Icons of Saints -- Saint Anthony the Great, the Anchorite of Egypt, and The Father of All Monks

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Saint Anthony the Great  
Saint Anthony the Great
Ο άγιος Αντώνιος ο Μέγας (gr.)
• Traditional greek icon
• Egg tempera on wood pannel, gold-leaf gilding
30 x 40 cm
• Private collection
 
 
  Our venerable and God-bearing Father Saint Anthony the Great was born in to a wealthy family in upper Egypt about 254 AD. Also known as Anthony of Egypt, Anthony of the Desert, and Anthony the Anchorite, he was a leader among the Desert Fathers, who were Christian monks in the Egyptian desert in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. The Orthodox Church celebrates his feast on January 17.
 
 
Synaxarion of Saint Anthony the Great from Egypt

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