He was born at about the year 250 A.D. in a city in upper Egypt
called Kamen-El -Aroos, city of Beniswef. His father died before he
reached the age of twenty. He heard the deacon in the Church reading
this verse of the Bible:" If thou wilt be perfect go and sell that
thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven" (Matt.19:21). So, he distributed all his wealth among the
poor and left to the desert starting his monastical life, to where
it is today near the coast of the Red sea.
People started visiting him and asking him for prayers and
blessings. A certain king, from a foreign land, asked him, by means
of messengers to come and heal his sick son. The messengers brought
gifts to St. Anthony but he did not accept them and decided not to
go to that foreign land.
St. Anthony prayed the same day and by the power of Jesus Christ
lifting him upon a cloud, he went into that foreign land where he
was invited to eat at a Minister's house. That minister had a pig
whose youngsters were blind and limb, St. Anthony healed them. The
king had heard of this and invited St. Anthony to his house to heal
his son. He went there, healed the son and then returned to the
The following day, the messengers still being at the monastery,
were unaware of St. Anthony's trip and asked him to accompany them
to heal the King's son. So St. Anthony asked them to return back and
he will follow later. After several days of a long trip they heard
about the healing of that son and thought that it was St. Anthony
after they reached the King's palace but he didn't tell them so that
he may avoid falling into temptation. The messengers praised God for
what they had witnessed.
St. Anthony passed away in the year 356 A.D. after a life full of
good deeds and valuable spiritual experience. We celebrate his
departure on the 30th of January (22 Touba of the Coptic calendar)
The blessing Of our blessed
St. Anthony be with us. Amen.