from settlements, crossed the Nile and settled in the ruins of the fortifications. He carried with him his bread for six months and then received by a friend only twice a year. He suffered from hunger and thirst, cold and heat. But the most terrible temptation for the hermit, in the words of Anthony, was in the heart.
Twenty years he lived in solitude. When friends learned of his whereabouts, came to identify with him. Longer calling him, asking to come to them and finally decided to break down the door. Then Anthony opened it. They were surprised that his face has no trace of fatigue, though he is exposed to great difficulties. Heavenly peace reigned in his soul and affect the person. He was quiet and reserved, are treated equally with all friendly. St. Anthony died in old age (105 years in 356) and lifestyle earned the name the Great.
St. Anthony based anchoretic monasticism. Several hermits, under the guidance of a teacher - Abba (Abba means - his father), separated from each other in huts or caves embark on prayer, fasting and work. During the life of St. Anthony the Great was discovered another kind of monastic life. Pilgrims gather in community work (each according to his powers and abilities), share a meal, they are subject to common rules. These communities were called monasteries. Abba of these communities are called Archimandrite.
St. Anthony the Great is considered the founder of the first monastery.


 

Here one of his thought:
"Whoever forges a piece of iron from the start considering what he wants to do it - hair, a knife or ax. So we must think of what virtue we strive to not labored in vain."

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