Letters of Saint Antony the Great


St Antony the Great

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0052-1

LENGTH: 28 pages

Letters of St Antony of Egypt to his disciples on essentials of the spiritual life, as relevant for us today as they were in the 3rd and 4th centuries.

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These seven letters were addressed by St Antony (251-356 AD) to his disciples. This hermit of the Egyptian desert draws our attention to those things which are essential in the spiritual life. Among the main themes are the witness of the Holy Spirit in the conscience of each person, the need for self-knowledge, the call to follow Christ, the unity of the Church, and our mutual co-inherence as members of the Body of Christ.

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28 pages


St Antony the Great



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140 x 210 mm


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Saint Antony the Great, or Saint Antony of Egypt, is said to have lived for 105 years (c. 251 - 356). Born in Lower Egypt to wealthy parents, he gave away his inheritance and embraced a life of prayer in the desert, much of it spent in strictly-enclosed solitude. Saint Athanasius, Antony’s biographer, enlisted his help in 338 to refute the heretical teachings of Arius. By 374, Evagrius of Antioch had translated the ‘Life’ of Saint Antony into Latin; his translation was influential in the spread of monasticism in Western Europe. Although Antony did not himself set up any monastery, a community grew up around him, following his example.

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