Perpetual Novena to St. Anthony

Taken from this booklet available on the Internet Archive.

St. Anthony, pray for us!
Imprimi Potest: Fr. Bertrand Campbell, O.F.M., Minister Provincial. March 10, 1947
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. Edward G. Murray, D.D., Censor Librorum
Imprimatur :Most Rev. Richard J. Cushing, D.D., Archbishop of Boston. Boston, March 10, 1947


Tuesday is Saint Anthony’s day. All Franciscan churches hold special devotions in his honor on that day, and all his faith- ful clients come to pray to him. God chose this day as the one on which He desired to show the power of His Saint, when He caused many astonishing miracles to become evident on the Tuesday after his body was put in its resting-place. The funeral became a procession of thanksgiving, for no one who asked the Saint’s aid on that day was denied. All the rejoicing people returned home and cried :

“This is the day the Lord hath made to Saint Anthony; let us be glad and rejoice therein”.


  1. Priest. Saint Anthony, our Patron and our Advocate,

People. Grant us what we ask of thee.

  1. Priest. Saint Anthony, powerful in word and work,

People. Grant us what we ask of thee.

  1. Priest. Saint Anthony, attentive to those who invoke thee,

People. Grant us what we ask of thee.

  1. Priest. Saint Anthony, glory of the

Church and honor of the Franciscan Order,

People. Grant us what we ask of thee.

  1. Priest. Saint Anthony, whom the Infant Jesus so much loved and honored,

People. Grant us what we ask of thee.




  1. If then you ask for miracles,

Death, error, all calamities,

The leprosy and demons fly,

And health succeeds infirmities.




The sea obeys, and fetters break,

And lifeless limbs thou dost restore,

While treasures lost are found again,

When young and old thine aid implore.


  1. All dangers vanish at thy prayer,

And direst need doth quickly flee ;

Let those who know thy power proclaim.

Let Paduans say : “These are of thee.”

Chorus: The sea obeys, etc.


  1. To Father, Son, may glory be,

And Holy Ghost eternally.


Chorus : The sea obeys, etc.

Pray for us, Saint Anthony,

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let Us Pray

O God ! May the votive commemoration of Blessed Anthony, Thy confessor and doctor, be a source of joy to Thy Church, that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance, and may deserve to possess eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


After the responsory an indulgence of 300 days, once a day. A plenary indulgence once a month, under the usual conditions, if this responsory together with its versicles and collect, be said daily.

  1. P. Ap. Jan. 30, 1936.


Devout Practices

The faithful who devoutly recite Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be, thirteen times in honor of St. Anthony, may gain: an indulgence of 300 days once a day (S. C. Ind. June 9, 1896) (S. P. Ap. Nov. 18, 1935).


The faithful who spend some time in devout meditations or prayers, or who perform some other acts of piety in honor of St. Anthony of Padua, on Tuesday or Sunday of any week, with the intention of so doing for 13 Tuesdays or Sun- days without interruption, may gain: A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions.






O glorious Saint Anthony, born under the protection of Mary Immaculate, on the Feast of her Assumption into heaven, and consecrated to her at a tender age; thou didst vanquish the demon by the sign of the cross, which thy finger impressed on the marble of the church where thou wert praying. Oh, we beseech thee, obtain for us a tender devotion to our Blessed Mother, and the strength to triumph over all the attacks of our infernal enemy.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.]



O glorious Saint ! thou didst escape from the dangers and temptations of the world by disdaining greatness, riches and the comforts of life, and by joining the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine; we beseech thee, obtain for us detachment of the heart and a true contempt for the world.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. ]



O glorious Saint ! thou didst feel a burning desire in thy youthful heart to suffer martyrdom for the faith, and for this pur- pose didst enter the Order of the Seraphic Saint Francis ; we beseech thee, obtain for us the spirit of penance and mortification.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.]



O glorious Saint! guided by sentiments of the most profound humility, thou didst all in thy power to hide thyself from the eyes of the world, when God suddenly made thee known as an ark of science and sanctity; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace of practicing humility and of loving a life hidden in God.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.]



O glorious Saint! chosen by God to preach His Word, thou didst receive from Him the gift of tongues, and the power of working the most extraordinary miracles ; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace to listen willingly to divine inspirations and to hear with fruit the Word of God.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory, ,]



O glorious Saint ! thy ardent love of God merited for thee the happy privilege of re- ceiving and caressing in thy arms the Divine Infant Jesus ; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace of receiving Him in the Blessed Eucharist with love and fervent devotion.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory, ]



O glorious Saint! thou didst confound the heretics and prove to them the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament by causing a dumb animal to kneel down and adore the sacred Host ; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace of a lively faith in the holy Eucharist.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.]



O glorious Saint! when men refused to come and hear the Word of God, thou didst call the fishes of the sea to the shore and preach to them; we beseech thee, obtain for us the perfect submission of our minds and hearts to divine truths.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.]



O glorious Saint! as protector of the innocent thou didst make a child only a few days old speak to save the honor of its mother ; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace of being strong and submissive to the Will of God in the midst of unjust persecutions and of preserving intact the peace and purity of our souls.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. ]



O glorious Saint! once, while preaching at Padua thou didst find thyself at the same time at Lisbon, by a marvelous miracle, to defend thy father against calumny and to save him from death; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace that we may pardon all injuries and love our enemies.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. ]



O glorious Saint! by thy prayers, thy zeal, and thy heavenly wisdom thou didst convert thousands of heretics and hardened sinners ; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace of true conversion, that we may give ourselves entirely to God.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.]


O glorious Saint! in imitation of our divine Redeemer, thou didst spend thy life for the salvation of souls ; we beseech thee, obtain for us the grace to become saints, to die a happy death, and to praise God for- ever with thee and all the saints and angels in heaven.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.”]


O glorious Saint! God has given thee the power of working miracles continually, and the favor of answering the prayers of those who invoke thy assistance in misfortune, anxiety, and distress ; we beseech thee, obtain for us from Jesus, through Mary, His Blessed Mother, what we beg of thee so fervently and hopefully, if it be for the glory of God and the good of our souls.

[Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.]


In conclusion recite the Miraculous Responsory.



For a Favor upon Giving an Offering to the Poor

O Wonderful Saint Anthony, glorious on account of the fame of thy miracles, and through the condescension of Jesus in coming in the form of a little Child to repose in thy arms; obtain for me of His bounty the grace which I ardently desire from the depths of my heart. Thou who wast so compassionate toward miserable sinners,

regard not the unworthiness of those who pray to thee, but the glory of God, that it may be once again magnified by thee, to the salvation of my soul, in connection with the particular request which I now ask for with persevering earnestness. May this small offering which I make to thee in aid of the poor be a pledge of my gratitude, and with them may it one day be granted to me, through the grace of Jesus Christ and thy intercession, to possess the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.


300 days once a day.

Raccolta, Eighth Ed., p. 323-324.



In Toulon, a pious woman named Louise Bouffier had had to give up her desire to become a Carmelite because her parents depended on her for support. However, God rewarded her sacrifice as follows :

One morning she came to open her shop, but the lock would not move. Not even a locksmith could open it. Finally when he had gone for tools to break the lock, she thought of Saint Anthony, and promised him bread for the poor if the lock was opened without breaking it. The first key on the locksmith’s ring thereupon opened the door. From that day Louise and all her friends brought their troubles to the Saint, promising bread for his poor. The back of her shop became a shrine where people knelt in earnest prayer and from which they went out zealously to spread the devotion. Sailors prayed for a safe voyage, mothers prayed for the health of their children, others prayed for the conversion of dear ones who had been away from the Sacraments. They always remembered to give bread to the poor in their gratitude to the good Saint.

To this day all Franciscan churches have a box for Saint Anthony’s Bread for the Poor, thus making it possible for them to feed the destitute whom Saint Anthony so loved.





A plenary indulgence on every Tuesday of the year to all who receive the Sacra- ments and on that day visit a Franciscan church where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, and there pray for the intention of the Holy Father.


(Pope Leo XIII, March 11, 1898.)


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A plenary indulgence is granted to those who visit a Franciscan church on one of the nine Tuesdays immediately preceding the feast of Saint Anthony (June 13), receive the Sacraments and pray for the intention of the Holy Father.


(Pope Clement XIV, May 25, 1770.)


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On all Tuesdays of the year a plenary indulgence is granted to all who perform the devotion of the Nine Tuesdays. They must visit a Franciscan church, receive the Sacraments and pray for the intention of the Holy Father. The devotion may be observed on consecutive Tuesdays, if convenient.


(Pope Clement XIII, March 28, 17 68.)

Note: The devotion may be practiced at home before a picture or statue of Saint Anthony, if the client is unable to go to church.


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An indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines on any Tuesday of the year by visiting a Franciscan church.

(Pope Benedict XIV, May 7, 1751.)