Facts about St. Anthony Novena
Feastday: June 13th
Novena Starts: June 4th
Patron saint of lost things, lost souls, lost people, amputees, barrenness, Native Americans, horses, mail, mariners, oppressed people
What Did St. Anthony Do?
Saint Anthony of Padua was born Fernando Martins de Bulhões in Lisbon, Portugal.
His family was wealthy, but also faithful, and they had him instructed in the Cathedral school in his area.
His First Religious Community
He entered the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross when he was just fifteen years old. But due to the distractions of frequent visits from relatives, he asked if he could be transferred to Coimbra, where the congregation’s mother house was located.
He was ordained to the priesthood, but soon after the new religious community, the Franciscans, set up a hermitage near Coimbra, and attracted by their charism, he believed that he was called to join them.
His superiors agreed, and it was then that he changed his name to Anthony.
Anthony as a Franciscan
Anthony began to travel to evangelize, but he became sick, and through various adventures arrived in Tuscany, Italy, where he lived in the hermitage of San Paolo, growing in prayer and wisdom.
Some time later, in 1222, in Forli, Italy, some Dominican friars came to town to visit, but no one knew who was supposed to preach the homily for an ordination.
His fellow Franciscans asked Anthony if he was willing to give the homily, in whatever way the Holy Spirit directed him.
Anthony’s powerful homily surprised and pleased both the Dominicans and the Franciscans. His eloquence even reached Francis of Assisi, and the two met, becoming fast friends.
Two years later, St. Francis made Anthony the director of studies for all the Franciscans.
St. Anthony, Patron of Lost Things
St. Anthony became the patron saint of lost things in this way: Anthony had a book of Psalms that he used for the purpose of study and teaching, but a Franciscan novice stole the book, departing from the community in the process. Anthony prayed that the missing book would be recovered, and miraculously, the novice returned the book he stole, as well as repented of leaving the Franciscan community.
Saint Anthony is often portrayed holding the baby Jesus, due to this story: One night, Anthony was studying the Bible, when the Infant Jesus came to him. Jesus touched St. Anthony’s face, a gesture of great love for the saint who preached so eloquently about Christ.
Saint and Doctor of the Church
St. Anthony was 36 when he died. Pope Gregory IX canonized him within a year in Spoleto, Italy.
He was declared to be a Doctor of the Church on January 16th, 1946.
St. Anthony 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:
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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
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which I now ask for with persevering earnestness.
One Our Father, One Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father, in honor of Saint Anthony.
Daily Novena Prayers
O holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, thy love for God and charity for His creatures made thee worthy while on earth to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited thy word, which thou wert ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore thee to obtain for me the favor I seek in this novena. The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, thou 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 thy arms, and the gratitude of my heart will always be thine.
O miracle-working St. Anthony, remember that it never has been heard that thou didst not leave without help or relief anyone who in his need had recourse to thee. 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 thine intercession and obtain for me the favor I seek in this novena.
O purest St. Anthony, who through thine Angelic virtue was made worthy to be caressed by the Divine Child Jesus, to hold Him in thy arms and press Him to thy heart. I entreat thee 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 thee to obtain for me the favor I ask in this novena . . . . O great wonder-worker, intercede for me that God may grant my request.
I salute and honor thee, O powerful helper, St. Anthony. The Christian world confidently turns to thee and experiences thy tender compassion and powerful assistance in so many necessities and sufferings that I am encouraged in my need to seek thy help in obtaining a favorable answer to my request for the favor I seek in this novena . . . . O holy St. Anthony, I beseech thee, obtain for me the grace that I desire.
I salute thee, St. Anthony, lily of purity, ornament and glory of Christianity. I salute thee, great Saint, cherub of wisdom and seraph of Divine love. I rejoice at the favors our Lord has so liberally bestowed upon thee. In humility and confidence I entreat thee to help me, for I know that God has given thee charity and pity, as well as power. I ask thee by the love thou didst feel toward the Infant Jesus as thou heldest Him in thine arms to tell Him now of the favor I seek through thine intercession in this novena.
O glorious St. Anthony, chosen by God to preach His Word, thou didst receive 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 thee, for all eternity. O kind St. Anthony, I beseech thee, obtain for me the grace that I desire, the favor I seek in this novena.
O renowned champion of the faith of Christ, most holy St. Anthony, glorious for thy many miracles, obtain for me from the bounty of my Lord and God the grace which I ardently seek in this novena . . . . O holy St. Anthony, ever attentive to those who invoke thee, grant me that aid of thy powerful intercession.
O holy St. Anthony, thou hast shown thyself so powerful in thine intercession, so tender and so compassionate towards those who honor thee and invoke thee in suffering and distress. I beseech thee most humbly and earnestly to take me under thy protection in my present necessities and to obtain for me the favor I desire . . . . Recommend my request to the merciful Queen of Heaven, that she may plead my cause with thee before the throne of her Divine Son.
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 thee, pray for me and intercede for me before the throne of Almighty God that I be granted the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena.
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, Thy confessor, be a source of joy to Thy Church, that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance, and deserve to enjoy eternal rewards. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.