June 13, 2013

Feast of Sant'Antonio di Padova

Viva Sant'Antonio!
June 13th is the Feast day of Sant'Antonio di Padova, the "Hammer of Heretics." He is the patron saint of lost objects and protector of Montefalcione, a small town in the province of Avellino. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua. The accompanying photo of the Saint was taken at Saint Leonard's Church in Boston's North End. The picture below of the Basilica of Sant'Antonio di Padova was taken during my 2007 visit to Padua.

Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua

O glorious St. Anthony, safe refuge of the afflicted and distressed, who by miraculous revelation has directed all those who seek aid to come to Thy altar with the promise that whosoever visits it for nine consecutive Tuesdays, and there piously invokes thee, will feel the power of the intercession. I, a poor sinner, encouraged by this promise, come to thee. O powerful Saint, and with a firm hope I implore thy aid, thy protection, thy counsel and thy blessing. Obtain for me, I beseech thee my request in this necessity. But if it should be opposed to the Will of God and the welfare of my soul, obtain for me such other graces as shall be conducive to my salvation. Through Christ our Lord.
Basilica of Sant'Antonio di Padova
Photos by New York Scugnizzo