ST. ANTHONY DE PADUA Patron of Lost Things

(To be prayed everyday during the Novena) Holy Saint Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures made you worthy when on earth, to possess miraculous power. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or in distressed. Encourage by this thought, we implore of you to obtain for us(mention the request.


The answer to our prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the saints of miracles. O gentle and loving Saint Anthony whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper our petition into the ears of the sweet infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of our hearts will ever be yours.

PRAYER FOR THE FIRST DAY


Glorious Saint Anthony(To be prayed everyday during the Novena), God accompanied you I your childhood with a ray of heavenly light and gave you the grace to resist from every sensual attraction. Come and help us to control our senses so that we may not be deceived by earthly delights. Despite our promises how half – hearted we still are! With all God’s goodness to us and with the many proofs we’ve had of his love, how often we hesitate and doubt Him. Please procure for us some of your steadfastness and determination to resist evil and do good. Help us to give up our desire for power and control. Keep us from a merely intellectual faith and may we be totally dependent on Jesus as you were. Let us know clearly all the other benefits which are hidden so that we may seek Him in all things and find Him as the only joy of our lives.


Gracious Father, we thank you for giving us St. Anthony to be our model who lived the gospel faithfully. We thank you father for the blessing we have received through the intercession of St. Anthony of Padua. With complete trust in You like our saint, may we always seek your face in our brothers and sisters that we may serve and love one another and build the heavenly kingdom here on earth where You live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.


PRAYER FOR SECOND DAY


Good St. Anthony servant of God, You were inflamed with the desire to sacrifice your life for the cause of Jesus’ message. The Lord made the Scriptures a glowing flame in your mind and heart. Your sermons were filled with the words of the Lord. May we listen to the same Lord speaking to us in the Bible with the same reverent openness as you had. Let the same flames of your love set our hearts ablaze and cause tears of repentance upon listening to God’s Word. May we feel the presence of Jesus in the Scriptures just like the people of your day when you preached that word of God to them. Let the fire of your tongue inspire our cold hearts and embrace Him who gave His life to us.


Gracious Father, we thank you for giving us St. Anthony to be our model who lived the gospel faithfully. We thank you father for the blessing we have received through the intercession of St. Anthony of Padua. With complete trust in You like our saint, may we always seek your face in our brothers and sisters that we may serve and love one another and build the heavenly kingdom here on earth where You live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE THIRD DAY


Dear St. Anthony, seraph of love and extraordinary example of Christian life, help us to be strong like you. In search of God’s infinitely sweet presence, you often lived in solitude and silence to enjoy a foretaste of paradise. Our special protector we are often discourage in this valley of tears. In our continuous struggle against our passions vain desires, come to our aid so that we too may enjoy that serene and sweet inner peace which is a reward for Christian living and powerful invitation to seek union with all of God’s saints in heaven.


Gracious Father, we thank you for giving us St. Anthony to be our model who lived the gospel faithfully. We thank you father for the blessing we have received through the intercession of St. Anthony of Padua. With complete trust in You like our saint, may we always seek your face in our brothers and sisters that we may serve and love one another and build the heavenly kingdom here on earth where You live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE FOURTH DAY


St. Anthony, glorious light of the Franciscan Order, your wisdom, inspired by the Holy Spirit was always clothed in humility. You did not display your gifts in pride. But inspired from high, you set an example of Christian learning for the Glory of God and the instruction f his people. O most faithful advocate obtain also for us a spark of that divine knowledge which can enlighten our lives, lead us to experience eternal joys and, fix our attention on Our loving Saviour. May we never grow proud because of the gifts of God bestowed on us. Let us use them for the benefit of our neighbor and for our final reward in heaven.


Gracious Father, we thank you for giving us St. Anthony to be our model who lived the gospel faithfully. We thank you father for the blessing we have received through the intercession of St. Anthony of Padua. With complete trust in You like our saint, may we always seek your face in our brothers and sisters that we may serve and love one another and build the heavenly kingdom here on earth where You live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE FIFTH DAY


St. Anthony, you raise the cross before sinners and saints to be a sign of the price God paid to show us His love to be our only hope of salvation and to give us salvation and to give us courage in suffering. You always preached penance a turning away from anyone and anything that separates us from God, even slightly. You put the First Thing First, the dying of Jesus given to us that we might enter into His spirit as he died and His resurrection , which He wants to share with us. Help us to die to sin large and small and by this dying to be lifted up in grace once for all as we die and many times throughout our days.


Gracious Father, we thank you for giving us St. Anthony to be our model who lived the gospel faithfully. We thank you father for the blessing we have received through the intercession of St. Anthony of Padua. With complete trust in You like our saint, may we always seek your face in our brothers and sisters that we may serve and love one another and build the heavenly kingdom here on earth where You live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE SIXTH DAY


Glorious St. Anthony, through your holy life, you merited to have our prayers heard and answered by our Lord and Saviour. Through your intercession, may our prayers be heard and answered by Him frequently and for long hours you were intimately united with Christ in meditation and contemplation. Neither earthly joys nor human honors could satisfy the longings of your heart set aflame by the infinite beauty of Christ’s glorified humanity. Our heavenly patron may your powerful intercessions obtain an answer to all our prayers.


Gracious Father, we thank you for giving us St. Anthony to be our model who lived the gospel faithfully. We thank you father for the blessing we have received through the intercession of St. Anthony of Padua. With complete trust in You like our saint, may we always seek your face in our brothers and sisters that we may serve and love one another and build the heavenly kingdom here on earth where You live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE SEVENTH DAY


Sweet Anthony, your innocent love merited for the singular privilege of holding the Infant Jesus in your arms. This unusual favor was your foretaste of heavenly glory. Since we are unworthy to be blessed with a similar gesture of Christ’s love 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 respect, protect all human life from its beginning to its end. Help us to live in such a way now that we may be worthy of Christ’s embrace in the heavenly Jerusalem.


Gracious Father, we thank you for giving us St. Anthony to be our model who lived the gospel faithfully. We thank you father for the blessing we have received through the intercession of St. Anthony of Padua. With complete trust in You like our saint, may we always seek your face in our brothers and sisters that we may serve and love one another and build the heavenly kingdom here on earth where You live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE EIGHT DAY


Oh St. Anthony, we marvel at your enthusiasm you were a light in the Church through your teaching, enlighten our souls and open it to the divine truth. You said, that not many hear the Word of God willingly. The reason for this rests, in the fact that the doctrine of Christ does not play a melody of adulation it does not flatter the sinners and it does not promise earthly goods instead it severely warns and teaches to mortify the flesh and despise the world. We pray that our devotion may awaken our cold hearts full with the creature comforts and distractions of or day. May the spirit of your teaching inflame our hearts that we may live the gospel faithfully and be living witnesses of His Kingdom here on earth.


Gracious Father, we thank you for giving us St. Anthony to be our model who lived the gospel faithfully. We thank you father for the blessing we have received through the intercession of St. Anthony of Padua. With complete trust in You like our saint, may we always seek your face in our brothers and sisters that we may serve and love one another and build the heavenly kingdom here on earth where You live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE NINTH DAY


St. Anthony, during your life you imitated St. Francis of Assisi in his love for Gospel poverty and for the poor. While you desired little for yourself you were constantly alive to the needs of the poor and little people of the world. You shared what you had with them and demanded justice for them. We ask now, in your name that we may not be overly desirous of wealth or possessions. May we share what we have with other less fortunate. Make us always instruments and voices for peace and justice in our world.


Gracious Father, we thank you for giving us St. Anthony to be our model who lived the gospel faithfully. We thank you father for the blessing we have received through the intercession of St. Anthony of Padua. With complete trust in You like our saint, may we always seek your face in our brothers and sisters that we may serve and love one another and build the heavenly kingdom here on earth where You live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.


THE MIRACULOUS RESPONSORY OR “SI QUAERIS”


This prayer of praise in honor of St. Anthony was composed by St. Bonaventure. 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 you do restore;
While treasures lost are found again,
When young and old your aid implore.
All dangers vanish at your prayer,
And direst need does quickly flee;
Let those who know your power proclaim
Let Paduans say: these are yours.
To Father, Son, may glory be
And Holy Spirit, eternally.
V. Pray for us Blessed Anthony.
R. Make us worthy of the promises of Christ.


LET US PRAY


O GOD! May the votive commemoration of Blessed Anthony, the Confessor and Doctor be a source of joy to your Church that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance and may deserve to possess eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


(After the responsory an indulgence of 300 days once a year. A plenary indulgence once a month under the usual conditions, if this responsory together with its versicle, and collect be said daily. S.P. Ap. Jan. 30, 1936.)


PRAYER TO RECOVER LOST OR STOLEN THINGS


O Blessed St. Anthony, The grace of God has made you a powerful advocate in all necessities and the patron for the restoration of things lost or stolen. To you we return today with child-like love and heartfelt confidence. How many thousands have you miraculously aided in the recovery of lost goods. You are the counselors of sinners, 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 you do we hasten O Blessed St. Anthony. Help us in our affliction. We entrust what we have lost to your care, in the secure hope that you will restore it to be the greater glory of God and to the benefit of our soul. Amen.


LITANY OF ST. ANTHONY


Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us!
Holy Mary, Pray for us!
Holy Father Francis,
St. Anthony of Padua,
St. Anthony, Glory of the Order of Friars Minor,
St. Anthony, Martyr in desiring to die for Christ,
St. Anthony, Pillar of the Church,
St. Anthony, Worthy priest of God,
St. Anthony, Apostolic Preacher,
St. Anthony, Teacher of Truth,
St. Anthony, Hammer of Heretics,
St. Anthony, Terror of Evil Spirits,
St. Anthony, Comforter of the Afllicted,
St. Anthony, Helper in Necessities,
St. Anthony, Deliverer of Captives,
St. Anthony, Guide of the Erring ,
St. Anthony, Restorer of the Lost Things,
St. Anthony, Chosen Intercessor,
St. Anthony, Continuous Worker of Miracles,
Be merciful unto us, (Spare us, O Lord)
Be merciful unto us (Hear us, O Lord!)
From all evil, O Lord deliver us!
From all sin,
From all dangers body and soul,
From the snares of the evil,
From pestilence, famine and war,
From eternal death,
Through the merits of St. Anthony,
Through his zeal for the conversion of sinners,
Through his desire for the crown of martyrdom,
Through his fatigues and labors,
Through his preaching and teaching,
Through his tears of penance,
Through his patience and humility,
Through his glorious death,
Through his wonderful deeds,
In the day of judgment,
We sinners, graciously hear us!
That we may be brought to true penance,
That we may be granted patience in our trials,
That we may be assisted in our necessities,
That our petitions be granted,
That divine love may be kindled within us,
That we may be favored with the protection and intercession of St. Anthony, Son of God,
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, O Lord!)
Christ, hear us! (Christ, graciously hear us!)


V. Pray for us St. Anthony
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


LET US PRAY


Almighty and eternal God, who glorified your faithful confessor Anthony with the perpetual gift of working miracles graciously grant that what we confidently seek through his merits we may surely receive by his intercession. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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