11 August, 2013

St. Anthony of Padua



ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA

THE WONDER-WORKER
Feast, June 13



St. Anthony of Padua is a favorite saint of many people. Called the “Wonder Worker” because of the many miracles with which God has favored him, St. Anthony has traditionally been the refuge of all who have lost things, whether temporal or spiritual. If you want to express your devotion to St. Anthony, you can make a novena of nine consecutive days, by using any of the following prayers.


ST. ANTHONY, glorious for your miracles and for the condescension of Jesus in coming as a little child to repose in your arms, obtain for me from his bounty the grace which I ardently desire. You who were so compassionate towards sinners, regard not my unworthiness, but the glory of God, that it may be magnified by you in connection with the particular request which I now earnestly present to you. (Name it).

As a pledge of my gratitude, I beg you accept my promise to live more faithfully in accordance with the teachings of the Church, and to be devoted to the service of the poor whom you loced and still love so greatly. Bless this resolution, that I may be faithful to it even until death.

St. Anthony, consoler of all the affliected, pray for me.

St. Anthony, whom the infant Jesus so much loved and honored, pray for me.


PRAYER TO THE “WONDER WORKER”

After you died, St. Anthony, God chose to make your holiness known to the world and to draw people by working miracles in answer to prayers made in your name. Since then, people have asked God to continue to honor you by working wonders through your intercession. Those who have experienced the power of prayers offered in your name have told how God has answered them. God has healed the sick, restored peace of mind, relieved poverty and granted favors of all kinds.
 
Now in this time of need, I ask you, St. Anthony, to pray with me for the things I desire. I pray that God may again give me a sign of loving care and providence, and that through you, God may draw us all to the fullness of life and love in eternity. Amen.


PRAYER TO FIND WHAT IS LOST

St. Anthony, when you prayed, your stolen book of prayers was given back to you. Pray now for all of us who have lost things precious and dear. Pray for all who have lost faith, hope or the friendship of God. Pray for us who have lost friends or relatives by death. Pray for all who have lost peace of mind or spirit. Pray that we may be given new hope, new faith, new love. Pray that lost things, needful and helpful to us, may be returned to our keeping. Or, if we must continue in our loss, pray that we may be given Christ’s comfort and peace. Amen.


PRAYER FOR POOR CHILDREN

St. Anthony, your love for the infant Jesus made him present to you to see and hold in your arms. Help us to see and love Jesus in all the poor and suffering of the world. Move us to clothe, feed and help Jesus, in all unwanted, abused and abandoned children and people. Lead us, for the sake of Jesus, who became a child like one of us, to reverence and protect all human life from its beginning to its end. Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE SICK

All powerful and everlasting God you are eternal salvation to all who believe in you hear our petition for all your faithful who are sick.  Grant that those who are afflicted with all kinds of illness may understand that they share in the suffering of your Son Jesus Christ.  May our prayer through the intercession of our dear St. Anthony your beloved servant grant them healing of body and soul so that once again they may serve you with all their strength. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


PRAYER TO SAINT ANTHONY IN ANY NECESSITY

We salute you St. Anthony lily of purity, ornament and glory of Christianity.  We salute you, great Saint cherub of wisdom and seraph of divine love.  We rejoice at the favors our Lord has so liberally bestowed on you.  In humility and confidence we entreat you to help us for we know that God has given you charity and pity as well as power.

Oh, then, behold our distress, our anxiety, our fears concerning our salvation.  We ask you by the love you feel, toward the amiable little Jesus, when He covered you with His caresses, to tell Him now of our needs.  One sigh from that breast He so honored, will crown our successes, will fill us with joy.  Oh, remember how complete your bliss was, as you did hold Him to your breast, pressed your cheek to His, and listen to His angelic voice.  Think of this, and hear us for His selfless love.  If we could behold you , we would bathe your feet with respectful tears and tell you all we feel, all we fear for our salvation.  But to see you is not granted to us, therefore, we salute you in spirit.  O glorious favorite of God, and bow down our guilty heads before you in humble reverence, while we raise our sad hearts full f hope toward heaven and you for He Who so often put Himself in your arms will now fill your hands with all we ask of you.  Give us, then, what we desire, angel of love and we will publish your grandeur thereby honor and glorify Him who so blessed you.  Amen.



PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

St. Anthony, God has helped me abundantly through your prayer and has strengthened me in my need. I thank God and I thank you. Accept this prayer and my serious resolve which I now renew, to live always in the love of Jesus and of my neighbor. Continue to shield me by your protection and pray to God for the final grace of one day entering the kingdom of heaven to sing with you the everlasting mercies of God. Amen.


A STUDENT’S PRAYER

St. Anthony, you distinguished yourself for truly human and Christian wisdom, I entrust my studies to your guidance.  You know how important they are for my life and what commitment they require of me: grant me a firm will to apply myself with constancy, the intelligence to penetrate the wonders of science, a memory to remember and use what I have been taught.

May school be for me an arena of life where I may learn together with human knowledge the teachings of the Gospel.

Through your help, may I continue and conclude successfully may studies and thus be useful to others and find my place in life with Christian responsibility.  Amen.


(Source: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila)


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