Dear God, open a door for my message, so that I may proclaim the mystery of Christ. I pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:3-4

R4C

R4C
Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You.
Psalm 19:14, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Novena to the Saint Anthony of Padua (9 day)

Pray novena for nine days, beginning on 4 June and ending on 12 June. The Feast of St. Anthony is on 13 June. Alternatively, begin on 5 June to end on 13 June, the feast day.

** (at the beginning of the novena, each of the nine days)

Opening Prayer 
Most lovable St. Anthony, we honour you as God's servant for your fidelity and perseverance in His service. May we always be assisted by your merits and intercession in following your example. Amen. 



Day 1 
V. O God, come to my assistance;
R. Make haste, Lord to help me.
St. Anthony, great wonder-worker, God has honoured you abundantly by granting many miracles through your intercession. In your goodness, kindly come to my aid now, and hear my request. Amen. 


Day 2
V. Hear me, O God, and have pity on me;
R. O Lord, be my helper.
Lovable St. Anthony, I come to you with complete confidence in your favour before God who heeds your pleas for those in need. Forget me not in your place of heavenly glory, and intercede for me. Amen. 


Day 3
V. Be not far from me, O Lord;
R. Awake, and be vigilant, O God, in my defence. Glorious St. Anthony, I acknowledge my weakness and my many sins against the Almighty. Despite my unworthiness, please assist me in my pressing necessity. In your kindness, plead my cause. Amen. 


Day 4
V. Make your ways known to me, O Lord;
R. Teach me your paths.
Zealous St. Anthony, help me now to appreciate God's purpose in my life, and be my powerful patron in granting my intention. You will, I am sure, beg God's mercy for me in my difficulties. Amen. 


Day 5 
V. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
R. Lord, hear my voice. Most chaste St. Anthony, by your love for Christ and His Church I implore your aid in my anxiety, and ask your prompt response. You show the power of God's saints by your ready aid to His people. Amen. 

Day 6

V. My help is in the name of the Lord;
R. Who made heaven and earth.
Most humble St. Anthony, your dedication to poverty has enriched the Church with countless favours and blessings. I beg your assistance in my behalf so I may be enriched by honouring your example. Amen. 

Day 7 

V. All that the Lord wills He does;
R. In heaven and on earth. O good St. Anthony, you comfort those like me who sorrow. Be with me as I give solace to others in imitation of you. Forget not my need in my difficulty, and entreat our God for me. Amen. 


Day 8
V.The Lord defends His people;
R. He is merciful to His servants.
Blessed St. Anthony, in your life you were a model of perfection who worked wonders for those afflicted. From your place in heaven, come now to my aid, and beg from God the answer to my petition. Amen. 

Day 9

V. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good;
R. His mercy endures forever.
Faithful St. Anthony, my heart overflows with gratitude. I know your power with God is great, and that you will obtain for me my heart's desire. Help me now, I beg you, to serve God as faithfully as you did. Amen.

** (in ending of the novena, each of the nine days)
V. St. Anthony whom the infant Jesus so much loved and honoured.

R. Grant us what we ask of you. 


Closing Prayer 
O God, may it always be a source of joy to your Church that we honour the memory of St. Anthony, your Confessor and Doctor. May his spiritual help make us strong, and his assistance help us gain an everlasting reward. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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