St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery (Florence, Arizona)
|St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery|
|Approx. size||42 monks|
|Music used||Byzantine Chant|
|Feastdays celebrated||January 17|
|Official website||Official website|
The community was founded in 1995 by six monks along with Elder Ephraim, former abbot of Philotheou on Mt Athos, under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco (of blessed memory). In time it has grown to approximately 35 monks, and has continued to grow, providing the training grounds for the monks of other Greek Orthodox monasteries in America that are under the Elder's guidance.
The community consists of men living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members. Unlike on Athos, both men and women are equally encouraged and welcome to visit as pilgrims. It is not uncommon to see men, women, and children attending Liturgy with the monks.
- Midnight - Personal prayer.
- 3:30am - Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.
- ~8am - Breakfast.
- ~9am - Monks retire to cells.
- ~11:30am - Monks begin work.
- 1pm - Lunch.
- 5pm - Vespers.
- ~6pm - Dinner.
- ~7pm - Compline.
- 8pm - Monks retire to cells.