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  • Writer's pictureFr. Scott Haynes

Miraculous Responsory in Honor of St. Anthony

It is believed that this prayer in honor of St. Anthony was written by St. Bonaventure. Known as "Si quaeris," it is sung in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua every Tuesday throughout the world.

If then you ask for miracles,

death, error, all calamities,

leprosy and demons fly,

and health succeeds infirmities.

The sea obeys and fetters break,

and lifeless limbs you do restore;

while treasures lost are found again,

men young and old your aid implore.

All dangers vanish at your prayer,

and direst need does quickly flee;

Let those who know your power proclaim,

Let Paduans say: these are yours.

To Father, Son may glory be

And Holy Spirit, eternally.

V. Pray for us, St. Anthony.

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

V. Let us pray. 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 (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.

R. Amen.


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