Prayer to Saint Anthony (Catholic Patron Saint of Lost Things)
It’s Saint Anthony of Padua who lived from 1195-1231 we are dealing with here. He was a Franciscan monk born in Portugal and then lived in Morocco before finally settling in Padua. He was known as an eloquent speaker. Prayer cards manufactured in Italy identify him as the saint of “miracles,” but to most Catholics, he is the patron saint associated with the return of lost things and missing persons or, in your case, love.
Typically, people, usually Catholics, recite this prayer to him for the return of what they lost:
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.
O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God
and Charity for His creatures made you worthy, when 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
of you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer
may require a miracle. Even so, you are the saint of
O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full
of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the
Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and
the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours.
Amen. (Say 13 Paters, Aves, and Glorias)
But according to some sources, you can utter another invocation which can have the same effect:
St. Anthony, St. Anthony
Please come down
Something is lost
And can’t be found
Dear St. Anthony, I pray
Bring it back, without delay.
Or maybe this:
Something’s lost and can’t be found
Please, St. Anthony, look around.
When you say these incantations, of course, it should be clear in your mind and heart what you’re petitioning Saint Anthony to return to you and not some things you just did in a party you’ve been at a while ago.