PRAYERS TO ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA
At the heart of being a Companion to St. Anthony is our daily call to prayer. Below we offer various prayers asking for St. Anthony’s intercession for all life’s many blessings and challenges. Let us pray together and that through the intercession of St. Anthony our prayers will be answered in Jesus’ Name. All glory be to Jesus Christ!
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PRAYER TO ST. ANTHONY IN ANY NECESSITY
I salute you, St. Anthony, lily of purity, ornament and glory of Christianity.
I salute you, great Saint, cherub of wisdom and seraph of divine love. I rejoice at the favors Our Lord has so liberally bestowed on you.
In humility and confidence I entreat you to help me, for I know that God has given you charity and compassion, as well as power.
I ask you, by the love you felt toward the Holy Infant Jesus as you held Him in your arms, to tell Him now of the favors I seek through your intercession. (Mention your petition.)
O glorious favorite of God, in humble reverence I petition you to grant me what I so urgently ask for, and I will make known your goodness and holiness, thereby to honor and glorify Him who has so greatly blessed you. Amen.
PRAYER IN TIME OF PERSONAL ILLNESS
St. Anthony, lover of the least and lowly, you reached out to the sick with a generous and compassionate heart. Please be with me at this time of ill health, and accompany me as I face this sickness and all the uncertainties of infirmity. Help me experience God’s healing power through your prayers, as well as my own.
If I suffer, lead me to unite myself to the Cross of Jesus Christ, so that this suffering can bring spiritual benefit to me and to others. May my bearing the cross of illness here on earth prepare me for new life in the eternal joys of perfect happiness and fullness of life with God forever in Heaven. Amen.
PRAYER FOR A SICK RELATIVE OR FRIEND
St. Anthony, you always helped those in need. I fervently seek your heavenly intercession now for (here name) who is ill and in need of your miraculous assistance. Give strength to (name) so that he/she may experience God’s blessings and goodness at this time. May his/her sufferings be lessened and confidence in God’s Divine Providence be increased.
St. Anthony, you were a true friend to the sick and offered them your compassionate care in powerful acts of healing. Stay near to (name) now with your protection. Console our anxious hearts and grant that our physical and emotional sufferings be a source of purification and growth for eternal life. Amen.
“Compassion toward our neighbors ought to
be threefold: if they sin against us, we ought
to forgive them. If they stray from the path of
moral integrity and truth, we should instruct
them. If they are in need, we must help them.”
– St. Anthony of Padua
PRAYER FOR INNER PEACE
St. Anthony, faithful servant of Christ, you offered comfort and consolation to all who came to you in times of trouble. Pray for me now, that I may know true peace of mind, heart and soul. Help me grow in faith, so that I may be free from all useless and needless anxiety in this life.
Fill me with a complete and lasting confidence in God’s healing graces. Grant me the serenity known by those who let go of resentments, bitterness and anger. Reassure me that Our Divine Savior, Jesus Christ, is with me every step of the way, every day of my life, and that in His gracious love I need not worry or fear any of life’s difficulties. Amen.
“When you look into muddy or choppy water,
you will not see your face reflected.
If you want the face of Christ, who looks
on you, to be reflected within you, come away
from the disturbance of exterior things,
and let your soul be at peace.”
– St. Anthony of Padua
PRAYER FOR A HOLY CHRISTIAN LIFE
St. Anthony, model of great holiness, help me to live as a worthy son/daughter of God, faithful to the promises of my Baptism. You know how serious are the dangers and difficulties of my life. Grant that I may overcome all temptations to evil and have the courage to witness to my faith.
Obtain for me, from Our Divine Savior, a heart that is capable of loving God above all things, and open my soul to a generous and sincere love of my neighbor.
Help me to be willing to assist and serve anyone who is in need. Encourage me by your holy example, so that I may be most open and receptive to God’s perfect and all powerful love. Amen.
PRAYER FOR MY FAMILY
St. Anthony, God blessed you with a loving family to form you in the image and the ideals of Jesus Christ. From your place in heaven, watch over my family, and help us grow together in faith and in a loving concern for each other.
Strengthen our bonds of family unity when we practice Jesus’ teachings of forgiveness, of selfless service, of putting the love of God and the needs of others first in our lives. Give us words and ways to express our affection and respect for all in our family, and guide us to work through and resolve all our misunderstandings and disagreements. Amen.
“He who is the beginning and the end, the ruler
of the angels, made Himself obedient to human
creatures. The Creator of the Heavens obeys a
carpenter; the God of eternal glory listens to a
poor virgin. Has anyone ever witnessed
anything comparable to this? Let the
philosopher no longer distain from listening
to the common laborer; the wise to the simple;
the educated to the illiterate.”
– St. Anthony of Padua
PRAYER FOR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
St. Anthony, you were greatly admired by others for your child-like qualities of innocence, trust and goodness. I ask you now to intercede for me before God for the children I entrust to your heavenly care. (Here mention.) Keep them safe from danger. Protect them from illness, disease and harm, and from the unfortunate influence of those who would lead them astray.
Help them grow in faith and wisdom, and to become admirable daughters and sons of our Heavenly Father. Shield them from the presence and effects of evil in our world.
May they experience daily the tender compassion and care of our Loving God, who gave them breath and life, and whose image they bear. Amen.
PRAYER FOR A RETURN TO FAITH
St. Anthony, God chose you for a mission of mercy to those who had fallen away from our Catholic faith. I entrust to you my concerns for (here name) who does not presently worship at Mass or receive the Sacraments regularly.
Speak to their heart, and lead them to want to know God better, to praise God often in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, and to offer their time and talents in the dedicated service of a welcoming, holy, faith-filled Catholic parish community. Grant them the joy, the privilege, and the power of a committed personal relationship with Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and His Body, the Church. Guide me with patience and wisdom to be a worthy example of faith to all. Amen.
“In this murky world, the saints shine like the
of the firmament. And just as shoes protect
the feet, so the example of the saints protects our
souls, by giving us the strength to trample on
the devil’s deceit and the world’s seduction.”
– St. Anthony of Padua
A STUDENT’S PRAYER TO ST. ANTHONY
St. Anthony, you became famous for your academic knowledge and your Christian wisdom. I hereby entrust my studies to your guidance. You know how important they are for my life, and how serious is the commitment they require of me.
Grant me the motivation and determination to apply myself to my studies consistently, the intelligence to understand all that I am being taught, and the gift of a good memory to remember and apply what I have learned.
With your heavenly aid, may I successfully continue and conclude my studies so I can be of help and service to others, and come to know my true purpose and meaning in this life. Amen.
PRAYER OF GRATITUDE
St. Anthony, glorious worker of wonders, you have assisted me with great kindness and have consoled my soul. I express to you now my heartfelt gratitude and thanks for all your heavenly aid.
Accept my prayer, and my sincere promise, to strive to live always in the love of Jesus Christ and of my neighbor. Continue to shield me with your powerful protection, and obtain for me the final grace of being able, one day, to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and to join with you in the everlasting praises of God’s love and mercy. Amen.
PRAYER FOR TRAVEL
St. Anthony, you are often called the patron of travelers. Many recount their gratitude for your care and watchfulness upon their journeys. Grant me that same protection as I set out on my travels, both near and far. Be my guide and my safety when I am lost, and always help me to know and to follow the right path. Amen.
PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH
St. Anthony, at an early age you were called by Sister Death to your heavenly reward. Help me to live in such a way that I am spiritually prepared to leave this world whenever Sister Death summons me. Free me from fear, and grant me the conviction of faith that I will be welcomed by our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ, at my final hour, to enjoy forever the brightness of perpetual light, the fullness of eternal life, and perfect love in God’s presence forever.
Help me to die with no regrets for the past, with gratitude for all that has been, and with a joyful openness to the blessings of grace and goodness Christ has prepared for those who love Him. And until then, lead me to live each day fully, with sincere faith and constant praise for all that Our Lord has given me now, and in His promises for my eternal future. Amen.
SAINT ANTHONY’S BLESSING
Behold the Cross of the Lord!
Begone, you evil powers!
The Lion of the tribe of Judah,
the root of David, has conquered,
V. St. Anthony, vanquisher of demons,
pray for us!
R. That we may be made worthy of
the promises of Christ!
Let us pray
Grant, O Lord, to Your people, through the
intercession of Your servant, Blessed Anthony
of Padua, the grace to prevail over the powers
of darkness, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, St. Anthony.