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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Novena to St. Anthony


O Holy St. Anthony, reach down from heaven and take hold of my hand.
Assure me that I am not alone.You are known to possess miraculous powers and to be ever ready to speak for those in trouble.
Loving and gentle St. Anthony, reach down from heaven I implore you and assist me in my hour of need. Obtain for me (mention request here).
Dearest St. Anthony, reach down from heaven and guide me with thy strength.
Plead for me in my needs.
And teach me to be humbly thankful as you were for all the bountiful blessings I am to receive.
Amen.

St. Anthony was a teacher and preacher, and later he was made a Doctor of the Church. He is called the Wonder Worker because of the many miracles attributed to him. Often, people will call on his intercession when they need to find lost items, such as missing car keys, wallets, and shoes. While he is a patron of lost things, he is also well known for restoring hope, health, and faith. 

A novena to St. Anthony can be made by praying the above prayer on nine or thirteen consecutive Tuesdays or praying it nine days in a row. 

St. Anthony's feast day is on June 13. 
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