V. Dóminus vobíscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Intercessio nos, quaesumus Domine, beati Antonii Abbatis commendet: ut, quod nostris meritis non valemus, eius patrocinio assequamur.
Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
May the intercession of the blessed Abbot Anthony, commend us to You, O Lord, so that through his merits we may obtain that which we cannot accomplish by our own.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
From the Office of Matins
Antónius Ægyptius, cum ingréssus ecclésiam ex Evangélio audivísset: Si vis perféctus esse, vade, et vende ómnia quæ habes, et da paupéribus; tamquam ea sibi dicta essent, sic Christo Dómino obtemperándum existimávit. Itaque, véndita re familiári, prétium distríbuit paupéribus, ipséque in vastam Ægypti solitúdinem recéssit. Virtútum ómnium stúdio ita incénsus fuit, ut, quemcúmque vidéret áliqua virtútis laude excelléntem, illum imitári studéret. Nihil ígitur eo continéntius, nihil vigilántius erat. Tanto terróri dæmónibus erat, ut multi per Ægyptum ab illis agitáti, nómine Antónii super ipsos invocáto, liberaréntur. Ita, sanctitáte et miráculis clarus, cum innumerábiles sui institúti imitatóres habéret, annum agens quintum ultra centésimum, e vita migrávit décimo sexto Kaléndas Februárias.
When Anthony of Egypt entered a church and heard the words of the Gospel, "If you will be perfect, go, sell all that you have and give to the poor," he took them as if said to him personally, thinking that this is how Christ should be obeyed. And so, having sold his family possessions and distributed the money to the poor, he withdrew to the vast solitudes of Egypt. He was so fired with zeal for all virtues that, whenever he saw anyone praiseworthy for excelling in any virtue, he strove to imitate him. None was more disciplined than he, none more watchful. He was so great a terror to the demons that many persons throughout Egypt who were troubled by them were set free merely bv invoking Anthony's name. And so. famous for his holiness and his miracles, when he had drawn innumerable other men and women to follow his example, he departed this life in the hundred and fifth Year of his age, on January 17.