Since this Saturday, June 13, was technically the feast of St. Anthony of Padua in the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar (the Immaculate Heart of Mary fell on this Saturday as well), I found it quite fitting to share with you the Marian Prayer of St. Anthony of Padua. Often he is the saint that is associated with the intercessory prayer of “finding lost things”, however, St. Anthony of Padua is so much more. He is one of the greatest Franciscan minds, a Doctor of the Church, and a powerhouse evangelist, so much so that he is known as the Evangelical Doctor.
Like so many of the saints before and after him, St. Anthony of Padua had a great love, devotion, and prayer life that was associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary. As you will see in the months ahead, and in previous posts on this blog already, many of the great saints had written their own prayers specifically directed towards the Blessed Mother. They knew how important her role was in Salvation History, which continues through the Catholic Church to this day.
As I often do in many of my posts, I have given links to other blog posts that will lead you to understand theological ideas in this prayer by St. Anthony of Padua. It’s my hope that you will not only read this post, but also read the links as well in order to give yourself a better understanding of Marian theology as a whole.
The title of this prayer is – Mary, Our Queen:
Mary, our Queen, Holy Mother of God, we beg you to hear our prayer. Make our hearts overflow with divine grace and resplendent with heavenly wisdom. Render them strong with your might and rich in virtue. Pour down upon us the gift of mercy so that we may obtain the pardon of our sins. Help us to live in such a way as to merit the glory and bliss of heaven. May this be granted us by your Son Jesus who has exalted you above the angels, has crowned you as Queen, and has seated you with him forever on his refulgent throne. Amen.
As always, feel free to share with this blog with your family and friends in the hopes that they may come to have a more complete understanding of Our Lord Jesus Christ through His Virgin Mother, Our Queen of Mercy.
Categories: Mariology, Saints & Angels
That is a very nice prayer. The Saints, like St. Anthony, were very important during the time in which they lived. What a loss for those who think prayers to Mary and the Saints has no meaning. I find that reflecting on the lives of the Saints is a great spiritual gift that gives back to us and continues the legacy of the Saints in our lives today.
J. Daly A.M.D.G
I live in Lisbon, Portugal. St. Anthony Day ( the Sardine Festival ) is Lisbon’s biggest public celebration with parades. dancing in the streets and banks shut for the day. It is sort of the Portuguese Valentine’s Day too. The church over the spot of his birth is directly in front of the cathedral. One can kneel on the very spot JPII knelt when he visited the spot during his trip to Portugal. After Our Lady of Fatima, St. Anthony’s image in pictures and statues is the most visible in all of Portugal. The Portuguese chuckle about the world thinking he was from Padua.