Sainted Anthony, Patriarch of Constantinople
Commemorated on February 12
Patriarch of Constantinople, was a native of Asia, but all his years from
youth to his end were spent at Constantinople. He was born in about the year
829 of rich and pious parents. After the death of his mother, at age 12 he
entered a monastery, where in copying the example of the hegumen, he spent his
nights at prayer and led a strict monastic life. With the passage of time, and
against his wish, he was ordained to the dignity of presbyter, and then on the
bidding of the Patriarch he was made an hegumen. Serving in this dignity, he
tonsured into monasticism his own father. Saint Anthony was distinguished by
his mercy, by his love and concern for the destitute, and he distributed to
them generous help.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.