How the saint repelled the demons
Reverend Anthony the Great said for the spiritual benefit of the listeners this is what:
- How many times the demons attacked me under the guise of armed warriors and, taking images of scorpions, horses, animals and various snakes, surrounded me and filled the room in which I was. When I began to sing against them: “Other chariots, other horses, and we praise in the name of the Lord our God” (Ps. 19: 8), then, driven away by the grace of God, they fled.
Once they even appeared in a very bright form and began to say: “We have come, Anthony, in order to give you light”. But I closed my eyes in order not to see the devilish light, began to pray in my heart to God, and their ungodly light went out. Some time later, they again appeared and began to sing and argue with each other from Scripture before me, but I was as deaf and did not listen to them.
It happened that they shook my monastery itself, but I prayed to the Lord with an unrepentant heart. Often there were shouts, dances and ringing around me; but when I started to sing, their cries turned into deplorable cries,and I praised the Lord, who destroyed their power and put an end to their fury.