Celebrate St. Anthony With Our Online Feast Day Calendar

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  • Tuesday, June 1st
    How much do you know about St. Anthony of Padua? Can you pass our Feast Day Quiz? Join us here on June 1st to test your knowledge!
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  • Wednesday, June 2nd
    Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus—or a lily—or a book—or all three—in his arms. Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony.

    St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small, and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God.

    St. Anthony is beloved throughout the world and is responsive to all people and all needs. His intercessory powers before our God are awesome.

    Please Pray With Us:
    ”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. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me pause and silently mention your request.

    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.


    This excerpt is from the book, Saint Anthony of Padua: The Story of His Life and Popular Devotions, which was published in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of St. Anthony Messenger by Franciscan Father Norman Perry (1929-1999)
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  • Thursday, June 3rd
    The Franciscan Saint, Anthony of Padua, is usually depicted holding the Christ child and a “Madonna lily.”

    Most images of the Wonder-Worker depict him holding the Child Jesus and with lilies. Now, it is a part of tradition in Christian art to use lilies as a symbol of purity when portraying Our Lady or the Saints.

    With Saint Anthony, “the Padua Lilies” have special significance. Lilies are in bloom around much of the world in the month of June, the month of his Feast Day, June 13th. There is an ancient legend hundreds of years old relating to the Saint of Padua and these magnificent flowers.

    Now you can place these Padua Lilies at the feet of our friend and Wonder-Worker, St. Anthony!

    With a donation of $25.00 for the Padua Lily, we will place these beautiful flowers at the feet of St. Anthony here at his Great Shrine in New York City! Your Padua Lily will remain there with your intentions at the Shrine on his feast day and during the week following.

    Our Supply of Padua Lilies are limited so please hurry and send in your donation so we can place your very own blossom at his feet!
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  • Friday, June 4th
    St. Anthony of Padua is one of the Church’s most beloved saints. He is the patron saint of lost things, the poor and travelers. A gifted speaker, St. Anthony attracted crowds everywhere he went, speaking in multiple tongues; legend says that even the fish loved to listen. He is also known as the “Wonder Worker.”

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  • Saturday, June 5th
    An Excerpt From “Coffee With St. Anthony”

    St. Anthony, I’m feeling a little lost today:
    I usually pray to you when I’ve lost something, but today I’m feeling a little lost. My life has been okay, but there were so many things I hoped to accomplish by now. I find myself thinking about what might have been.

    Looking back is like walking backwards; you’re likely to overlook what’s right in front of you. Trust me; I’m something of an expert in having my life change in unexpected ways. At fifteen, I entered the Augustinian Canons and became a priest and scripture scholar. Some years later, the bodies of the first Franciscan martyrs were laid to rest in the monastery of Santa Cruz where I was living. Inspired by the courage of those five martyrs, I was sure that God was calling me to martyrdom, and so I asked the Franciscan friars to accept me into their community and to send me to Morocco where I was sure I would meet a martyr’s death. After securing permission from my Augustinian superior to join the Order of Friars Minor, I made my novitiate and was sent to Morocco. On arrival, I contracted malaria and was too ill to work, so I was put on a ship bound for Lisbon, Portugal, where I was born. A wind blew the ship off-course, and we landed in Sicily. After attending a meeting of my Franciscan community, I asked to be sent to a hermitage at Montepaolo, where I expected to spend my time in prayer and service to my brother friars by cooking and cleaning.

    Purchase your copy of “Coffee With St. Anthony” today.

    You will almost feel and see the great “Wonder Worker” Saint sitting across the table from you sharing his story and helping you cope with the daily troubles of life that each of us face. St. Anthony of Padua is one of the Church’s most beloved saints and the patron saint of lost things, the poor and travelers. Welcome him into your daily life with “Coffee With St. Anthony.”

    Booklet size: 5” x 7”

    Number of Pages: 36
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  • Sunday, June 6th
    Miracles and Traditions of St Anthony

    The reason for invoking St. Anthony’s help in finding lost or stolen things is traced back to an incident in his own life. As the story goes, Anthony had a book of psalms that was very important to him. Besides the value of any book before the invention of printing, the psalter had the notes and comments he had made to use in teaching students in his Franciscan Order.

    A novice who had already grown tired of living religious life decided to depart the community. Besides going AWOL he also took Anthony’s psalter! Upon realizing his psalter was missing, Anthony prayed it would be found or returned to him. And after his prayer the thieving novice was moved to return the psalter to Anthony and to return to the Order, which accepted him back. Legend has embroidered this story a bit. It has the novice stopped in his flight by a horrible devil, brandishing an ax and threatening to trample him underfoot if he did not immediately return the book. Obviously a devil would hardly command anyone to do something good. But the core of the story would seem to be true. And the stolen book is said to be preserved in the Franciscan friary in Bologna.

    In any event, shortly after his death people began praying through Anthony to find or recover lost and stolen articles.

    This excerpt is from the book, Saint Anthony of Padua: The Story of His Life and Popular Devotions, which was published in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of St. Anthony Messenger by Franciscan Father Norman Perry (1929-1999)
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  • Monday, June 7th
    Would You Like A Direct Phone Line To St. Anthony? Here is the next best thing!

    St. Anthony’s Guild has a “Prayer Line To St. Anthony”

    Place a toll-free call to the Friars and ask them to pray to St. Anthony for your special intentions.

    Simply dial this toll-free number 1-888-407-5112 and after the message let the Franciscan Friars know what your prayer need is and we will pray for you and your intentions.

    There is no cost, only that we ask you to also pray for us too!
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  • Tuesday, June 8th
    Please Pray With Us To St. Anthony

    Reading: Isaiah 61:1-3
    The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the LORD has anointed me;
    He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,
    to heal the brokenhearted,
    To proclaim liberty to the captives
    and release to the prisoners,
    To announce a year of favor from the LORD
    and a day of vindication by our God,
    to comfort all who mourn;
    To place on those who mourn in Zion
    a diadem instead of ashes,
    To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,
    a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit.
    The Word of the Lord.
    Amen.

    The Franciscan Friars invite you to send your prayers and intentions to St. Anthony The Wonder Worker. Visit our new website to light a virtual candle in honor of St. Anthony and submit an intention for yourself, a loved one, or in memory of someone you have lost.
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  • Wednesday, June 9th
    St. Anthony and the Child Jesus

    St. Anthony has been pictured by artists and sculptors in all kinds of ways. He is depicted with a book in his hands, with a lily or torch. He has been painted preaching to fish, holding a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament in front of a mule or preaching in the public square or from a nut tree.

    But since the 17th century we most often find the saint shown with the child Jesus in his arm or even with the child standing on a book the saint holds. A story about St. Anthony related in the complete edition of Butler’s Lives of the Saints (edited, revised and supplemented by Herbert Anthony Thurston, S.J., and Donald Attwater) projects back into the past a visit of Anthony to the Lord of Chatenauneuf. Anthony was praying far into the night when suddenly the room was filled with light more brilliant than the sun. Jesus then appeared to St. Anthony under the form of a little child. Chatenauneuf, attracted by the brilliant light that filled his house, was drawn to witness the vision but promised to tell no one of it until after St. Anthony’s death.

    Some may see a similarity and connection between this story and the story in the life of St. Francis when he reenacted at Greccio the story of Jesus, and the Christ Child became alive in his arms. There are other accounts of appearances of the child Jesus to Francis and some companions.

    These stories link Anthony with Francis in a sense of wonder and awe concerning the mystery of Christ’s incarnation. They speak of a fascination with the humility and vulnerability of Christ who emptied himself to become one like us in all things except sin. For Anthony, like Francis, poverty was a way of imitating Jesus who was born in a stable and would have no place to lay his head.

    This excerpt is from the book, Saint Anthony of Padua: The Story of His Life and Popular Devotions, which was published in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of St. Anthony Messenger by Franciscan Father Norman Perry (1929-1999)
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  • Thursday, June 10th
    Join the Friars for a private Transitus Service on June 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM

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  • Saturday, June 12th
    Join The Franciscan Friars for an exclusive LIVE Transitus Service on Saturday, June 12th at 7:00 PM EST.

    The Franciscan Friars continue to feed, shelter, clothe, and support over 2 million people each year. Only with your spiritual and financial support can we continue to serve those most in need.

    Thank you for being a part of our wonderful St. Anthony’s Guild Family! Many blessings, and please stay safe and well, and remember we are praying for you and your loved ones.

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  • Friday, June 11th
    Today: Pray for us, St. Anthony, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    God, our loving Father, you are glorified in your servant St. Anthony, whose glory is the crowning of your gifts to him. In his life on earth you give us an example. In our prayerful communion with him you give us his friendship.

    In his prayer for the Church you give us strength and protection. We praise and thank you, Lord, for these benefits through Jesus Christ, your Son, Amen.

    The Little Treasury To St. Anthony is Back!

    This is beautiful little book contains all of the prayers and devotions to St. Anthony that every follower of his should have! This "old" Little Treasury has been made new with:

    • additional prayers and devotions
    • a short life story about St. Anthony
    • the 13 Tuesday’s Novena
    • the Litany of St. Anthony
    • many other prayers for your devotion to St. Anthony

    This book makes a wonderful gift for family and friends, and can enhance your prayer and devotion to this Wonder-Worker of Miracles, Anthony of Padua!

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  • Sunday, June 13th
    Join The Franciscan Friars for the Feast of St. Anthony LIVE Mass, Sunday, June 13th at 10:00 AM EST.

    The Franciscan Friars continue to feed, shelter, clothe, and support over 2 million people each year. Only with your spiritual and financial support can we continue to serve those most in need.

    Thank you for being a part of our wonderful St. Anthony’s Guild Family! Many blessings, and please stay safe and well, and remember we are praying for you and your loved ones.
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