You are probably already familiar with the St. Anthony Prayer which begins with “O holy Saint Anthony, gentlest of saints, your love for God and charity toward all God’s creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers.”
Who was St. Anthony ?
St. Anthony of Padua (1195 – 1231) is a Doctor of the Church and patron of the poor. He was a member of the Franciscan religious order, established by none other than St. Francis of Assisi. He was then known as a great theological instructor and preacher.
Saint Anthony was also known as the “hammer of heretics” due to his oration skills, capable of converting even the most staunch heretics.
He was so remarkable that he was canonised by Pope Gregory IX in 1232, just a year after his death. The canonisation process can take decades or even centuries, but his miracles were so significant that there was no question about his sainthood. Pope Gregory named him “The Ark of the Covenant” due to his vast knowledge of the Scripture.
There are many prayers to St. Anthony that mention specific requests. He is known as a saint who helps with lost objects, including important documents, daily items, and even faith itself. In the midst of life’s challenges, faithful prayers stand as our powerful link to divine assistance.
Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony
In case you’re not familiar with it, here’s the more famous prayer to St. Anthony:
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. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request).
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. The gratitude of my heart will ever be yours.
While this powerful prayer has been helping the faithful for centuries, there is a prayer to St. Anthony that has been making miracles happen as late as 2023!
Powerful St. Anthony Prayer
O Sacred St. Anthony, humblest of Saints, your ardent love for God and selfless compassion for His creation, enabled you, in your earthly life, to manifest divine miracles. Inspired by your profound virtues, I seek your intercession for my plea (state request).
O benevolent and tender St. Anthony, your heart was eternally filled with profound empathy, resonating with the joys and sorrows of humanity. I beseech you to carry my earnest petition to the ears of the divine Infant Jesus, whom you lovingly held close to your heart. Your tender care and selfless devotion serve as a beacon of faith to us all.
With deep reverence, I implore you, St. Anthony, beacon of divine miracles and friend of the Almighty, to intercede on my behalf. Your miraculous powers are testament to the boundless love and immeasurable mercy of our Heavenly Father. I beseech you, in your divine wisdom and grace, to carry forth my humble request to the throne of God.
I trust in your intercession, firm in the belief that you, being so close to the source of all goodness and love, will plead my cause with fervor and sincerity. In return, I pledge to show my gratitude through my deeds and prayers, aiming to mirror your virtues in my life, thereby bringing me closer to God’s eternal love.
While the prayer above is the most powerful prayer to St. Anthony, there are many other reasons for you to pray to him. He is after all the patron saint of lost things!
Prayer to St. Anthony for Finding Lost Objects
Saint Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find (mention your petition) 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.
To this favor 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.
Prayer to St. Anthony
St. Anthony is like your older brother, who stays by our side and willing to help us find the true path and right answer. Here is another good prayer to St Anthony:
Wondrous Saint Anthony, glorious for the fame of your miracles, you had the happiness of receiving in your arms our blessed Lord as a little child. Obtain for me from His mercy this favor that I desire from the bottom of my heart: (mention your request)
Since you were so gracious to poor sinners, do not regard the lack of merit on the part of him who calls upon you, but consider the glory of God, which will by exalted once more through you, by the salvation of my soul and the granting of the petition that I now earnestly present to you.
As a pledge of my gratitude, I beg you to accept my promise to live henceforth more faithfully according to the teaching of the Gospel and to be devoted to the service of the poor whom you ever loved and still love so much. Bless this my resolution and obtain for me the grace to be faithful to it till death. Amen.
Short Prayers to St. Anthony
Saint Anthony, attentive to those who invoke thee, grant us the aid of thy powerful intercession for the grace of holy purity, meekness, humility, obedience, the spirit of poverty, and perfect abandonment to the will of God.
Saint Anthony, be our patron, our protector, and our advocate in life and in death.
Saint Anthony, servant of Mary, obtain for us greater devotion to the Blessed Mother of God.
When to pray to St. Anthony
The feast day of St Anthony is the 13th of June. However, you can ask for his aid anytime.
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