Novena to Saint Anthony of Padua

Preparatory Prayer

O most holy and ever blessed Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I humbly prostrate myself before Thee. I thank Thee for the great and burning love whereby Thou has chosen from all eternity Saint Anthony, to enjoy and contemplate Thee that Thou mayst through him be honored, praised and blessed forever and ever. Amen.

To Saint Anthony

My faithful and beloved Patron, Saint Anthony! I implore thee; show me, dearest Saint, thy powerful intercession before the throne of God; let me experience, I earnestly beseech thee, thy help in all my necessities, especially in this present one (here mention the object of the Novena); grant that I can say with all who have invoked thee: the Omnipotent God of heaven and earth lives and works through His faithful Servant Saint Anthony of Padua, forever and ever. Amen.

Here say the following Miraculous Response, (commonly ascribed to Saint Bonaventure) in honor of Saint Anthony

If then you ask for miracles,
   Death, error, all calamities,
The leprosy, the demon fly,
   And health succeeds infirmities.

The seas obey, the fetters break,
   And lifeless limbs thou dost restore;
While treasures lost are found again,
   When young and old thine aid implore.

All dangers vanish at thy prayer,
   And direst need doth quickly flee,
Let those who know, thy power proclaim,
   Let Paduans say: These are of thee.

To Father, Son, may glory be
   And Holy Ghost eternally.

P. Pray for us, blessed Anthony,

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray!

O God, may the votive commemoration of blessed Anthony, thy Confessor, be a source of joy to the church, that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance and deserve to enjoy eternal reward. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (100 days’ indulgence each time.)

– text taken from Devotion to Saint Anthony of Padua, by Father Clementinus Deymann O.S.F., 1887