Say a Prayer to Saint Anthony
- The Wonder Worker of
Benedict O’Donoghue O.F.M
ACTS No. 1014 (1966) (reprinted 1999)
Devotion to the Saints has always
been a great characteristic of our Catholic life. These blessed souls
have ever had a place in our hearts that is second only to that of God
and His Blessed Mother.
We have honoured them because they are the heroes and heroines of the
Faith and the special friends of Almighty God. We have honoured them
too, because we know that in them we have powerful advocates who are
ever ready to plead with their Divine Friend on our behalf.
This pamphlet has been compiled in the hope that it will provide a
handy source of prayers and devotions for the many lovers of St Anthony
of Padua, and also with a view of introducing “the Saint of the world”
to the few who may not know him.
Briefly the story of St Anthony's
life is this: He was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in the year 1195.
At the age of fifteen he entered the community of the Canons Regular of
St Augustine. Two years later he was sent to the convent of the
Augustinians in Coimbra. It was there that he met five Franciscans who
were destined to become the first martyrs amongst the sons of St
Francis of Assisi. They came to the convent one night begging
hospitality, and were welcomed by the Canons who were even more kind
when they heard that the Friars were on their way to Morocco to preach
the Gospel to the Saracens. Anthony listened with rapt attention to the
guests, and in his capacity of guest-master, tirelessly ministered to
their every need. When they had set out on their journey again, they
left behind in the heart of Anthony a great desire to follow them and
to give his life to God in the foreign missions. Only five months later
the five Friars were martyred and their bodies were brought back to
Coimbra. This event decided Anthony and he asked to be allowed to
transfer to the Franciscan Order so that he might realize his heroic
ambition. This request was granted and a few months later we find him
on his way to attempt the conversion of the followers of Mohammed's
"the Mohammedan Mission of Morocco," in quest of souls and martyrdom.
However, the hour when he seemed to have reached his goal was the
prelude to deep disappointment. No sooner had he landed than he was
stricken down with fever and there was nothing for him to do but to
return home. But God had great works in store for him and gave him,
through his superiors, an outlet for his missionary zeal in Italy and
Everywhere he went he lit the flame of fervour in the hearts of the
thousands of people who flocked to hear him, and very soon his
preaching, together with the miracles that he worked constantly, made
the name of Anthony a household word. He set himself to combat the
heresies of the Manichees and the Albigenses. His success in this
conflict was enormous and the heretics returned in great numbers to the
Faith, the shackles that bound their souls smashed by this powerful
“Hammer of Heresies.”
In 1228 Anthony was sent to Padua – the city which has claimed him as
its own and has guarded proudly and affectionately his name and fame.
There it was that he spent the last years of his all-too-short life,
and there it was that he died on June 13th 1231. Less than a year
later, on May 30th 1232, he was solemnly canonized by by Pope Gregory
IX, who decreed that his Feast should be celebrated each year on the
anniversary of his death.
The eight centuries, almost, which have passed since his death have
witnessed a remarkable devotion to the glorious saint – so outstanding,
indeed, that Pope Leo XIII would have him called “the saint of the
whole world.” He has won this honour first of all because of the
astonishing way in which God has honoured him and the strong appeal
that his beautiful heroic life must make to all who read about him. But
he has won this devotion also because of the all-embracing power he has
shown to help us in our many needs, both spiritual and temporal. If
Anthony was a wonder-worker in life he has earned a far greater right
to that title since his entrance to eternal life. It almost seems as
though God's beautiful gesture in coming to rest as the Divine infant
in the arms of Anthony was a symbol of the way in which he was to put
His choicest gifts and graces into the arms of the saint – ever
stretched out through the centuries, pleading in our name. To borrow
the words of the Bollandists: “It is impossible to describe adequately
the marvels and wonders with which God has deigned to glorify His
servant. The miracles of Anthony are so constant and so numerous as to
appear to constitute one great unceasing miracle; and it would be a
greater miracle still if he ceased to work them. So famous have they
rendered him in the eyes of all people that one is often tempted to
remark that Almighty God plays with him as he did with his holy father,
St Francis, in granting him the power to work wonders, not so much for
the needs of souls as for the pleasure it gives Him to rejoice our
hearts through His servant, Anthony.”
No plea is too trivial, none too great, when we make it to Anthony of
Padua. It may be that we come only to ask him to find some trifle we
have lost. Or perhaps we come in great need – whatever our request we
can rely on him to help us.
Today, the words of the Responsory
attributed to St Bonaventure are being echoed by a world-wide chorus of
grateful souls, forever acknowledging to their beloved saint:
Death, error, all
The demons fly, and leprosy,
And health succeeds infirmities
The sea obeys and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs you do restore,
While treasures lost are found again
When young and old your aid implore.
Another translation (less exact) runs:
If anyone seeks your aid, O great Saint
>From Death and its agonies,
>From Error and the enemies of God,
>From all calamities,
>From the demons and their snares,
>From impurities and leprosy of Soul or Body,
>From diseases and infirmities in search of health,
>From disasters at sea and while travelling,
>From captivity of Soul, Mind or Body,
>From paralysis and loss of limb,
>From loss of things held so dear,
>From dangers which threaten the young,
>From dangers which oppress the old,
>From dangers which threaten our body or our soul,
all the days of our life's patrol,
Surely the Lord will heed your plea!
The Holy Father, Pope Pius XII, raised St Anthony to the dignity of
Doctor of the Church under the title of “the Evangelical Doctor.” Is it
not, perhaps, that in these days of great need, when the wants of our
troubled hearts are many, Divine Providence would remind us again of
this beloved friend, whom He loves to honour by granting requests which
we make through his intercession!
In the following pages you will find some ways of honouring this Saint
and showing him your gratitude for past favours, and the various
devotions and prayers through which to seek his aid in the future.
[Where reference is made to an indulgence available for the recitation
of prayers, it is the Web-master's Assistant's understanding that all
indulgences previously granted as 'so many days, etc.' are still valid
as 'partial indulgences' and all previous plenary indulgences granted
are still valid provided the supplicant fulfils the 'usual conditions'
for a plenary indulgence.]
DEVOTIONS IN HONOUR OF ST ANTHONY
Devotions of the Nine Tuesdays
On the Tuesday following the death of St Anthony the people of Padua
carried his body to its last resting place in the Church of Our Blessed
Lady, which was attached to the Franciscan Friary at Padua. The
occasion was marked by great splendour and enthusiasm, and the cortege
moved through the city to the music of bells and joyous hymns. The day
was marked, too, by an extraordinary number of miracles. The
biographers of the Saint tell us that “the blind regained their sight,
the deaf their hearing, and the lame the use of their limbs. Every
grace and favour asked for in faith and confidence was granted.” The
people were so impressed by the wonderful things they had witnessed
that they began to observe Tuesdays as days of special devotion in
honour of their saint. However, as time went on, the practice fell into
disuse until, in 1616, St Anthony himself revived it in the form of a
novena of nine consecutive Tuesdays.
In that year – 1616 – “there lived at Bologna a noble and pious couple
who, after twenty two years of married life, were childless. One day
the lonely wife, kneeling before the altar of St Anthony in the
Franciscan church, laid before the saint the sorrow of her life and
begged his intercession. And see! The saint himself appeared before her
and bade her visit his altar and pray before it on nine consecutive
Tuesdays. This she did and in course of time became a mother. But to
the bitter disappointment of the parents, the infant was found to be
horribly deformed. This new sorrow, however, proved to be but a further
trial of their faith. The mother brought the babe to the altar of the
saint, and on touching it to the stone, all traces of the deformity
The grateful parents spread everywhere the news of the miracle and very
soon the Devotion of the Nine Tuesdays (the Novena) became very popular
throughout Europe. Today it is practised universally throughout the
world. It has always proved to be a marvellously efficacious means of
winning St Anthony's assistance.
The following plan is suggested for making the Novena:
(i) Receive, if possible, the
Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist on nine consecutive Tuesdays.
This may be done in any church.
(ii) On each of the Tuesdays visit a church, Franciscan if possible,
and before a statue or relic of St Anthony, recite appropriate prayers.
If the church cannot be visited, the prayers may be said at home before
an image of the saint.
(iii) To gain a plenary indulgence on each Tuesday of the Novena,
receive the Sacraments, visit a Franciscan church during the exposition
of the Blessed Sacrament and there pray for the intentions of the
Supreme Pontiff. (This indulgence can be gained on each Tuesday of the
year on these same conditions.)
No particular prayers are prescribed
for the Novena, but the following are commonly used.
Prayers for the Devotion of the Nine
O Jesus my Saviour! Who vouchsafed to
appear to St Anthony in the form of an infant, I implore you, through
the love you bore to this saint when he dwelt on earth and which you
now bear to him in heaven, graciously hear my prayer and assist me in
my necessities, who live and reign, world without end. Amen.
O glorious St Anthony, safe refuge of all the afflicted and distressed,
you have revealed that all who piously invoke you at your altar on nine
consecutive Tuesdays shall experience the power of your intercession.
Encouraged by your promise, and by the knowledge of the wonderful
favours and graces which God bestows on those who piously invoke your
intercession, I come to you, O powerful Saint, and with a firm hope I
implore your aid, your protection, your counsel, and your blessing.
Obtain for me, I beseech you my request. (Pause here and make your request).
But if it should be opposed to the Will of God and the welfare of my
soul, obtain for me such other graces as shall be conducive to my
salvation. This Prayer I make
Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Then say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, followed by the
This powerful and highly indulgenced prayer, sometimes known as the si
quideris from the first words of the Latin translation, is
attributed to St Bonaventure, and is considered to have been composed
by him on the occasion of the discovery of the incorrupt tongue of St
Anthony. This remarkable discovery was made in the year 1263, when the
saint's relics were transferred to the magnificent basilica that had
been built in his honour in Padua. When the tomb was opened it was
found that the flesh was crumbled in dust but that the tongue was
intact and had the appearance of the tongue of a living man.
The Responsory is a very popular means of honouring St Anthony and
seeking his aid, especially in the recovery of things that have been
CHAPLET OF ST. ANTHONY
St Bonaventure is also the author of another devotion in honour of the
saint. It is known as the Chaplet or Rosary of St Anthony and is
recited while meditating on the thirteen petitions of the Responsory.
1. St Anthony, you who raise the dead,
pray for those Christians now in
their agony – Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be …
2. St Anthony, zealous preacher of the Gospel, fortify us against the
enemies of God, and pray for the Pope and the Church - Our Father etc.
3. St Anthony, powerful with the Heart of Jesus preserve us from the
calamities, which threaten us on account of all our sins. – Our Father.
4. St Anthony, you who drive away devils, make us triumph over their
snares. – Our Father, etc.
5. St Anthony, lily of heavenly purity, purify us from the stains of
the soul, and preserve our bodies from all danger. – Our Father, etc.
6. St Anthony, healer of the sick, cure our diseases and preserve us in
health. – Our Father, etc..
7. St Anthony, guide of travellers, bring to safe harbour those who are
in danger of perishing, and calm the troubled waves of passion which
agitate our souls. – Our Father etc.
8. St Anthony, liberator of captives, deliver us from the captivity of
evil. – Our Father etc.
9. St Anthony, who restore the young and old the use of our limbs,
obtain for us the perfect use of the senses of our body, and the
faculties of our soul. – Our Father, etc.
10. St Anthony, finder of lost things, help us to find all that we have
in the spiritual and in the temporal order. – Our Father, etc.
11. St Anthony, protected by Mary, avert the dangers which threaten our
body and our soul. – Our Father, etc.
12. St Anthony, we thankfully proclaim your miraculous power, and we
beseech you to protect us all the days of our life. – Our Father, etc.
13. St Anthony, we thankfully proclaim your miraculous power, and we
beseech you to protect us all the days of our life, especially at the
moment of death. – Our Father, etc.
This form of devotion also dates from the thirteenth century. It
originated through a miracle of which the following is the
authoritative account: “A certain woman of Lisbon frequently suffered
from dreadful convulsions that seemed to indicate demoniacal
possession. One day her husband, taunting her with her affliction,
it to guilt, whereupon the unfortunate creature was so cruelly upset
that she determined to put and end to her life by drowning herself in
the Tagus River. While on her to carry out her terrible resolution she
a church of the Friars Minor. She remembered that it was the feast of
St Anthony, and it occurred to her to enter to say a last prayer. While
praying she fell into a kind of trance. She seemed to see the Saint
standing near her, gazing at her gravely and compassionately, and
holding in his hands a piece of parchment.
"This he gave to her with the
words: ‘Arise, woman, and take this paper, which will free you from all
the molestations of the Evil One.’ On coming to herself she was amazed
to find in her hands the parchment.
"It bore these words from the Book
of the Apocalypse: 'Behold the Cross
of the Lord; fly, all hostile
powers! The Lion of the tribe of Judah, Root of David, has conquered.
"Calm and hopeful, the woman returned home and from that day forward,
long as she kept the precious document in her possession, she was never
troubled by the demon. . . .
"Now it happened that the husband, in his gratitude for the favour
received, published it everywhere. The story came to ears of the King
of Portugal, who bought the document from the delighted husband. The
result was that the woman again became subject to her
old affliction. In great distress the husband appealed to the Friars
Minor to intercede with the monarch for the restoration of the precious
document. They did so, but succeeded in obtaining only a copy which
however, was found to have the same efficacy as the original.”
Copies of the brief were made and distributed and its efficacy as a
protection against dangers both to soul and body has since proven in
many striking ways. One such example is worth mentioning. In the winter
of 1748 a French warship was overtaken by a terrific storm of the coast
of Brittany. She was soon in distress and all hope was abandoned. Then
the chaplain, in the name of the crew, invoked the aid of St Anthony.
He wrote on a piece of paper the words of the Brief and threw it into
the sea saying: “O great St Anthony, hear our prayer.” Immediately the
wind dropped and the sea became calm and the vessel reached port
This Brief may be worn on the person or carried in a purse, and no
special prayers are prescribed.
All that is necessary is confidence in the Saint's protection. The
Brief may be copied on paper, cloth or metal. An indulgence of 100
days, once a day, has been attached to the text of the Brief by Pope
True son of St Francis that he was, St Anthony had a great love for the
poor, and even now, he still continues to help them by encouraging the
devotion known as “St Anthony's Bread.”. This is a very old devotion,
too, and it had its origin in Padua as the result of another miracle.
A little child, whose parents lived near the Basilica, which was then
being built, fell into a vessel of water and was drowned. The poor
mother was heartbroken, but great as was her grief she had a greater
confidence in the power of St Anthony. She begged him to help her and
give her back her babe, promising that if her prayers were heard she
would give the child's weight in grain to the poor. Towards midnight,
while the bereaved mother was still praying, the child rose as if from
After this miracle the practice developed of promising alms to the poor
in return for favours received through the intercession of the Saint.
Today this practice is widespread, and in most of our churches boxes
are provided to receive alms for the poor from those who have been
assisted by this great Friend of the poor.
Great impetus was given to this devotion by a simple incident that
occurred towards the end of the last decades of the 19th century. A
pious French girl,
Louise Bouffier, who owned a small linen store in Toulon, found
difficulty, one morning in opening the door of her shop. After repeated
efforts she sent for a locksmith, whose assortment of keys proved
useless. Deciding that the lock must be forced, the man departed to get
tools for the purpose. While he was away, Louise prayed earnestly to St
Anthony, promising him bread for his poor if the door was opened
without damage to the lock. When the locksmith returned she asked him
to try his keys once, telling him of her promise to the Saint. The man
did as she asked, and with the first key he tried, opened the door
without any difficulty.
This incident greatly strengthened Louis Bouffier’s confidence in St
Anthony. She increased her devotion to him, always promising bread to
the poor. Her friends following her example, with the result that, in a
short time, the rear of her store became a centre for St Anthony's
Bread in Toulon. People of all ranks and conditions came there to pray
before the statue of St Anthony that had been erected. Alms of bread
arrived in great quantities, until the task of distributing it became
It was then decided to accept money offerings for the poor, who were
thereby enabled to purchase not only food, but also clothing and other
necessities. The thank-offerings also took the form of alms for the
education of poor boys for the Priesthood.
We have recourse to you, most powerful
worker of miracles, in whose
breast burned a sublime fire of charity towards God and the poor. To
you, who were deemed worthy to hold in your arms the Infant Jesus, who
chose to be born poor. To you, full of confidence, we betake ourselves,
that you may pray to the good Jesus to have compassion on us in our
great tribulations. Obtain for us this favour which we humbly implore.
(Here state your request). If
you obtain this for us, O glorious St Anthony,
we will offer you bread for the poor whom you did love so greatly on
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be (100 days once a day).
O wonderful St Anthony, glorious on
account of the fame of your
miracles, and through the condescension of Jesus in coming in the form
of a little Child to repose in your arms, obtain for me of his bounty
the grace which I ardently desire from the depths of my heart. You, who
were so compassionate towards miserable sinners, regard not the
unworthiness of those who pray to you but the glory of God, that it may
be once again magnified by you to the salvation of my soul, in
connection with the particular request of which I now ask with
persevering earnestness. May this small offering of alms, which I make
to you in aid of the poor, be a pledge of my gratitude, and with them
may it be one day granted to me, through the grace of Jesus Christ and
your intercession, to possess the kingdom of heaven. Amen.
(300 days once a day, applicable to souls in Purgatory)
A very beautiful and picturesque custom that forms part of the
ceremonies which can take place on the Feast of St Anthony is the
of the blessing of St Anthony's Lilies.
This custom was begun to commemorate a special manifestation of St
Anthony at Marcasso, in Corsica. During a revolution, the Franciscans
were driven into exile. However, their chapel remained open and a
public procession was made to it each year on June 13th. For this
occasion a temporary altar of St Anthony was erected in the centre of
the main aisle. Garlands of flowers hung above the Saints head; at his
feet were placed roses and other flowers, and lilies of spotless white
stood out against a green background of laurel and myrtle.
On one occasion, the young man who had been appointed sacristan,
neglected to remove the statue of St Anthony at the end of the
ceremonies. Several months later he went with a few helpers to the
deserted chapel to complete his work. To their surprise they found the
lilies fresh and white, whereas the other flowers were withered and
A similar thing happened in Austria in 1680. On the Saint's feast, a
freshly cut lily had been placed in one of the hands of his statue. For
an entire year the flower remained as fresh and white as it was on the
day it was put there. The next year the same stem bore two lilies,
which filled the whole church with their fragrance. This fact was
authenticated officially, and was looked upon as a recommendation to
bless lilies, the symbols of purity, and call on God, the Creator and
Preserver of all mankind, the great Lover of purity, to cure diseases
and other afflictions of soul and body, through St Anthony's
intercession after applying a blessed lily.
Prayer Used in Blessing Lilies
O God, who are the Creator and
Preserver of all mankind, the Lover of
spotless purity, the Giver of all grace and everlasting life, sanctify
by your holy benediction these lilies, which in thanksgiving and in
honour of St Anthony, your Confessor, we present for your blessing.
Pour down upon them, by the sacred sign
of the Cross, your heavenly
dew, you who did so kindly create them to gladden man by their beauty
and fragrance; enrich them with such power, that to whatever disease
they may be applied, or in whatever home they may be kept, or on
whatever person they may be
borne with devotion, through the intercession of your servant, Anthony,
they may cure every sickness, repel the attacks of Satan, preserve holy
chastity, and bring grace and peace to all who serve you, Through
Christ Our Lord. Amen.
– SAINT ANTHONY GUIDE
Another practice of those who are devoted to St Anthony is to entrust
their letters to his care.
St Anthony became the special Patron of written messages and the
Protector who watches over the safe delivery of letters because of a
A merchant had gone from Spain to Peru on business. Although his wife
wrote to him several times she did not receive any answer, so she
decided to get St Anthony to help her. With childlike confidence she
went to the Franciscan church in Oviedo and placed a letter in the
hands of the statue of the Saint, asking him to deliver it to her
husband. Later she returned to the church, and to her great joy, she
founds a reply from her husband in the place of the letter. With it
were several gold pieces. The letter may still be seen at Oviedo. It
was dated: Lima, July 23, 1729, and states that the wife's letter was
delivered by a Franciscan Father.
Usually, those who invoke St Anthony's protection in this way write
“S.A.G.” on the back of their letters or seal their letters with "St
Anthony guide" seals.
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PRAYERS TO ST ANTHONY
For the Recovery of Lost Objects
O blessed St Anthony! The grace of God has made you a powerful advocate
in all necessities and the patron for the restoration of things lost or
stolen; to you I turn today with childlike love and heartfelt
confidence. Oh, how many thousands have you miraculously aided in the
recovery of lost goods! You have been the counsellor of the erring, the
healer of the sick, the raiser of the dead, the deliverer of the
captive, the comforter of the afflicted; to you do I hasten, O blessed
St Anthony! Help me in my present affliction. I recommend what I have
lost to your care, in the secure hope that you will restore it to me,
if it be to the greater glory of God and to the benefit of my soul.
Obtain also for me an active faith, peace of mind, disgust for the vain
pleasures of the world, and an ardent desire for the imperishable goods
of eternity. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Responsory.
For the Choice of a State of Life
O glorious St Anthony, you faithful follower of Saint Francis, the
Assisi, who so faithfully lived and died in the Rule of Life that God
in his goodness showed to you, assist me by your powerful intercession
that I may know the path in life he has planned for me, and that I may
receive the grace and courage to follow his holy inspirations. Pray
that I may fulfil the will of God in all things so that I may love
him, with you, for all eternity. Amen.
A Student's Prayer
O glorious St Anthony, divinely endowed with the learning of the
saints, I desire to place my studies under your protection. Guided by
your example, I wish to draw all my knowledge from the Sacred Hearts of
Jesus and Mary. With your assistance, I will study in a spirit of
penance and with a pure intention. May the Father of Light grant me,
through your intercession, a clear intellect, sound judgement and
retentive memory. Help me to study perseveringly in order that I may
develop the gifts with which God has endowed me, and use them according
to His divine will. O dear St Anthony, aid me to succeed in my studies
and examinations if it be for the greater glory of God and the benefit
of my soul. Amen.
(To students, indulgence 300 days each time; Plenary, on usual
conditions, if said daily for a month.)
For the Propagation of the Faith
St Anthony, greater promoter of the glory of God and his holy Faith,
who did labour so unceasingly to bring unbelievers and heretics to the
light of the true faith, offer our prayers to God with yours that we
may never lose the gift of faith, and that all infidels, heretics and
sinners may be converted, and obtain the grace to enter the one fold
under one Shepherd. Enlighten the darkness of their understanding and
soften the hardness of their hearts. Help them to accept the truth and
resolutely persevere therein that the number of the just may be
increased, and God's name unceasingly praised in heaven and on earth,
Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
In Time of Sickness
St Anthony, physician of soul and body, and consolation of the sick who
ask your prayers, turn your compassionate eyes upon me, your foster
afflicted with painful infirmities, send up sighs and prayers for
relief from these sufferings, and for comfort in all sickness. O great
friend of God, through your rich merits and your powerful mediation
with Him, the sick are not only made sound and whole, but many are
saved from death. Therefore, I earnestly beg you to have mercy upon me,
and bear my sighs and petitions to the throne of God, that He may
free me from my infirmities. Give me your strength of soul, so
that together our strengths might be pleasing to our Heavenly Father.
O compassionate Jesus, Man of Sorrows, who deigned to endure our
weakness and sufferings, hear me and have mercy on my weakness. Heal my
soul, for I have sinned before you; heal my body also, that restored to
health through the merits of St. Anthony, I may give thanks to you.
For Our Sick Relatives and Friends
O glorious St Anthony, perfect model of patience and meekness, who have
joyfully taken upon yourself so many unmerited contempts and troubles,
obtain from me, from the Divine Heart of Jesus, the grace henceforward
to embrace with love the Cross of Christ, and patiently to bear all
adversities of life. Pray also for these sick persons … (mention the
names) … that they may, by your powerful intercession, be cured
For a Happy Death
O glorious St Anthony, invincible conqueror of death, who did restore
so many to life, protect me from a sudden and unprovided death and my
soul from mortal sin, in order that I may always love God and remain in
His holy grace. Amen.
For Our Beloved Deceased
Have compassion, dear St. Anthony, upon the faithful departed,
particularly on the souls of my deceased parents, relatives, friends,
and benefactors, who are detained in the flames of Purgatory. (Mention
the names.) Pray for them that they may be speedily admitted to
blissful image of God. Amen.
For Spiritual Needs of Relatives and
O St Anthony, you taught unbelievers the way of truth, and restored the
erring by penance to God. Obtain for me, and all in the Church
invincible firmness in the faith; hasten to the assistance of those
who, by unbelief, have turned from Christ, the one true Way. Enlighten
the darkness of their understanding and soften the hardness of their
will that they may return to the bosom of the true Church and be
wrested from the grasp of Satan, Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Remember, O miracle-working Saint, that it was never was heard, that
left without help or relief, anyone who in need had recourse to you.
Animated with the most lively confidence, even with the full conviction
of not being refused, I fly for refuge to you, O most favoured and
blessed friend of the Infant Jesus! Eloquent preacher of the Divine
mercies, despise not my supplications, but bringing them before the
throne of God, strengthen them by your intercession and obtain for me
what I ask – help and consolation in my need, O most glorious,
miracle-working, mighty St Anthony. Amen.
Dear Lord, Jesus Christ, despise not the supplications brought to your
Most Sacred Heart, on my behalf by your glorious friend and devotee,
your faithful servant, St Anthony.
Aspirations to Saint Anthony
V. St Anthony, whom the Infant Jesus so
much loved and honoured.
R. Grant us what we ask of you.
V. St Anthony, powerful in word and work.
R. Grant us what we ask of you.
V. St Anthony, attentive to those who
R. Grant us what we ask of you. Amen.
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
O kind St Anthony, I thank you with all my heart for the great favour
you have shown me in granting my petition, which you obtained though
the mercy of God. Despise not the small thank-offering which I make you
in my poverty. Take all my future needs of body and soul under your
care, and let my love for you daily increase.
A thousand thanks to you, Lord of heaven and earth, worthy of all
praise, that, for the sake of the intercession and merits of your
faithful servant, Anthony, you granted me grace and mercy. My soul
blessed you for the proofs of your paternal kindness and, with St
Anthony, I praise and thank you now and forever. Amen.
NOTE ON PRAYING TO ST ANTHONY
When you ask St Anthony to help you
always remember the following
1. Have a great confidence in the power
of the Saint and his readiness
to help you .
2. Persevere in your prayers if your petition is not granted
3. Make yourself more worthy of being helped by endeavouring to serve
God as perfectly as you are able.
4. Do not lose confidence in St Anthony if a particular request is not
Your request will be granted only if it is for the greater glory of God
and not opposed to your
5. Do not forget show your gratitude for favours received,
by increasing devotion to St Anthony
and fostering that devotion in the lives of others,
and by acts of kindness and generosity to the poor.
ACT OF CONFESSION TO ST ANTHONY
Dear St Anthony, glorious servant and blessed friend of God! I salute
you in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, whom, in the form of a sweet little
child, you had the privilege of holding in your arms. I rejoice in your
joy: I glory in your honour; I offer you my heartfelt congratulations
upon the unspeakable bliss of heaven which is now your reward, and I
thank God with all my heart for the graces and privileges with which he
has distinguished you above so many other saints. O St Anthony, I
consecrate myself to you. I choose you to be my patron, my advocate, my
powerful intercessor at the court of heaven, and I am resolved to
honour you always. I beseech you, therefore, receive me as your client,
protect and defend me, help me in all the necessities in life and
death, that my soul may be saved, and that with you I may glorify God
OF ST ANTHONY
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord show His face to you and have mercy on you.
The Lord turn his
countenance to you and give you peace.
The Lord bless you.
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Among the clients of St Anthony special mention is owed to the
Society of Saint Peter Canisius,
875 Riversdale Rd, Camberwell 3124
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