Little Office of Saint Anthony

At Vigils (Office of Readings)

I will praise You, O God, in Saint Anthony, whose tongue never ceased to praise You and to incite others to praise and exalt You.

V/. O Lord, open my lips.
R/. And my mouth shall announce Your praise.

V/. O God, come to my assistance.
R/. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Hymn

Hail, Saint Anthony! each creature
Hails you holy, knows you great.
In your childhood, God, your teacher,
Drew your heart to consecrate

All to Him the life then dawning;
Heavenward set your little feet;
Worldly pleasures, saint-like scorning;
Giving Him your heart complete.

And sweet Mary, pure and tender,
Jesus Mother was thine too;
She became your strong defender;
Hers the aid that kept you true.

Antiphon

In Anthony was from
youth up all grace of the way and of
the truth, all hope of life and of vir-
tue. (Sirach 24)

V/. The just shall flourish like the lily.
R/. And shall grow up before the Lord.

Prayer

Grant me, O Lord Jesus Christ, through the delight which You had together with Your blessed Virgin Mother, in the innocent life of Saint Anthony, to have contrition for the sins of my youth, and grant me the grace of a true conversion. Who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Amen.

At Lauds (Morning Prayer)

I will praise You, O God, in Saint Anthony, whose tongue never ceased to praise You and to incite others to praise and exalt You.

V/. O God, come to my assistance.
R/. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Hymn

Let all Christian tongues uniting,
Greet the hero, brave and calm,
For the faith, undaunted, righting,
Meriting the martyr’s palm.

See him now, true son of Francis,
With his spirit all aflame,
Moslem ears his voice entrances,
Glad to die a crown to claim.

Yet when God forbade this glory,
Willingly resigned his crown,
Telling Christian ears the story,
Error shrinking at his frown.

Antiphon

Who will give me wings like a dove, that I fly and follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ Who suffered for us, leaving us an example. (Ps. 55; 1 Pet. 2)

V/. This is Anthony, whom Jesus loved.
R/. So I will have him remain till I come. (John 21)

Prayer

Regard, O God, Saint Anthony’s great zeal, inflamed with which he desired to shed his blood for love of You. Excite in me, too, the desire of proving myself grateful for Your sacred Passion by a truly Christian life pleasing to You. Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

At Vigils (Office of Readings)

I will praise You, O God, in Saint Anthony, whose tongue never ceased to praise You and to incite others to praise and exalt You.

V/. O God, come to my assistance.
R/. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Hymn

Who, O who, shall not aspire
You to praise, Saint Anthony?
Highest wisdom still grew higher,
Richer for enriching you.

Deep humility grew deeper,
Virtue’s blossoms brighter hued,
That your soul was made their keeper,
In your silent solitude,

Till the cross of Christ that claimed you
Taught you what no man e’er saw;
“High priest of the Ark” they named you,
Covenant of Christ’s new law.

Antiphon

Behold I have given My words in your mouth: lo, I have set you this day over the nations, and over kingdoms, to root up and to pull down, to build and to plant. (Jeremiah 1)

V/. I have exalted one chosen out of My people.
R/. And My hand shall help him. (Ps. 59)

Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, You Who regard and graciously hear in heaven the humble of heart: grant us to uproot the spirit of pride and to please Your divine sight with true humility of heart. Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

At Tierce (Mid-morning Prayer)

I will praise You, O God, in Saint Anthony, whose tongue never ceased to praise You and to incite others to praise and exalt You.

V/. O God, come to my assistance.
R/. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Hymn

Hail to you in times unnumbered,
Spotless lily, white as snow:
In your soul’s fair chalice slumbered
Balm for healing human woe.

For, sweet Anthony, your pleading,
Like an unction, souls to win,
Melted hearts too long unheeding,
Made the hardest weep for sin.

Speak to us, your mercy claiming;
Speak one little word to me;
That the love of God, inflaming,
Warm our hearts eternally.

V/. We have heard him speak.
R/. In our own tongues the wonderful works of God. (Acts 2)

Prayer

O God, Who in a special manner did sanctify and enlighten with the grace of the Holy Spirit the heart of Saint Anthony: grant us in the same Spirit to do all things that are right, and always to rejoice in His divine consolation. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

At Sext (Mid-day Prayer)

I will praise You, O God, in Saint Anthony, whose tongue never ceased to praise You and to incite others to praise and exalt You.

V/. O God, come to my assistance.
R/. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Hymn

Be thou praised with heart and voices,
Saint, so worthy of our task!
Surest wisdom, that rejoices,
Thou dost bring to those that ask.

What is lost, what gone and vanished,
What the dark has hid away,
By your help, when hope is banished,
God will bring to light of day.

You can, by your interceding,
Bind the evil one, and death;
Sickness, danger, doubt misleading,
All must fly before your breath.

Antiphon

Come let us go to him who sees the things that are hidden; for this is truly the finger of God, and his name is wonderful. (Exodus 8)

V/. God has made His holy one wonderful.
R/. The Lord will hear me when I shall cry unto Him. (Psalm 4)

Prayer

O God, You Who show Yourself most wonderful in Saint Anthony, and have made him illustrious by the continual splendor of miracles: graciously grant that we may receive through his intercession whatever we confidingly implore through his merits. Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

At None (Mid-afternoon Prayer)

I will praise You, O God, in Saint Anthony, whose tongue never ceased to praise You and to incite others to praise and exalt You.

V/. O God, come to my assistance.
R/. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Hymn

All my heart to you is bended,
Christ’s beloved; great your part!
God-made Child you kissed, and tended,
Held so warm against your heart.

Oh, how tenderly, how sweetly,
Smiled that little Child on you!
Bringing gifts He showered freely,
Great your worth, and given free.

Gave you saintly will and power,
Strength to work for heaven’s bliss;
He, the Lord, was then your dower,
More He could not give than this.

Antiphon

My beloved to me and I to him, who feeds among the lilies. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand shall embrace me. (Song of Songs 2)

V/. I will not let you go.
R/. Until you bless me. (Genesis 32)

Prayer

Reminding you of your joy at the apparition of the Infant Jesus, I implore you, Saint Anthony, to obtain for me from our divine Saviour the forgiveness of my sins, true amendment of life, consolation and help in distress, and finally the everlasting joys of heaven. Amen.

At Vespers (Evening Prayer)

I will praise You, O God, in Saint Anthony, whose tongue never ceased to praise You and to incite others to praise and exalt You.

V/. O God, come to my assistance.
R/. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Hymn

Now our hymn is consecrated
To the power of your word,
Which with marvelous strength was freighted,
Till the very beasts had heard,

Falling down, had praised their Maker;
Fishes swimming close to shore;
All the earth thus made partaker
In your rare celestial lore.

Who is there can tell the story
Of the wonders of his life?
Sent by God to spread His glory,
And to help us in the strife.

Antiphon

Anthony had dominion over the fishes of the sea and the beasts of the earth. He increased in grace and wisdom, and defeated the heretics.

V/. May God have mercy on us through your intercession, Saint Anthony.
R/. May He cause the light of His countenance to shine upon us. (Ps. 65)

Prayer

O merciful God, true Light of the erring, You who have granted to lead, through the wisdom of Saint Anthony, so many thousands of souls from the darkness of sin: enlighten our hearts that they may come to the knowledge of Your divine will and persevere in the way of Your commandments. Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

At Compline (Night Prayer)

I will praise You, O God, in Saint Anthony, whose tongue never ceased to praise You and to incite others to praise and exalt You.

V/. Convert us, O God, Our Saviour.
R/. And turn off Your anger from us.

V/. O God, come to my assistance.
R/. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

Hymn

Darkness falls: dear saint, we hail you,
Who in dying saw the Lord.
Though t’was dark, light did not fail you:
Mary led you up to God.

Softly death crept in and found you,
Stilled the longing of your soul,
Gently loosed the cord that bound you,
Led you forward to your goal.

Wailing, through the orphaned city
Rose the cry: The saint is dead!”
Thou didst comfort them: in pity
Pray for us, to-day, instead.

Antiphon

Thou art My servant. I have chosen you and not cast you away. (Isaiah 41)

V . The Lord loved him and gave him renown.
R/. He clothed him with the garment of His glory.

Prayer

O most merciful Jesus, Who on a Friday died upon the wood of the cross, and on a Friday, too, received the pure soul of Your faithful servant Anthony in reward of the sincere compassion with which he contemplated Your sacred Passion: graciously grant us also to meditate truly on Your sufferings. Through them, and through the intercession of Saint Anthony, lead us to eternal bliss in heaven. Where You live and reign, world without end. Amen.

Conclusion

Dearest saint, in praise unending,
Let me thank you for your care.
At your feet, your love befriending,
Dare I hope the Lord will spare

For the Christ-child, who once sought you,
In your loving arms who lay,
So much of His Heart has taught you,
That He cannot say you nay.

Ah, while earth is still my dwelling,
Every day be thou my friend;
Fill my soul with peace, foretelling
Perfect bliss that has no end.