st. anthony abbot

8 Inspiring Facts About St. Anthony Abbot

Who is St. Anthony Abbot?

St. Anthony Abbot physically fought the devil while in the desert. Just as Jesus was visited and tempted by Satan in the wilderness, St. Anthony Abbott was too.

Have you ever felt like you were stranded in the desert fighting the devil all alone? Read on to see how this amazing saint fought off Satan and conquered through his faith in Christ.

Outline:

  • Who is St. Anthony Abbot?
  • St. Anthony abbot feast day
  • St. Anthony Abbot facts
  • Saint Anthony abbot tempted by a heap of gold
  • How did St. Anthony Abbot die?
  • What is st Anthony the abbot patron saint of
  • Saint Anthony the abbot prayer
  • Why do you pray to saint Anthony

What is St. Anthony Abbot known for?

One of the pioneers in the formation of monasticism was St. Anthony Abbot. He was a Christian monk.

He is considered as the father of Christian monasticism (Catholic.com) and is honored as a saint in both the Eastern and Western Christian traditions. He was known for his unwavering devotion to prayer and was a hermit who lived in the Egyptian desert. He is commonly used as an example of self-denial and austerity when people need help resisting temptation. He is also adored as the protector of animals and the healing of skin rashes and wounds.

st. anthony abbot
st. anthony abbot

Origin of St. Anthony Abbot Feast Day

The feast day of St. Anthony Abbot lets us learn and reflect on his life.

On January 17 in the Western Christian calendar, St. Anthony Abbot’s feast day is commemorated. This festival dates back to the early days of monasticism when Anthony was still a monk in active service. Following Anthony’s example of asceticism and devotion to God, his disciples began commemorating his passing on January 17. His feast day was established by the Catholic Church in the fourth century. Later, the Eastern Orthodox Church declared January 30 to be his feast day as well.

To honor the feast day, processions, unique liturgies, and religious services are organized. Some locations also bless animals as part of the feast day celebrations, notably pigs and fowl.

St. Anthony Abbot Facts & His Fights with the Devil

The spiritual fights St Anthony the Abbot had with the devil are referred to as his “temptations.” According to legend, Anthony lived in the Egyptian desert. He lived in great isolation and fended off regular attacks from demons and temptations from Satan. These temptations included visions of naked women and financial wealth. Other deterrents meant to entice him away from his commitment to God.

Anthony fasted and prayed to keep his faith in the midst of these tribulations, resisting the devil’s temptations.

Legend has it that he even got into a fight with the demons.

He drove them out with the sign of the cross and the name of Jesus.

These narratives of Anthony’s spiritual struggles gained appeal in the Middle Ages. They have since been depicted in literature and the arts. Many see them as an essential example of the power of faith.  He also shows us the importance of fortitude in the face of temptation.

Facts of Saint Anthony Abbot Tempted by a Heap of Gold

One of the most well-known temptations of St. Anthony Abbot by the devil is the story of the treasure pile. According to legend, Anthony was living in the desert when the devil, posing as a wealthy businessman, appeared to him.  Satan promised him a sizable sum of gold, tempting him with the promise of wealth and material comfort.

Anthony, however, refused the devil’s seduction and used the riches to build a cathedral for the less fortunate.

He showed that he was utterly devoted to God. 

In addition to serving as a reminder of Anthony’s humility and piety, this episode also shows how easily the devil can tempt even the most devout people. The story also shows how powerful faith is and how, with God’s help, it is able to withstand the world’s temptations.

This story was related by Athanasius of Alexandria in his “Life of Saint Anthony,” and since then it has acquired popularity and been shown in several works of art from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, acting as a role model for many people in terms of humility and devotion to God.

How St. Anthony Abbot died?

According to legend, Saint Anthony the Abbot died at the age of 105. He is believed to have died around 356 AD, however, the exact date is uncertain. He supposedly died peacefully in his cell while surrounded by his followers and other monks.

In his final days, Anthony is said to have prepared for his death and given his disciples his final instructions. He supposedly asked to be buried in a secluded place, however, it is thought that his disciples buried him in a cave in the desert.

According to Saints in Rome, his remains are in Egypt at his monastery in Zaafarana. It’s a 3.5 hour drive from Cairo.

Here’s a fun guide for you if you’re wanting to make a fun pilgrimage.

Or you could go to France where his relics were transferred in the 11th century. The church is located at Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye, 38160, France. It’s only an hour away from Grenoble, France. It’s 6 hours drive from Paris.

Here’s a fun guide to Paris for you if you’re wanting to make a pilgrimage there.

After Anthony passed away, his admirers continued to live nearby and paid tribute to his memory. His tomb became a well-liked pilgrimage site, and it was said that many miracles took place there.

The “Life of Saint Anthony” by Athanasius of Alexandria, which describes Anthony’s life and death, helped spread the saint’s fame throughout the Christian world.

It is important to note that there is not much historical evidence regarding St. Anthony Abbot’s death, and many of the details we do know about his life and death may be based on myth and legend.

St. Anthony Abbot Quotes

Saint Anthony the Abbot is known for his wisdom and spiritual teachings. Here are some famous quotes attributed to him:

  • “The time of death is uncertain. Keep yourself always ready, for you know not when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at the cock’s crowing, or in the morning.”
  • “The devil is always ready to snatch away what he has given. And he who takes what the devil gives, will one day have to give it back to the devil.”
  • “Be not forgetful of the devil’s cunning: he will not begin with big sins, but with little ones, so that by your consent to little sins, he may lead you on to greater ones.”
  • “The devil is not so much interested in getting us to do evil as in getting us to do nothing.”
  • “Do not be afraid of temptation. Remember that the devil is a liar, and will always try to trick you into believing that you are worse than you are, or that God will not forgive you. But remember that God is merciful and loving, and will always forgive you when you turn to him in repentance.”

What is St Anthony the Abbot Patron Saint of?

St. Anthony Abbot is considered the patron saint of many things, including but not limited to:

  • Hermit monks
  • Desert dwellers
  • Skin diseases
  • Scrofula
  • Sores
  • Swineherds
  • Pigs
  • Travelers
  • Butchers
  • Basket makers
  • Weavers
  • Epilepsy
  • St Anthony’s fire (ergotism)

Saint Anthony the Abbot Prayer

“O holy Saint Anthony, gentlest of saints, your love for God and charity for his creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, you are the saint of miracles. O gentle and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.”

Anytime you want to ask for his help, just say this prayer. This prayer to St Anthony the Abbot can be tailored to your needs and is not constrained to a specific circumstance.

 Why do you pray to Saint Anthony?

  • Many people turn to Saint Anthony, who is famed for his valiant battles with the devil in the afterlife, in order to resist temptation and break unhealthy habits.
  • Because Saint Anthony is regarded as the patron saint of sores and skin diseases, many people pray to him for the relief of these issues as well as other illnesses.
  • People may pray to Saint Anthony the Abbot in order to get intercession, pleading with him to speak for them before God and assist them on their spiritual journey.

It’s important to keep in mind that praying to saints doesn’t elevate them to God or provide them with control over God.

However, the Bible says…

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

– James 5:16

Praying to saints is a way to ask for their intercession and support since they are closer to God in heaven than we are down here on earth and are able to help us with our needs and concerns.

Did learning about St. Anthony Abbot Inspire You? 

Are you inspired by what you’ve learned today about St. Anthony Abbot? We love sharing the lives of the saints. Check out our blog HERE for more inspiring saints!  Does it make your heart ignited knowing that an ordinary man was able to anger Satan with Is resistance to sin and his ability to deny the vain things of this world that throw so many astray?  

Pray to St. Anthony Abbot to help you resist sin and temptation so you too can be victorious!

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