For his devotees, Anthony is a companion in daily life. He not only bestows graces and favours whenever one calls him in times of need. He is a big brother, a confidant who is always present and available whenever we are assailed by problems, be they big or small. Devotees ask him to help those who have lost their way, to console the suffering, to assist the poor and the forsaken.
As well as through personal prayer, devotion to Saint Anthony has manifested itself over the centuries in enduring ways, which we are to see below:
St. Anthony of Padua is a favourite saint of many people. Called the “Wonder Worker” because of the many miracles with which God has favoured 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 or thirteen Tuesdays, or of nine consecutive days.
Prayer to St. Anthony of Padua
“Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints! 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. 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 (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, you are the Saint of miracles. 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; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.”
Say: 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be…
St. Anthony, Wonder-Worker of Padua, Pray for us!