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Memorial of St. Anthony of Egypt

January 16, 2009
St. Anthony of Egypt
St. Anthony of Egypt(251-356)
St. Anthony of Egypt was born in 251 in Coma in Lower Egypt to wealthy parents who died when Anthony was 18 years old. He is known as Anthony the Abbot, Anthony of Egypt, Anthony of the Desert, Anthony the Anchorite, Abba Antonius, and Father of All Monks.
Read more about him here.
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  1. January 17, 2009 2:40 pm

    In the part of Spain where I live he’s also known as St. Anthony “the one with the little pig” (as opposite to St. Anthony of Padua who is just “St. Anthony”) 😀

  2. January 17, 2009 7:56 pm

    Nuria,

    Thanks for sharing that… I had no idea. What’s the story with the pig, by the way? You’ve got me curious now. 🙂

  3. January 18, 2009 4:43 am

    Hello again, sr Veronica,

    Here is a photo taken yesterday at the procession of St. Anthony in my town:

    http://www.diarioinformacion.com/servicios/lupa/lupa.jsp?pIdFoto=3379289&pRef=2009011800_13_842108__Elche-Dias-celebracion

    Sorry, I don’t know how to link it properly. Can you see the little pig on his feet? It is said a wild sow once came to him begging with her litter (which were blind). Anthony healed their illness and since then, their mother stayed with him and defended the saint from every vermin that tried to attack him. But as time passed, people started to think a boar was an impure animal and the artists represented him dominating the impurity, that is, with a little tamed pig on his feet.

  4. January 18, 2009 9:29 am

    Nuria,

    Thanks for the photo. Yes, I did see the little pig. And what a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing them.

    God bless, Sister Veronica

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