St. Anthony's Fire and St. Anthony's Blessings

Maiolica image of St. Anthony, protector of animals Maiolica image of St. Anthony, protector of animals

St. Anthony Abbot, much venerated throughout Italy, is a hermit saint who died in the deserts of Egypt on January 17 in the fourth century (not to be confused with St. Anthony of Padua, a Franciscan saint of the 13th century). Legend has it that during his periods of prayer and fasting in the desert, his only companions were the animals. Occasionally, the local people brought him bread.

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