St Athanasius, whose life spanned the third and fourth centuries, was a Bishop of Alexandria, who involved himself fully in the battle for Christian Orthodoxy. He is also well known among monastics for his ‘Life of Antony’, the first Desert Father.

He said: ‘Christians, instead of arming themselves with swords, extend their hands in prayer’. Let us pray that this is true of us also in our own day.

May St Athanasius pray for us, and may God bless you abundantly in your journey of prayer.