Tuesday, November 16, 2021

St. Anthony's Greek Monastery tour

Dressed in appropriate attire for a recent tour of St Anthony's Greek Monastery near Florence, the Historical League group experienced history and religion, art and architecture. Started in 1995 it now has one main chapel for the daily services, 9 smaller chapels and numerous gardens. Their website explains, "St. Anthony's Monastery is a place of repentance and prayer for the fathers and also for the faithful who are our pious guests. In honor of the saint whose monastery this is, and out of love and respect for this sacred ground, we humbly ask that you be properly attired at all times. Women are kindly asked to wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting shirts that fully cover the chest up to the neck; long skirts (or dresses) without deep slits; scarves that cover the head and wrap under the chin and around the neck, so that the neck is also covered. Please refrain from wearing lipstick when venerating icons and receiving Holy Communion. Please remove any visible face or body piercing jewelry."