Under the spiritual leadership of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II & His Grace Bishop Macarius, St. Anthony Monastery is established to be a community of consecrated monk-priests, monks and novices which pursue a way of life most closely resembling the communal life of St. Macarius the Great.
Daily, the monks and novices gather in the church for the communal services of midnight praises, celebration of the Holy Eucharist, and sunset prayers, which together comprise approximately 5 hours of their day. Upon being accepted as a novice at the monastery, a responsibility or “obedience” is also appointed by the Abbot in which the monk typically spends a quarter of their day laboring in obedience to the words of the Scriptures which say, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thess. 3:10). The labor of the monk is also very spiritually beneficial to ward off the idle and sinful thoughts of the demons, for as the fathers teach us, “An idol mind is the devil’s playground, and idle hands are his tools.” Usually resting for another quarter of their day, the remainder of the monk’s day is spent in individual prayer, reading, contemplation, and the necessities of life as they strive to continuously live in the presence of God.
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