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Name means: the one standing in front (Latin: from the Antonian family)

Hermit, monk’s father

Attributes: T-shaped cross, pig, devil, beggar bell

Patron: pets, especially pigs, swine herders, brush, basket and glove makers, knights, weavers, butchers, confectioners, farmers, gravediggers, against fire distress, wound rose, ulcers, skin diseases, headaches, leprosy, plague, syphilis, fire and livestock diseases

* around 250 in Come, today Qiman el Arus in Egypt

356 on Mount Kolzim above the present-day town of Zafarana in Egypt

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Antonius “the Great”, was born as the son of a rich Christian peasant family, at the age of about 18 he took over the management of the family estates after the death of his parents and raised his younger sister. Jesus’ sentences from Matthew’s Gospel changed his life: If you want to be perfect, sell everything you have and give it to the poor. (19:21) and do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself. (6, 34) He sold all his possessions, gave his sister ascetic women to care for and became a hermit in radical poverty around the year 275, initially near his hometown, where several other men already lived ascetically. Soon Antony withdrew further into greater solitude at a tomb. His life in solitude and seclusion had made Antony neither shy nor apolitical. He is said to have lived to be 105 years old and predicted his death himself.


Joachim Schäfer: Article Antonius “the Great”, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints:

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