St. Anthony of Padua; The Miracle-Worker Novena Prayers and Devotions

 

St. Anthony, who derived his surname from the city of Padua, in Italy, because he spent many years there in preaching the Gospel, was a native of Lisbon, in Portugal, where he was very piously educated by his parents.

St. Francis himself had him ordained a priest, and gave him the responsibility to instruct his brethren in theology and also to preach.

He converted the most hardened sinners by his sermons, and convinced heretics of their errors, that they could not withstand him, on account of which he was called the "Hammer of the heretics."

 

Among his miracles to obtain the conversion of heretics, he made the sign of the cross over a goblet filled with poison, and drank it without being harmed. The cause of his doing this was that some heretics promised to return to the true Church, if he would drink the poison and not die.

A perpetual miracle was the fact that, although he preached only in one language, yet all his hearers understood him, no matter what might be their nationality.


At Rimini, the chief seat of the heretics, he ascended the pulpit; but as no heretic would come and listen to him, the Saint went to the sea-shore, where just at that time many of them were standing, and called to the fishes to hear his words, as men would not be instructed.

And behold! suddenly a great number of fishes raised their heads out of the water, as if to listen. Speaking for a short time of their Creator, he blessed and dismissed them.

This miracle caused the heretics to listen more attentively to St. Antony and to follow his admonitions.

St. Anthony and the Mule Who Knelt Before The Eucharist

Many heretics converted to the true faith, among whom was Bonovillus, who had denied the substantial presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

Not able to reply to Antony's arguments he requested the following miracles. Having starved his mule for three days, he was to bring him food at the same time that Saint Antony should come with the holy Eucharist; and if the beast, before touching his food, should fall down before the Blessed Sacrament, he would believe the Saint's words.

At the appointed time, the Saint arrived with the Blessed Sacrament, accompanied by many Catholics, and addressing the mule, which was held by Bonovillus, he said:
"I command thee, in the name of thy Creator and my Saviour, whom I, although an unworthy priest, carry at this moment in my hands, that you come, in all humility, and pay Him due honors."

Bonovillus, at the same time, threw down the animal's food and called him to come and eat. But without touching the food, the mule fell down on his fore knees, and bent his head. The Catholics rejoiced at this incontestable miracle, but the heretics hid their heads and Bonovillus was converted. 

Who can count all the miracles God wrought through this Saint, or who can sufficiently praise the wonderful gifts with which he was graced?

More than once it happened that at the same time when he was standing in the pulpit to preach, he appeared also in the choir and sang the lesson of the daily office of the Church, which was pointed out to him.

He prophesied many future events and knew by divine revelation many secrets of the heart. 

 

The Saint is generally represented with the divine Child, as He appeared to him and embraced him. The lilies are also dedicated to him as an emblem of his unspotted innocence and purity.

It is well known that this Saint is invoked when things are lost or have been purloined. Countless occurrences show at this day that the intercession of this Saint is powerful at the throne of the Almighty.

 

𝗦𝘁. 𝗔𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗻𝘆'𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗲 𝗠𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗹𝘆 𝗗𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗔 𝗟𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿

St. Anthony is well known as the Franciscan Friar who finds lost articles, but this is not the reason for the pious custom of giving him charge of our mail.

In the early eighteenth century, a certain merchant sailed from Spain to Peru. His wife wrote him several letters, but never received a reply. At length, being at the end of her material sustenance and without hearing from her husband, she invoked the aid of Saint Anthony with childlike confidence.

In the Franciscan church in Oviedo, she placed another letter to her husband into the hand of a large statue of the saint, begging him to have it safely delivered. She later returned to the church, and seeing the paper still in the statue’s hand, she began complaining to St. Anthony for not living up to her confidence.

A priest, hearing her cries, came to see what the problem was. Upon hearing the story, he asked her to get the letter, for the statue would not relinquish it to him. The woman reached up for the letter, and not only could she take it easily, but several gold pieces fell to the floor.

To her joy, the letter was not hers, but an entirely different letter from her husband, who expressed concern about not hearing from her sooner. He also related that a Franciscan father had brought his wife’s letter and had promised to deliver the reply.

The letter may still be still be seen at Oviedo and is dated Lima, July 23, 1729.

 


Novena to Saint Anthony



We Salute thee, Saint Anthony lily of purity, ornament and glory of Christianity. We rejoice at the favors God has so liberally bestowed on thee. In humility and confidence we entreat thee to help us for we know that God has given thee charity and pity as well as power. Then behold our distress, our anxiety, our fears concerning [Here mention your intentions.]

We ask it of thee by the love thou didst feel for the divine Child when he loaded thee with caresses. Tell Him of our wants. Remember thy rapture when thou didst clasp Him to thy heart when thou didst press thy cheek to His and didst listen to His divine whispers.

One sigh from thee whom He honors will crown our success and fill us with joy. Think of this and hear our prayer. Obtain for us all that we desire and we will publish thy greatness thereby to glorify Him by whom thou wert so highly favored. Amen O Holy Saint Anthony, Gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures made you worthy when on earthy to possess miraculous powers.

Miracles waited on your word which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me my request [Here mention your intentions.]

The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the Saint of miracles. O Gentle and Loving Saint Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, Who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours.

Saint Anthony, loved and honored by the divine Child Jesus, Obtain what we ask of thee.

Saint Anthony, powerful in word and work, Obtain what we ask of thee.

Saint Anthony, attentive to those who invoke thee, Obtain what we ask of thee.

 


Prayer for the Restoration of Things Lost or Stolen 


Blessed St. Anthony! the grace of God has made thee a powerful advocate in all necessities, and the patron for the restoration of things lost or stolen; to thee I turn today with childlike love and heartfelt confidence. Oh, how many thousands hast thou miraculously aided in the recovery of lost goods!

Thou wast the counsellor of the erring, the comforter of the afflicted, the healer of the sick, the raiser of the dead, the deliverer of the captive, the refuge of the afflicted; to thee do I hasten, O Blessed St. Anthony. Help me in my present affliction. I recommend what I have lost to thy care, in the secure hope that thou wilt restore it to me, if it be to the greater glory of God, and to the spiritual benefit of my soul, that I may praise and thank thee, in time and eternity, for thy glorious intercession in my behalf. Amen.

 

Prayer to St. Anthony as Intercessor

 

O my chosen intercessor, Saint Anthony, refuge of the afflicted! I come to thee, with the fullest confidence, to receive thy aid in this my necessity. Holy father, let me be numbered among those devoted to thee whose petitions have been heard through thy powerful intercession.

I confess that I am unworthy of thy intercession on account of my many and varied sins; yet, as thou didst seek during thy life to lead the greatest sinners to know and love God, I now place my trust in thee, and commit my petition to thy hands. Lay it, I beseech thee, before God, and obtain for me, if it be in accordance with His holy will, its fulfillment, through thy merits. Assist me during my entire life, and especially in all things conducive to the salvation of my soul! Amen.

 


Prayer to St. Anthony as your Patron Saint

 

Saint Anthony, whom I have chosen as my special patron, pray for me that I, too, may one day glorify the Blessed Trinity in heaven. Obtain for me your lively faith, that I may consider all persons, things, and events in the light of almighty God. Pray, that I may be generous in making sacrifices of temporal things to promote my eternal interests, as you so wisely did.

Set me on fire with a love for Jesus, that I may thirst for His sacraments and burn with zeal for the spread of His kingdom. By your powerful intercession, help me in the performance of my duties to God, myself and all the world.

Win for me the virtue of purity and a great confidence in the Blessed Virgin. Protect me this day, and every day of my life. Keep me from mortal sin. Obtain for me the grace of a happy death. Amen.
 
 

Litany of Saint Anthony


Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
St. Anthony, glory of the Friars Minor, pray for us.
St. Anthony, lily of virginity, pray for us.
St. Anthony, gem of poverty, pray for us.

St. Anthony, example of obedience, pray for us.
St. Anthony, mirror of abstinence, pray for us.
St. Anthony, vessel of purity, pray for us.
St. Anthony, star of sanctity, pray for us.

St. Anthony, model of conduct, pray for us.
St. Anthony, beauty of paradise, pray for us.
St. Anthony, ark of the testament, pray for us.
St. Anthony, keeper of the Scriptures, pray for us.

St. Anthony, teacher of the truth, pray for us.
St. Anthony, preacher of grace, pray for us.
St. Anthony, exterminator of vices, pray for us.
St. Anthony, planter of virtues, pray for us.

St. Anthony, conqueror of heretics, pray for us.
St. Anthony, terror of infidels, pray for us.
St. Anthony, consoler of the afflicted, pray for us.
St. Anthony, searcher of consciences, pray for us.

St. Anthony, martyr in desire, pray for us.
St. Anthony, terror of the devils, pray for us.
St. Anthony, horror of hell, pray for us.
St. Anthony, performer of miracles, pray for us.

St. Anthony, restorer of lost things, pray for us.
St. Anthony, helper in need, pray for us.
St. Anthony, Purveyor for God's Poor, pray for us.


Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

V. St. Anthony, pray for us.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray:

O God let the votive commemoration of Blessed Anthony, Thy Confessor, be a source of joy to Thy Church, that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance, and may deserve to possess eternal joy, through Christ our Lord. Amen


 
 

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

O Glorious wonder-worker, Saint Anthony, father of the poor and comforter of the afflicted, thou who hast come with such loving solicitude to my assistance, and hast comforted me so abundantly: behold me at thy feet to offer thee my heartfelt thanks. Accept, therefore, this offering and with it my earnest promise which I now renew, to live always in the love of Jesus and my neighbor. Continue to shield me graciously with thy protection, and obtain for me the final grace of being able one day to enter the kingdom of heaven, there to sing with thee the everlasting mercies of God. Amen.

(An Indulgence of 300 days.)

 

 

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