The deposed bishop travelled to Rome, where he received total approval from the Western Church for his stand on the Deity of Christ, and was allowed to preach there before returning to his Church after the death of the Emperor. On February 9th, 356 A.D. five thousand Arian soldiers stormed the Church in Alexandria while Athanasius was leading a midnight service. The doors were barred, but the soldiers heaved against them to break them down and kill Athanasius once and for all. He calmly turned to the precentor and asked him to lead the congregation in singing the “Great Hallel” — Psalm 136 — which begins “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for his lovingkindness is everlasting . . .”
Athanasius of Alexandria (c. 296-373 AD)
Athanasius slipped out a side door and into the Egyptian desert. The enemy did not catch him, though he was forced into his fourth exile at that time.
It is no wonder that the Alexandrian Bishop has been known ever since as Athanasius Contra Mundum, or Athanasius Against the World. He stated he would believe the Word of God no matter if the entire world was against him, and he proved it in his fearless life in defense of the truth.