The Novena in honour of St Anthony

The Novena

THE NOVENA

The Novena in honour of St Anthony originated immediately, after his death. This novena is made on nine Tuesdays in succession. It is a laudable custom at the beginning of the novena to make a good resolution to practice some of the virtues in which St.Anthony most excelled – purity, humility, patience, obedience, etc.

Introductory Prayer for each day

O God, you are the author of all nature and grace, and admirable in all your saints, and in particular in our glorious protection St.Anthony, whom you have made so beloved of many, and the helper to who we fly in our necessities. Succour us in our dangers and enrich us with your gifts. Deign, O Lord, through his merits and intercession to delvier us from every eveil and grant us the grace which we ask in this novena, should it be for the good of our souls and for your greater glory. Amen

Concluding Prayer for each Day

Let us Pray : O Glorious father and protector St.Anthony, your love of Jusus was so wondrously rewarded that you were privileged to hold him in your arms in the form of a little child. By the ineffable consolations which inundated your soul, by the compassion which you showed towards the affected and poor, and by the gift of miracles which our Lord bestowed on you, obtain for us the pardon of our sins, the granting of all our needs, the fulfillment of all our obligations, a joly life and a happy death, that following your footsteps during our life on earth we may merit to live with him eternally in heaven. Amen

Pray for us, O Saint Anthony
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us Pray

O Lod, may the ardent prayers of St.Anthony give joy to your church, that it may ever find itself strengthened with spiritual succour and merit to obtain heavently happiness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Special prayers for Each day

Day I

O holy Saint Anthony, the gentlest of saints, your love for God and charity for his creatures made you worthy while on earth to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me the favour I seek in this novena. (pause to recall your intention / petition). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, you are the saint of miracles ! O gently and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Infant Jesus, who loved to be enfolded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will always be yours.

Our father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the father.
Saint Anthony, Pray for us.

Day 2

O Saint Anthony, wondrous worker of miracles, remember that it has never been heard that you have left without help or relief anyone who in his / her need has recourse to you. Encouraged now by the most lively confidence, even with full conviction of not being refused, I fly for refuge to you, O most favoured friend of the infant Jesus. O eloquent preacher of the divine mercy, accept my prayer, bring them before the throne of God, strengthen them by your intercession and obtain for me the favour I seek in this novena

Our father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the father.
Saint Anthony, Pray for us.

Day 3

O purest Saint Anthony, who through your angelic virtue was found worthy to be caressed by the Divine Child Jesus, to hold him in your arms and prss him to your heart, I beg you to cast a benevolent glance upon me. O glorious Saint Anthony, born under the protection of Mary Immaculate, on the Feast of her Assumption into heaven, and consecrated to her and now so powerful an intercessor in heaven, I ask you to obtain for me the favour I ask in this novena… O great wonder worker, intercede for me that God may grant my request.

Our father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the father.
Saint Anthony, Pray for us.

Day 4

I salute and honour you, O powerful helper, Saint Anthony. The Christian world confidently turns to you and experiences your tender compassion and powerful assistance in so many troubles and sufferings that I am encouraged in my need to seek your help in obtaining a positive answer to my request for the favour I seek in this novena… O holy Saint Anthony, I beg you, obtain for me the grace that I desire.

Our father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the father.
Saint Anthony, Pray for us.

Day 5

I salute you, Saint Anthony, lily of purity, ornament and glory of Christianity, I reverence you, great saint, cherub of wisdom and angel of divine love. I rejoice at the favours our Lord has so liberally bestowed on you. In humility and confidence I beg you to help me, for I know that God has given you great charity and pity, as well as power. I ask you by the love you did feel toward the Infant Jesus as you held him in your arms, to tell him now of the favour I seek through your intercession in this novena….

Our father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the father.
Saint Anthony, Pray for us.

Day 6

O glorius Saint Anthony, chosen by God to preach his Word, you received from him the gift of tongues and the power of working the most extraordinary miracles. O good Saint Anthony, pray that I may fulfil the will of God in all things so that I may love him with you, for all eternity. O kind Saint Anthony, I ask you, obtain for me the grace that I desire, the favour I seek in this novena…..

Our father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the father.
Saint Anthony, Pray for us.

Day 7

O renowed champion of faith, most holy Saint Anthony famed for many miracles, obtain for me from the bounty of my Lord and God the grace which I ardently seek in this novena… O holy Saint Anthony, ever attentive to those who invoke you, grant me the aid of your powerful intercession

Our father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the father.
Saint Anthony, Pray for us.

Day 8

O holy Saint Anthony, you have shown yourself so powerful in your intercession, so tender and so compassionate toward those who honour you and invoke you in suffering and distress. I ask you most humbly and earnestly to take me under your protection in my present troubles and to obtain for me the favour I desire…. Recommend my request to the merciful Queen of Heaven, that, with you she may plead my cause before the throne of her Divine Son

Our father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the father.
Saint Anthony, Pray for us.

Day 9

Saint Anthony, Servant of Mary, Glory of Church, pray for our Holy Father, our bishops, our priests, our religious that, through their pious zeal and apostolic labours, all may be united in faith and give grater glory to God. Saint Anthony, helper of all who invoke you, pray for me and intercede for me before the throne of Almighty God that I be granted the favour I so earnestly seek in this novena

Our father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the father.
Saint Anthony, Pray for us.

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