Saint Anthony of Padua (June 13th)
The church at Duncton is dedicated to St. Anthony and St. George.
Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon in 1195. He originally became a canon regular, but inspired by the heroic lives of Franciscan martyrs he joined the Franciscans, at a time when Francis himself was still alive. During his lifetime he was much revered for his intelligence and for his ability as a preacher. He died at Padua in 1231, and his relics are still preserved there. He is widely revered as the finder of lost things, but more important than this his intellectual skill, his ability to proclaim the gospel, and his love for the poor remain a source of inspiration, and his prayers support us as we try to live lives that are faithful to the gospel. Saint Anthony was much respected in his life as a miracle-worker, and people still turn to him for help when they can see now way out of their difficulties and problems.
Prayer to St. Anthony
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 Miracles.
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.
Prayer from the Roman Missal
you have given Saint Anthony to your people
as an outstanding preacher
and a ready helper in time of need.
With his assistance may we follow the gospel of Christ
and know the help of your grace in every difficulty.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.