What is the Novena to St Anthony of Padua? How do I pray it?


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What is a Novena?

The word novena is derived from the Latin word ‘novem’ meaning ‘nine’. A novena is a traditional Roman Catholic devotion consisting of a powerful set of prayers prayed publicly or privately, most commonly on nine consecutive days, and usually for a special intention. One does not have to be Catholic to pray a novena; all who desire to become closer to our Lord are welcome to experience the many blessings this special form of prayer can bestow. Novenas are often prayed when going through difficulty and crisis in one’s life or at any other time one is seeking special graces, guidance or intercession. Virtually all novenas can be said at any time of the year but some are also particularly appropriate for certain times of the year.


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St Anthony of Padua[size=]Performer of Miracles, Wonder-Worker, Doctor of the Church

Feast Day: 13 June
Born 1195 - Lisbon, Portugal
Died June 13, 1231 at the age of 36
Canonized only one year after his death on May 30,1232 by Pope Gregory IX at Spoleto, Italy
Patron Saint of Lost Items, Sailors, Travelers, Fishermen, Pregnant Women

St Anthony of Padua is said be the most well-known and beloved saint in the Catholic Church, as well as the world. He was one of the most famous disciples of St. Francis of Assisi; he was the first teacher in the Franciscan order, a famous and skillful preacher and theologian, and impressed many with extensive knowledge of the bible. He set a true example of personal holiness and held a profound penetrating love for the Immaculate Virgin Mary. St Anthony of Padua is known to many in their daily lives as a companion, intercessor of the poor, and an invaluable aid to anyone in physical or spiritual suffering. His miracles are too numerous to list – during his life and from the time of his death eight centuries ago, countless miracles have occurred through Saint Anthony’s intercession and his popularity only continues to grown due to his generous assistance to the many faithful who invoke him.

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Nine Day Novena to Saint Anthony of Padua

Opening Prayer:

O wonderful St. Anthony,
glorious on account of the fame of your miracles,
and through the condescension of Jesus
in coming in the form of a little child to rest in your arms,
obtain for me of His bounty the grace
which I ardently desire from the depths of my heart.
(State your intention)
You who were so compassionate toward miserable sinners,
regard not the unworthiness of those who pray to you,
but the glory of God that it may once again
be magnified by the granting of the particular request
(State your intention)
which I now ask for with persevering earnestness.
Amen.

Pray: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father

Saint Anthony, pray for us!

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**DAY ONE

O holy St. Anthony,
gentlest of saints,
your love for God and charity for his creatures
made you worthy while on earth
to possess miraculous powers.
Miracles waited 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 favor I seek in this novena
(State your intention).
The answer to my prayer
may require a miracle;
even so,
you are the saint of miracles.
O gentle 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 folded in your arms,
and the gratitude of my heart
will always be yours.

Pray: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father

Saint Anthony, pray for us!

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**DAY TWO

O miracle-working St. Anthony,
remember that it never has been heard
that you left without help or relief anyone
who in his need had recourse to you.
Animated now with the most lively confidence,
even with full conviction of not being refused,
I fly for refuge to thee,
O most favored friend of the Infant Jesus.
O eloquent preacher of the divine mercy,
despise not my supplications but,
bringing them before the throne of God,
strengthen them by your intercession
and obtain for me the favor I seek in this novena
(State your intention).

Pray: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father

Saint Anthony, pray for us!

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**DAY THREE

O purest St. Anthony,
who through your angelic virtue was made worthy
to be caressed by the Divine Child Jesus,
to hold him in your arms and press him to your heart.
I entreat you to cast a benevolent glance upon me.
O glorious St. 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 beseech you to obtain for me
the favor I ask in this novena
(State your intention).
O great wonder-worker,
intercede for me that God may grant my request.

Pray: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father

Saint Anthony, pray for us!

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**DAY FOUR

I salute and honor you,
O powerful helper, St. Anthony.
The Christian world confidently turns to you
and experiences your tender compassion
and powerful assistance
in so many necessities and sufferings
that I am encouraged in my need to seek
your help in obtaining a favorable answer to my request
for the favor I seek in this novena
(State your intention).
O holy St. Anthony,
I beseech you,
obtain for me the grace that I desire.

Pray: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father

Saint Anthony, pray for us!

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**DAY FIVE

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 upon you.
In humility and confidence
I entreat you to help me,
for I know that God has given you 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 favor I seek
through your intercession in this novena
(State your intention).

Pray: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father

Saint Anthony, pray for us!

**


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**DAY SIX

O glorious St. 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 St. Anthony,
pray that I may fulfill the will of God
in all things so that I may love Him,
with you,
for all eternity.
O kind St. Anthony,
I beseech you,
obtain for me the grace that I desire,
the favor I seek in this novena
(State your intention).

Pray: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father

Saint Anthony, pray for us!

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**DAY SEVEN

O renowned champion of the faith of Christ,
most holy St. Anthony,
glorious for your many miracles,
obtain for me from the bounty
of my Lord and God
the grace which I ardently seek in this novena
(State your intention).
O holy St. Anthony,
ever attentive to those who invoke you,
grant me that aid
of your powerful intercession.

Pray: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father

Saint Anthony, pray for us!

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**DAY EIGHT

O holy St. Anthony,
you have shown yourself so powerful in your intercession,
so tender and so compassionate
towards those who honor you
and invoke you in suffering and distress.
I beseech you most humbly and earnestly
to take me under your protection
in my present necessities
and to obtain for me the favor I desire
(State your intention).
Recommend my request
to the merciful Queen of Heaven,
that she may plead my cause with you
before the throne of her Divine Son.

Pray: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father

Saint Anthony, pray for us!

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**DAY NINE

Saint Anthony,
servant of Mary,
glory of the Church,
pray for our Holy Father,
our bishops,
our priests,
our Religious Orders,
that,
through their pious zeal
and apostolic labors,
all may be united in faith
and give greater glory to God.
St. 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 favor
I so earnestly see in this novena
(State your intention).

Pray: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father

Saint Anthony, pray for us!

May the divine assistance remain always with us.
Amen.

May the souls of the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God,
Rest in peace.
Amen.

O God,
May the votive commemoration
Of blessed Anthony,
Your confessor,
Be a source of joy to your Church,
That she may always be fortified
With spiritual assistance,
and deserve to enjoy eternal rewards.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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