Wednesday, April 24, 2024 UTC


        JAN 17: DIVINE LITURGY – 6:00 PM.

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On January 17th we commemorate Saint Anthony. St. Anthony was a Christian monk from Egypt and is revered as a saint. He is also known as  Anthony the GreatAnthony of Egypt, and  Anthony of the Desert. Most importantly, he is also known as the Father of All Monks. One day after he heard a teaching about Jesus saying to the people, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven; and come, follow Me” (Matthew 19:21), St. Anthony sold everything he owned, gave the earnings to the poor, and left the city to live in the desert. He was the first to go into the wilderness (about AD 270), for which he is renownd, and known as a leader for the Desert Fathers. The Desert Fathers were Christian monks in the Egyptian desert in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD.  Although he held no position, he was known as one whose wisdom commanded respect. When the Synod of Nicea was convened, he was invited to participate. He instructed his followers to bury his body in an unmarked, secret grave, so his body would not become an object of veneration. He was the “patriarch” of monastic life which was the basis for countless monasteries.


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