The Miraculous Responsory of Saint Anthony is a revered devotional practice within the Catholic Church, intimately tied to the veneration of Saint Anthony of Padua, a beloved Franciscan friar and Doctor of the Church. A responsory, in the Catholic liturgical tradition, is a type of chant or hymn that involves a call-and-response structure, where one part of the congregation responds to another.
In the case of the Miraculous Responsory of Saint Anthony, it holds a special place in the hearts of believers who turn to the saint for assistance in finding lost items or for the resolution of seemingly insurmountable problems. The tradition holds that those who earnestly pray the Miraculous Responsory with faith and devotion are often granted miraculous intercessions and solutions.
The responsory encapsulates a supplication to Saint Anthony, invoking his aid and seeking divine intervention. It is a powerful expression of faith and trust in the saint’s ability to intercede on behalf of the faithful. The melody and rhythm of the responsory create a solemn atmosphere, enhancing the spiritual experience for those engaged in this act of devotion.
As believers participate in the call-and-response nature of the Miraculous Responsory, they connect with the rich tapestry of Catholic tradition and the communion of saints. It serves not only as a means of seeking Saint Anthony’s intercession but also as a profound expression of faith in the divine assistance that is believed to follow.
In churches and homes around the world, the Miraculous Responsory of Saint Anthony stands as a timeless testament to the enduring power of prayer, the beauty of tradition, and the hope that, through the grace of saints, challenges can be overcome and lost things can be found.
The Miraculous Responsory of Saint Anthony of Padua
The Miraculous Responsory of Saint Anthony If then you ask for miracles, Death, error, all calamities, The leprosy and demons fly, And health succeeds infirmities. R/. R/. The sea obeys, and fetters break, And lifeless limbs thou dost restore, Whilst treasures lost are found again, When young and old thine aid implore. 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." R/. To Father, Son, may glory be, And Holy Ghost eternally. R/. V/ Pray for us, St. Anthony, R/ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. May the votive solemnity of blessed Anthony, Thy Confessor and Doctor, O God, give joy to Thy Church: that she may ever be defended by spiritual aid and become worthy of everlasting joys. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity if the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.