I almost forgot. St. Anthony’s feast day is nine days away – June 13th. Today, Sunday, June 5th is the day to start the St. Anthony novena in anticipation of his feast day. He is a wonderful, heavenly friend and powerful intercessor.
Novena to the Saint Anthony of Padua
Most lovable St. Anthony, we honor you as God’s servant for your fidelity and perseverance in His service. May we always be assisted by your merits and intercession in following your example. Amen.
V. O God, come to my assistance;
R. Make haste, Lord to help me.
St. Anthony, great wonder-worker, God has honored you abundantly by granting many miracles through your intercession. In your goodness, kindly come to my aid now, and hear my request. Amen.
V. Hear me, O God, and have pity on me;
R. O Lord, be my helper.
Lovable St. Anthony, I come to you with complete confidence in your favor before God who heeds your pleas for those in need. Forget me not in your place of heavenly glory, and intercede for me. Amen.
V. Be not far from me, O Lord;
R. Awake, and be vigilant, O God, in my defense. Glorious St. Anthony, I acknowledge my weakness and my many sins against the Almighty. Despite my unworthiness, please assist me in my pressing necessity. In your kindness, plead my cause. Amen
V. Make your ways known to me, O Lord;
R. Teach me your paths.
Zealous St. Anthony, help me now to appreciate God’s purpose in my life, and be my powerful patron in granting my intention. You will, I am sure, beg God’s mercy for me in my difficulties. Amen.
V. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
R. Lord, hear my voice. Most chaste St. Anthony, by your love for Christ and His Church I implore your aid in my anxiety, and ask your prompt response. You show the power of God’s saints by your ready aid to His people. Amen.
V. My help is in the name of the Lord;
R. Who made heaven and earth.
Most humble St. Anthony, your dedication to poverty has enriched the Church with countless favors and blessings. I beg your assistance in my behalf so I may be enriched by honoring your example. Amen.
V. All that the Lord wills He does;
R. In heaven and on earth. O good St. Anthony, you comfort those like me who sorrow. Be with me as I give solace to others in imitation of you. Forget not my need in my difficulty, and entreat our God for me. Amen.
V.The Lord defends His people;
R. He is merciful to His servants.
Blessed St. Anthony, in your life you were a model of perfection who worked wonders for those afflicted. From your place in heaven, come now to my aid, and beg from God the answer to my petition. Amen.
V. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good;
R. His mercy endures forever.
Faithful St. Anthony, my heart overflows with gratitude. I know your power with God is great, and that you will obtain for me my heart’s desire. Help me now, I beg you, to serve God as faithfully as you did. Amen.
V. St. Anthony whom the infant Jesus so much loved and honored.
R. Grant us what we ask of you.
O God, may it always be a source of joy to your Church that we honor the memory of St. Anthony, your Confessor and Doctor. May his spiritual help make us strong, and his assistance help us gain an everlasting reward. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Unfailing Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua
“Blessed by 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. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me [your request here]. 0 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.