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  • St. Anthony of Padua

    Anthony of Padua by Francisco de Zurbarán
    By Anthony Parente

    Each year June 13 holds a special place in my heart. Not only is it the birthday of my father Antonio, who passed away in 1986, it is the feast day of our patron saint St. Anthony of Padua.

    St. Anthony lived a short life of only 36 years, but in that time he touched the lives of many. He was blessed with a gifted voice and his preachings would attract thousands. He was born in Portugal in 1195 and at the age of 15 he joined the Canon Regular of St. Augustine. After ten years he decided to leave the Canon Regular and join the Franciscan Order. In 1231 St. Anthony died near Padua, Italy the city he loved.

    He was beloved by many and the Patron Saint of lost articles, sailors, and travellers to name a few. After his death there were many stories of miracles performed by St. Anthony. Along with St. Francis they are two of the most important Saints for Italians. St. Anthony was truly an amazing person. Three things about St. Anthony that I will always remember is that when they opened his tomb the only thing that remained was his tongue. His tongue as well as remnants from his cloak are located in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua. The second thing I remember is the tradition of St. Anthony Bread on the day of his feast. This tradition I will always remember because my grandmother would always attend church and bring back a small loaf of bread blessed in honor of St. Anthony for us to have at dinner. The third thing is a song to St. Anthony. This song was beautifully sung at my brothers wedding and I have included the lyrics for you to read.

    There are many accounts of people asking St. Anthony to intercede and in fact their prayers were answered. Below I have listed some of the prayers to St. Anthony. Maybe your prayers can be answered.

    Prayers to Saint Anthony
    Consoler of the Afflicted Disperser of Devils Example of Humility
    Generator of Charity Guide of Pilgrims Liberator of Prisoners
    Martyr of Deisre Model of Perfection Patron of seekers of lost articles
    Performer of Miracles Prayer to St. Anthony the Wonder Worker Restorer of Sight to the Blind
    Restorer of Speech to the Mute Reviver of the Dead Zealous for Justice

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