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NOVENA TO ST ANTHONY OF PADUA

A brief life sketch

St Antony of Padua was born on 15th August 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal. Though his rich parents wanted him to be a great statesman, he preferred to be poor for the sake of Christ and of His kingdom.

His early education took place at the Cathedral of Lisbon. At the age of fifteen, he joined the Cannons Regular of St Augustine and was transferred to the monastery at Coimbra. After his ecclesiastical studies, he was ordained a priest in 1219. Disappointed with the unhealthy religious atmosphere prevailing in the monastery where he lived, he opted to join the newly founded Franciscan Order.

In 1220, Don Pedro, the crown Prince of Portugal, bought the relics of the Francican Missionaries who had been martyred at Morroco, in north Africa to Coimbra, a hundred miles from Lisbon. This had a tremendous effect on Anthony, who requested admission to the Franciscans. In 1221, he was accepted. Soon after, he set out for Morocco to preach the Gospel to the Moors. On the way to Morocco, he was forced to return to Europe because of ill-health. On his return home, a storm drove his ship to the shores of Italy, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Anthony was a great preacher. As a missionary he preached in many cities of northern Italy and southern France. People used to call him "Hammer of the Heretics". He was instrumental in bringing many sinners back to God, mostly by his good example.

It is said that when Anthony was praying in his room, the Infant Jesus appeared to him, put his little arms around his neck and kissed him. It is believed that this singular privilege was bestowed on Anthony because he kept his soul free even from the smallest stain of sin.

Anthony drew large crowds wherever he went, but his greatest success was in Padua where the entire city flocked to hear him and welcome him as another Francis of Assisi. He worked to abolish the debtors prisons, helped the poor (alms given to seek his intercession are often referred to as St Anthony's bread), and worked ceaselessly and untiringly to eradicate various heresies. All this took its tool on Anthony's health and he died at the age of 36 on 13 June , 1231. He was canonized within the year following his deadth, by Pope Gregory IX and was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 946. His shrine at Padua is one of the biggest crowd-pulling pilgrim centers in Italy.

Today St Anthony is one of the most popular saints. He is called the "Saint of the whole world", because the faithful of the whole world love and venerate him.

He died on a Tuesday and that is the reason of the Tuesday devotion. He is venerated as an Apostle of Charity, invoked in both spiritual and temporal needs. He is known as the finder of lost articles, patron of lovers and married couples, of women in confinement, a helper against diabolical obsessions, fever, animal diseases, and patron of miners.

"Ask the wonder worker with confidence and he will obtain what you seek," says St Bonaventure.

THE NOVENA

The novena in honour of St Anthony originated immediately after his death .This novena is made on nine Tuesdays in succession .It is a laudable custom at the beginning of the novena to make a good resolution to practise some of the virtues in which St Anthony most excelled -purity,humility,patience obedience,etc

Introductory Prayer for each Day

O God ,you are the author of all nature and grace,and admirable in all your saints ,and in particular in our glorious protector St Anthony ,whom you have made to beloved of many , and the helper to whom we fly in our necessities .Succour us in our dangers and enrich us with your gifts .Design ,O Lord ,through his merits and intercession to deliver us from every evil and grant us the grace which we ask in this novena ,should it be for the good of our souls and for your greater glory -Amen

Concluding Prayer for each Day

Let us pray : O glorious father and protector St Anthony ,your love of Jesus was so wondrously rewarded that you were privileged to hold him in your arms in the form of a little child . By the ineffable consolations which inundated your soul , by the compassion which you showed towards the afflicted and poor , and by the gift of miracles which our Lord bestowed on you,obtain for us the pardon of our sins ,the granting of all our needs ,the fulfilment of all our obligations ,a holy life and a happy death,that following your footsteps during our life on earth we may merit to live with him eternally in heaven - Amen

Pray for us ,O Saint Anthony ,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

O Lord ,may the ardent prayers of St Anthony give joy to your Church, that it may ever find itself strengthened with spiritual succour and merit to obtain heavenly happiness . We ask this through Christ our Lord - Amen.

Special Prayers for each Day

Day 1 :

O holy Saint Anthony ,the gentlest of saints , your love for God and charity for his creatures made you worthy while 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 you to obtain for me the favour I seek in this novena (pause to recall your Intention/petition). 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 enfolded in your arms , and the gratitude of my heart will always be yours .
Our father , Hail Mary , Glory Be to the Father
Saint Anthony , pray for us

Day 2 : O saint Anthony , wondrous worker of miracles , remember that it has never been heard that you have left without help or relief anyone who in his/her need had recourse to you . Encouraged now by the most lively confidence , even with full conviction of not being refused , I fly for refuge to you , O most favoured friend of the infant Jesus. O eloquent preacher of the divine mercy, accept my prayers, bring them before the throne of God, strengthen them by your intercession and obtain for me the favour I seek in this novena …
Our father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father.
Saint Anthony, pray for us.

Day - 3 : O purest Saint Anthony , who through your angelic virtue was found worthy to be caressed by the Divine Child Jesus , to hold him, in your arms and press him to your heart, I beg you to cast a benevolent glance upon me. O glorious Saint 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 ask you to obtain for me the favour I ask in this novena … O great wonder worker , intercede for me that God may grant my request.
Our Father , Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.
Saint Anthony, pray for us.

Day - 4 : I salute and honour you, O powerful helper, Saint Anthony. The Christian world confidently turns to you and experience your tender compassion and powerful assistance in so many troubles and suffereings that I am encouraged in my name to seek your help in obtaining a positive answer to my request for the favour I seek in this novena … O Holy Saint Anthony, I beg you obtain for me the grace that I desire.
Our Father , Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.
Saint Anthony, pray for us

Day - 5 : I salute you, saint Anthony ,lily of purity , ornament of glory of Christianity. I reverence you , great saint, Cherub of wisdom and angel of divine love . I rejoice at the favours over lord has so liberally bestowed on you. In humility and confidence and beg you to help me, for I know that god has given you great 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 favour I seek through your intercession in this novena …
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father
Saint Anthony, pray for us

Day - 6 : O glorious Saint Anthony, chosen by God to preach his word , you received from him the gift of tongues and the power for working the most extraordinary miracles. O good Saint 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 saint Anthony, I ask you, obtain for me the grace that I desire, the favour I seek in this novena …
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.
Saint Anthony, pray for us

Day - 7 : O renowned champion of the faith , most holy Saint Anthony, famed for your many miracles, obtain for me from the bounty of my lord and god the grace which I ardently seek in this novena … O Holy Saint Anthony, ever attentive to those who invoke you, grant me the aid of your powerful intercession .
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.
Saint Anthony, pray for us

Day - 8 : O holy saint Anthony, you have shown yourself so powerful in your intercession, so tender and so compassionate toward those who honour you and invoke you in suffering and distress. I ask you most humbly and earnestly to take me under your protection in my present troubles to obtain for me the favour I desire …. Recommended my request to the merciful Queen Of Heaven , that , with you she may plead my cause before the throne of her divine Son.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.
Saint Anthony, pray for us

Day - 9 : Saint Anthony, servant of Mary, glory of the Church, pray for our Holy Father, our bishops, our priests, our religious that, through their pious zeal and apostolic labours, all may be united in faith and give greater glory to God. Saint Anthony, helper of all who invoke you, prays for me and intercedes for me before the throne of Almighty God that I be granted the favour I so earnestly seek I this novena …
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.
Saint Anthony, pray for us

DEVOTION OF THE 13 TUESDAYS

In honour of St Anthony

St Anthony died on a Tuesday. It was on that day for the first time after his death that miracles were known to have occurred through his intercession. Tuesday thus abides I the memory of the people and so Tuesday has come to be called St Anthony's day. This is the origin of the Tuesday Devotion.

Introductory prayer for each Tuesday

Prostrate before your divine presence, O my god, I adore you with my whole heart. I am sorry for having offended you. I recognize myself as unworthy of any favour. Inflame my heart, O lord, so that I may imitate the example of your faithful servant, Saint Anthony, under whose patronage I place my soul and body - Amen.

Responsary and concluding prayer for each day

If then you ask for a miracle,
Death, error, all calamities,
The leprosy and demons fly,
And health succeeds infirmities.
The sea obeys and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs you do restore;
While treasures lost are found again
When young or old your aid implore.

All dangers vanish at your prayer,
And direst need does quickly flee.
Let those who know your power claim,
Let paduans say these are of you.
The sea obeys, and fetters break, And lifeless limbs you do restore; While treasures lost are found again, When young or old your aids implore.

Pray for us , Saint Anthony,
That we may be made worthy of The promises of Christ.

Let us Pray

O god, let the ardent prayers of Saint Anthony, your confessor, make glad your church that we may be fortified by spiritual assistance and may deserve to possess eternal joy, through Jesus Christ our lord - Amen.

FIRST TUESDAY

Prayer : Prostrate...
Meditation : The pure intension.

The devout client of St Anthony should beg and ask favours of him only with a pure intension , because the great saint is not willing to listen to him whose aims are not in one way or the other of some help to his own spiritual welfare . St Anthony will be your protector only under this condition . Are you a sinner? Cry out for help . The saint will come at once to your aid . Throw yourself at his feet and he will help you to break and destroy the chain of your sin.

Here make your request
Prayer: O glorious St Anthony , obtain from Jesus the grace that the darkness of error may disapper from the hearts of so many unfortunate sinners . Do so in such a manner that the light of truth of the Catholic Church may always appear as a brilliant torch to them and to us . We hope through your intercession to enjoy God forever in your company
One glory Be… The Responsory and concluding prayer

SECOND TUESDAY

Prayer : Prosrate...
Meditation : Death

Everyone must die . Sooner or later we will pass from this world . We do not know when , but we may be sure that when death comes no one can escape . One day the thread of our life will be cut off forever . Do we know where death will find us ? No . Will it come to us suddenly ? After a long illness ? Will we be prepared ? Why not resolve now to prepare ourselves for it ? Let us imitate the examples of St Anthony who forsook the world in his youth to prepare himself for a happy death.

Here make your request.
Prayer: Glorious St Anthony , obtain for us the grace to imitate your example in observing faithfully our duties according to our particular state of life ,
One glory Be… the Responsory and Concluding prayer.

THIRD TUESDAY

Prayer : Prosrate...
Meditation : Fight the devil.

Since the creation of the first man, the devil has come to interface with the great work of God . Temptation came for the angles . Many fell and were cast into the hell, while the faithful ones were confirmed in grace .

The same thing happened to our first parents .They did not resist temptation and they fell away . The devil has received from God a certain amount of freedom to tempt humans , to spread error and heresy in the world so that through these evils they may prove their obedience to the Creator and merit heaven . Imitate the example of St Anthony ; fight against error , against passion . Let us pray for our own sanctification and for that of our neighbour .

Here make your request
Prayer: Glorious St Anthony , destroy all heresy and schism in the world . Pray for us so that we may always sing the glory of God , and one day come to heaven to enjoy our eternal reward .
One Glory Be… the Responsory and Concluding prayer .

FOURTH TUESDAY

Prayer : Prostrate...
Meditation: Work for eternal salvation .

"Man born of women lives for a short time and is filled with many miseries ," Job once said . "He comes forth like a flower and is destroyed."

At last death comes and knocks at our door calling us to appear before the Eternal Judge. Therefore let us begin a new life now. Imitate St.Anthony, working day and night for our eternal salvation.

Here make your request.
Prayer: Glorious St Anthony, who led to the port of celestial glory, obtain for us the grace that our soul may be guided by the light of faith, hope and charity which leads to the port of eternal love. Then the kingdom of heaven one day shall be our permission.
One Glory Be.. the Responsory and Concluding prayer.

FIFTH TUESDAY

Prayer : Prostrate..
Meditation : Watch and Pray.

St Peter would urge the early Christians to watch and pray because the devil stands before us as a roaring lion; he does not remain still a single moment, but is always on the lookout for a new prey among the children of God.

Satan, as a keen general, is helped by his faithful attendants- the world, the devil and the human passions. Who will be a sure guide for us against such a dreadful enemy? Wish St Anthony we must look at Jesus Christ hanging on the cross and learn from Him.

Here make your request.
Prayer : Glorious St Anthony, obtain for us from Jesus Christ abundant graces, so that we may conquer the three great enemies- the world, the devil, and our own passions, and thus enter into the kingdom of heaven.
One Glory Be.. the Responsory and Concluding prayer.

SIXTH TUESDAY

Prayer: Prostrate...
Meditation: Sin.

Infirmity, leprosy and other diseases oppress our body, but how much more should we feel the leprosy of sin, which affects and destroys the beauty of the most noble part of our being, our soul?

As the world deprived of the sun has to remain in deep darkness, so we, deprived of divine grace by mortal sin, have to remain in darkness, unable to know ourselves and our Creator.

Arise from your sinful life, beg God to help you. Place yourself in the loving hands of St Anthony. He will take care of you.

Here make your request.
Prayer: Glorious St Anthony who worked hard for the conversion of sinners, we beg you to obtain for us the grace of a true conversion, so that we may give ourselves entirely to God. One Glory Be.. the Responsory and Concluding prayer.

SEVENTH TUESDAY

Prayer : Prostrate...
Meditation :Our life is exposed to many dangers.

We may become the owners of all the things God created for us, but many dangers and difficulties must be conquered to improve the condition of our life. Our life is exposed to danger on land, but the danger of the seas is much worse. St Anthony on many occasions made himself a protector of those who lead a sea -faring life. The waves of the sea are a perfect image of the moral sea of our life, with many obstacles to overcome before reaching the safe port of our eternal salvation. If st Anthony will take care of us, we may be perfectly sure to end our life in the hands of God.

Here make your request. Prayer : Glorious St Anthony , obtain for us that better days come to enlighten the minds of all.
One Glory Be … the Responsary and concluding prayer.

EIGHTH TUESDAY

Prayer : Prostrate...
Meditation : Our passions

The many favours obtained by St Anthony during his earthly life should encourage us to invoke his protection. We must beg of him to come and break the chains of our passions, which keep our soul imprisoned.

Here make your request
Prayer : Glorious St Anthony , obtain for us that all children may be educated in the holy fear of god, and adults may proclaim with their works the faith of their Baptism, so that the Eternal Judge will call all of them to His right hand at the final judgment .
One Glory Be … the Responsary and concluding prayer. NINTH TUESDAY

Prayer : Prostrate...
Meditation :St Anthony helps his devotees

St Anthony help spent the nine years of his ministry doing good and healing the sick. He has a remedy for all misfortunes concerning our human situation.
Here make your request.
Prayer: Glorious St Anthony, obtain for us the great privilege of receiving Jesus Christ in our hearts, there to remain forever as King of all our affections.
One Glory Be … the Responsary and concluding prayer

TENTH TUESDAY

Prayer : Prostrate...
Meditation : St Anthony's protection

Our life is continually surrounded by many enemies and great dangers. We are at risk when we move in bad company, read bad books, indulge in immoral conversation , in profane entertainment , in indecent pictures, and so on. St Anthony foresaw these dangers. He left the world and placed himself in a monastery. And we who are living in this ocean of so many dangers shall be taken to the port of salvation under the safe protection of St Anthony who takes care of his devout followers.
Here make your request.
Prayer: Glorious St Anthony, obtain for us from Jesus Christ that we may all be united by the sweet tie of the divine love of god , so that one day we may all together enjoy the eternal glory of heaven.
One Glory Be … the Responsary and concluding prayer

ELEVENTH TUESDAY

Prayer : Prostrate....
Meditation : Help the poor

The poor are God's beloved. "Anything you do for the least of these , you do unto me", said Jesus.

The poor are living image of Jesus Christ. The rich may go to heaven by sharing their wealth with the needy. Give to everyone who asks in the name of charity. Do good , hoping for nothing in return , and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the most high.

St Anthony carried out the orders of Our Lord in a splendid way. He obtained for his devoted admires material goods and spiritual blessings.
Here make your request
Prayer : St Anthony , touch the hearts of the rich that they may , with generous hearts, help the poor in their necessaries , and through this charity obtain for us the grace that we may all one day see him, who for us made himself poor in this world.
One Glory Be … the Responsary and concluding prayer.

TWELFTH TUESDAY

Prayer : Prostrate.... Meditation : The Most Holy Trinity.

The devotees of St Anthony always had a special devotion toward the Most Holy Trinity, due to the many and singular gifts granted through him by the Almighty. St Bonaventure exhorts all clients of St Anthony to say often: "Glory be to the Father, glory be to the Son, glory be to the Holy Spirit". Let us repeat this prayer often, and let us turn away from everything evil, because, by so doing, we shall never merit the dreadful rebuke of God: "These people honour me with their tongue, but their heart is far from me." Say often to God: "There is none I love like you."
Here make you request.
Prayer: Glorious St Anthony, we give thanks to the Most Holy Trinity for all the privileges granted to you. Obtain for us the light to know the divine will and strength to conform to it, so that our souls may come up to heaven and contemplate forever the most Holy Trinity in your company.
One Glory Be.. the Responsory and Concluding prayer.

THIRTEENTH TUESDAY

Prayer : Prostrate...
Meditation :The name of Jesus

No one can be saved but through the merits of Jesus Christ, whose name is mostly holy and can cause our prayer to be heard before the eternal Father's throne. Jesus said to His disciples before He left this world: "Up to now you have not asked for anything in my name; ask and you shall receive and your joy shall be complete".

In the name of Jesus the crippled walked, the dead came back to life, the sick were cured, the tempted freed from the snares of the evil one.

In the name of Jesus, St Anthony performed many wonders. Therefore, let us beg St Anthony to intercede for us before the eternal Father, through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Here make your request.
Prayer: Glorious St Anthony, faithful lover of the sweet Jesus, beg of Him that His most holy name be always a light for us, so that our life may be continually in harmony with His divine will. Tell him to call us soon to his kingdom to enjoy with you His eternal bliss forever.
One Glory Be… the Responsory and Concluding prayer.

PRAYER TO ST ANTHONY IN ANY NEED

O St Anthony, you are famous for your miracles and for the condescension of Jesus who deigned to come as a little child to linger in your arms. Obtain for me from His bounty the grace which I ardently desire. You who were so compassionate toward sinners, do not regard my unworthiness. Let the glory of God be magnified by you in connection with the particular request that I earnestly present to you (Here make your request).

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

St Anthony, Consoler of all the afflicted, pray for me.
St Anthony, helper of all who invoke you, pray for me.
St Anthony, whom the Infant Jesus loved and honoured so much , pray for me, Amen.


PRAYER TO ST ANTHONY TO FIND LOST ARTICLES

St Anthony , perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find … which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquility of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. With this favour I ask another of you; that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING TO ST ANTHONY

O Glorious wonder-worker, St Anthony, father of the poor and comforter of the afflicted, you who have come with such loving solicitude to my assistance, and have comforted me so abundantly; behold your feet, here to offer you 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 neighbour. Continue to protect me with care and obtain for me the final graces of being able one day to enter the kingdom of heaven, there to sing with you the everlasting mercies of God. - Amen

LITANY OF SAINT ANTHONY

Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ hear us.
Christ , graciously hear us.
Holy Mary, Pray for us.
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
Saint Anthony, martyr in desiring to die for Christ, pray for us.
Saint Anthony pillar of the Church, pray for us.
Saint Anthony worthy priest of God, pray for us.
Saint Anthony apostolic preacher, pray for us.
Saint Anthony teacher of Truth, pray for us.
Saint Anthony hammer of heretics, pray for us.
Saint Anthony, comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Saint Anthony helper in necessities, pray for us.
Saint Anthony deliverer of captives, pray for us.
Saint Anthony guide of the erring, pray for us.
Saint Anthony restorer of lost things, pray for us.
Saint Anthony chosen intercessor, pray for us.
Saint Anthony continuous worker of miracles, pray for us.
Be merciful unto us O Lord Spare us, O Lord
Be merciful unto us O Lord Graciously hear us, O Lord
From all evil, O Lord , deliver us.
From all Sin, O Lord , deliver us.
From all dangers of body and soul, O Lord , deliver us.
From the snares of the devil, O Lord , deliver us.
From pestilence, famine and war, O Lord , deliver us.
From eternal death, O Lord , deliver us.
Through his zeal for the conversion of sinners, We beg you, hear us.
Through his desire for the crown of martyrdom, We beg you, hear us.
Through his fatigues and teaching, We beg you, hear us.
Through his penitential tears, We beg you, hear us.
Through his patience and humility, We beg you, hear us.
Through his glorious death , We beg you, hear us.
Through the number of his prodigies, We beg you, hear us.
On the day of judgment, we sinners we beg you hear us.
That you help bring us to true repentance, We beg you, hear us.
That you help us in our troubles, We beg you, hear us.
That you help us plead our petitions, We beg you, hear us.
That you help inflame the fire of divine love within us, We beg you, hear us.
That you help and protect us through the intercession of Saint Anthony, We beg you, hear us.
Jesus Christ, Son of God, We beg you, hear us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, Have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ , Graciously hear us.
Pray for us, Saint Anthony,

That we may be made worthy of the promise of Christ.

LET US PRAY

O most merciful God, who adorned with undying splendour your servant St Anthony, graciously grant that we his efficacious intercession, that which we confidently pray for, through Christ our Lord - Amen

Bob and Penny Lord have been bringing the Saints to us for over 30 years. They continue to use their God given talents and gifts building a legacy of a treasury of the lives of the Catholic Saints.Catholic Saints teach us vividly. Pope Benedict XVI.




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