The Chaplet of Saint Anthony is composed of thirteen groups of three beads each. On the first bead of each group is said the Our Father, on the second the Hail Mary and on the third the Glory Be. At the end the miraculous responsory is recited:
If miracles thou fain wouldst see
Do, error, death, calamity,
The leprous stain, the demon flies,
From beds of pain the sick arise.
The hungry seas forego their prey,
The prisoner’s cruel chains give way;
While palsied limbs and chattels lost,
Both young and old recovered boast.
And perils perish; plenty’s hoard
Is heaped on hunger’s famished board;
Let those relate who know it well,
Let Padua of his patron tell.
The hungry seas, etc.
Glory be to the Father, etc.
The hungry seas, etc.
V. Pray for us Blessed Anthony.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us Pray
O God! Let 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 may deserve to possess eternal joy. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
During the prayers meditation on the following virtues of the saint is recommended: Faith, Hope, Charity, Love of Jesus, Prudence, Justice, Patience, Penance, Humility, Purity, Obedience, Poverty, Spirit of Prayer and Union with God.
Another method calls for meditation on the following thirteen petitions while reciting thirteen times the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
1. Saint Anthony, who raiseth the dead, pray for those Christians now in their agony, and for our dear departed.
2. Saint Anthony, zealous preacher of the Gospel, fortify us against the errors of the enemies of God, and pray for the Pope and the Church.
3. Saint Anthony, powerful with the Heart of Jesus, preserve us from the calamities which threaten us on account of our sins.
4. Saint Anthony, who drivest away devils, make us triumph over their snares.
5. Saint Anthony, lily of heavenly purity, purify us from the stains of the soul and preserve our bodies from all dangers.
6. Saint Anthony, healer of the sick, cure our diseases and preserve us in health.
7. Saint Anthony, guide of travellers, bring to safe harbor those who are in danger of perishing, and calm the troubled waves of passion which agitate our souls.
8. Saint Anthony, liberator of captives, deliver us from the captivity of evil.
9. Saint Anthony, who restorest to young and old the use of their limbs, obtain for us the perfect use of the senses of our body and the faculties of our soul.
10. Saint Anthony, finder of lost things, help us to find all that we lost in the spiritual and temporal order.
11. Saint Anthony, protected by Mary, avert the dangers which threaten our body and our soul.
12. Saint Anthony, helper of the poor, help us in our needs and give bread and work to those who ask.
13. Saint Anthony, we thankfully proclaim thy miraculous power, and we beseech thee to protect us all the days of our life.
(At times this chaplet may be composed of 13 beads instead of 13 groups of 3 beads each.)