Prayers

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St. Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195.  He joined the Augustinian Order when he was 15.  In 1220, he witnessed the courage of five Franciscan Friars who were on their way to Morocco where they were martyred.  He was so impressed by their love of the Lord that he became a follower of St. Francis of Assisi.

Like St. Francis, St. Anthony was loved by the common people.

He was famous for his preaching, especially to those who had lost their faith.  He had hoped to become a missionary, but his poor health prevented him from accomplishing his dream.  Yet, St. Anthony continued to serve the Lord who he loved so profoundly that one of his friends even had a vision of him holding the child Jesus in his arms.  He still expressed that love through his intercession as the patron of the lost, and the many good deeds done for the poor in his name.

St. Anthony died in 1231 at the age of 36.  His body lies in the shrine dedicated to him in Padua, Italy.  His tomb is under the protection of the Conventual Franciscan Friars.

St. Anthony, Through whose voice the Word of God was preached,

intercede for my need.  Powerful Patron, Be with me always and teach

me to reach outin love and support to others.

Amen

UNFAILING PRAYER TO ST. ANTHONY

“Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints”

O holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when – on earth, 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 of you to obtain for me (request)  The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the Saint of Miracles.  O gentle and loving St. 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.


PRAYER TO SAINT ANTHONY TO RECOVER LOST THINGS

O blessed St. Anthony, the grace of God has made you a powerful advocate in all our needs and the patron for the restoring of things lost or stolen. I turn to you today with childlike love and deep confidence. You have helped countless children of God to find the things they have lost, material things, and, more importantly, the things of the spirit: faith, hope, and love. I come to you with confidence; help me in my present need. I recommend what I have lost to your care, in the hope that God will restore it to me, if it is His holy Will. Amen.

The Miraculous Responsory or ‘Si Quaeris’

This prayer of praise in honor of St. Anthony was composed by Giuliano da Spira.  It is sung frequently in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua and every Tuesday throughout the world.

If then you ask for miracles,

Death, error, all calamities,

Leprosy and demons fly,

And health succeeds infirmities.

The sea obeys and fetters break,

And lifeless limbs do you restore;

Whilst treasures lost are found again,

When young and old your aid implore.

All dangers vanish at your prayer,

The direst need does quickly flee.

Let those who know your power proclaim,

Let Paduans say: these are of thee.

To Father, Son may glory be

And Holy Spirit, eternally.

“To Other Saints Our Lord seems to have given power to succor us in some special necessity – but to this glorious Saint, I know by experience.  He has given the power to help us in all.  Our Lord would have us understand that as He was subject to St. Joseph on earth – for St. Joseph bearing the title of father and being His guardian, could command Him – so now in Heaven Our Lord grants all his petitions.  I have asked others to recommend themselves to St. Joseph, and they, too, know the same thing by experience…” St. Theresa of Avila

The Chaplet of St. Anthony

The Chaplet of St. Anthony is composed of thirteen Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorys in honor of the thirteen favors mentioned in the ‘Miraculous Responsory’  above.  The following invocation may be used before each Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

1 Most gracious St. Anthony, keep me from sin and enable me to persevere in goodness.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

2 Great St. Anthony, keep whatever is uncharitable far from me.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

3 Dear St. Anthony, make mine a true, lasting and vibrant faith.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

4 Good St. Anthony, Banish from my heart all that would cloud God’s love.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

5 St. Anthony, encouraged by your gentleness, help me to grow in genuine conversion of heart.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

6 St. Anthony, heal me.  Obtain for me true love of God and health of mind and soul.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

7 St. Anthony, with my Guardian Angel, guide me through the perils of this life and keep me safe.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

8 St. Anthony, protect me from the devil’s temptations and obtain for me God’s help.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

9 St. Anthony, healer of the sick, preserve my life and grant me blessings of good health.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

10 Saint of miracles, finder of lost things, help me to discover what is truly important in my life.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

11 St. Anthony, my helper and friend of God, be my defense and security in times of doubt.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

12 St. Anthony and friend of God, I ask your intercession at God’s throne for divine grace.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

13 St. Anthony, I join with your now and with the whole company of heaven in praising the Father, Son and Holy Spirit forever and ever.  Amen

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory)

Pray for us, blessed Anthony.  Make us worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.

Lord God, may the votive commemoration

of blessed Friar Anthony,

Your Confessor and Doctor,

B a source of joy for your people.

May they always be strengthened

With his spiritual assistance

And deserve eternal rewards.

Through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Stewardship Prayer

Almighty God, I give thanks for all that I have and all that I am.  Most of all, I give thanks for the great gift of Your Son, Jesus.   I pray that through a personal relationship with the Risen Christ, my heart will be open to continued conversion in my life.   I pray that I may be a good steward: that I will follow faithfully, serve joyfully, give generously, live responsibly, and possess sensibly.   In gratitude for the abundant gifts You have so graciously given to me, I return to You the first fruits of these gifts, through acts of service and by generously sharing all that You have entrusted to me.  Heavenly Father, by Your Holy Spirit, help me to be a gift to others, in Your name.  Amen

St. Anthony of Padua Novena

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 rest in your arms, obtain for me of His bounty the grace which I ardently desire from the depths of my heart.  (State your intention)
You who were so compassionate toward miserable sinners, regard not the unworthiness of those who pray to you, but the glory of God that it may once again be magnified by the granting of the particular request  (State your intention)  which I now ask for with persevering earnestness. Amen

Pray one Our Father,
one Hail Mary, and
Glory Be to the Father, in honor of Saint Anthony.

Saint Anthony, pray for us!

DAY ONE

O holy St. Anthony, gentlest of saints, your love for God and charity for his creatures made you worthy while on earth to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited 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 the favor I seek in this novena (State your intention). 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 Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and thee gratitude of my heart will always be yours.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father, in honor of Saint Anthony.   Saint Anthony, pray for us!

DAY TWO

O miracle-working St. Anthony, remember that it never has been heard that you left without help or relief anyone who in his need had recourse to you. Animated now with the most lively confidence, even with full conviction of not being refused, I fly for refuge to thee, O most favored friend of the Infant Jesus. O eloquent preacher of the divine mercy, despise not my supplications but, bringing them before the throne of God, strengthen them by your intercession and obtain for me the favor I seek in this novena (State your intention) .

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father, in honor of Saint Anthony.   Saint Anthony, pray for us!

DAY THREE

O purest St. Anthony, who through your angelic virtue was made worthy to be caressed by the Divine Child Jesus, to hold him in your arms and press him to your heart. I entreat you to cast a benevolent glance upon me. O glorious St. Anthony, born under the protection of Mary Immaculate, on the Feast of her Assumption into Heaven, and consecrated to her and now so powerful an intercessor in Heaven, I beseech you to obtain for me the favor I ask in this novena (State your intention). O great wonder-worker, intercede for me that God may grant my request.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father, in honor of Saint Anthony.   Saint Anthony, pray for us!

DAY FOUR

I salute and honor you, O powerful helper, St. Anthony. The Christian world confidently turns to you and experiences your tender compassion and powerful assistance in so many necessities and sufferings that I am encouraged in my need to seek you help in obtaining a favorable answer to my request for the favor I seek in this novena (State your intention). O holy St. Anthony, I beseech you, obtain for me the grace that I desire.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father, in honor of Saint Anthony.   Saint Anthony, pray for us!

DAY FIVE

I salute you, St. Anthony, lily of purity, ornament and glory of Christianity. I salute you, great Saint, cherub of wisdom and seraph of divine love. I rejoice at the favors our Lord has so liberally bestowed upon you. In humility and confidence I entreat you to help me, for I know that God has given you charity and pity, as well as power. I ask you by the love you did feel toward the Infant Jesus as you held him in your arms to tell Him now of the favor I seek through your intercession in this novena (State your intention).

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father, in honor of Saint Anthony.   Saint Anthony, pray for us!

DAY SIX

O glorious St. Anthony, chosen by God to preach his Word, you received from Him the gift of tongues and the power of working the most extraordinary miracles. O good St. Anthony, pray that I may fulfill the will of God in all things so that I may love Him, with you, for all eternity. O kind St. Anthony, I beseech you, obtain for me the grace that I desire, the favor I seek in this novena (State your intention).

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father, in honor of Saint Anthony.   Saint Anthony, pray for us!

DAY SEVEN

O renowned champion of the faith of Christ, most holy St. Anthony, glorious for your many miracles, obtain for me from the bounty of my Lord and God the grace which I ardently seek in this novena (State your intention) . O holy St. Anthony, ever attentive to those who invoke you, grant me that aid of your powerful intercession.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father, in honor of Saint Anthony.   Saint Anthony, pray for us!

DAY EIGHT

O holy St. Anthony, you have shown yourself so powerful in your intercession, so tender and so compassionate towards those who honor you and invoke you in suffering and distress. I beseech you most humbly and earnestly to take me under your protection in my present necessities and to obtain for me the favor I desire (State your intention). Recommend my request to the merciful Queen of Heaven, that she may plead my cause with you before the throne of her Divine Son.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father, in honor of Saint Anthony.   Saint Anthony, pray for us!

DAY NINE

Saint Anthony, servant of Mary, glory of the Church, pray for our Holy Father, our bishops, our priests, our Religious Orders, that, through their pious zeal and apostolic labors, all may be united in faith and give greater glory to God. St. Anthony, helper of all who invoke you, pray for me and intercede for me before the throne of Almighty God that I be granted the favor I so earnestly see in this novena (State your intention).

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father, in honor of Saint Anthony.   Saint Anthony, pray for us!

May the divine assistance remain always with us.   Amen
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.   Amen.
O God, may the votive commemoration of blessed Anthony, your confessor, be a source of joy to your Church, that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance, and deserve to enjoy eternal rewards. Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Official Vatican Prayer to Saint John Paul II (Feast day: October 22)

Oh, Saint John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus.  Bless the young, who were your great passion.  Help them dream again,  help them look up high again to find the light that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.  May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan’s assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. Saint John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family and every life that blossoms from the family.  Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love:  pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.  Oh Saint John Paul, from heaven’s window, where we see you next to Mary, send God’s blessing down upon us all. Amen.

The Golden Hail Mary

One Hail Mary with love and thought said, is better than volumes of prayers poorly read.  If time and one’s duties prevent a long prayer, just say one Hail Mary with fervor and care.  The Golden Hail Mary which from the heart springs, the greatest of blessings from Mary it brings.  And we never will know till before Mary’s throne, how that daily Hail Mary brought us to her home.

A Memento of First Holy Communion

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.  Body of Christ, save me.  Blood of Christ, inebriate me.  Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me!  O good Jesus, hear me.  Within thy wounds hid me.  Permit me not to be separated from thee.  From the wicked foe defend me.  at the hour of my death call me…And bid me come to thee.  That with thy saints I may praise thee forever and ever.  Amen