ROGATIONISTS OF THE HEART OF JESUS

St. Matthew Province

(Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Vietnam)

The Devotion of the Bread of St. Anthony

The Devotion of the Bread of St. Anthony

In the summer of 1887, a deadly disease plagued the city of Messina in Southern Italy. A lot of people fled the city while others opted to remain praying for deliverance. Among those who remained was a widow named Susana Consiglio Miceli. She too prayed for deliverance from the deadly cholera. Having a special devotion to St. Anthony of Padua, she pleaded to the great saint to intercede for her and her whole family to be spared from sickness while promising to give bread to the children of the nearby orphanage run by a saintly priest called Fr. Hannibal Maria Di Francia.
The Great Miracle worker of Padua heard her pleas and granted her request. Her whole family was spared from sickness and they all survived the epidemic in perfect health. Grateful to St. Anthony’s intercession, she anonymously sent 60 Liras (around A$ 0.017 today) to the orphanage of Fr. Hannibal with instructions to buy bread for the orphans. This was repeated on several occasions until she finally revealed herself to the Padre and recounted her story.
Fr. Hannibal took the story as a sign from heaven that St. Anthony had decided to care for the poor children of the orphanage by granting people’s prayers in favor of helping the poor kids. From this, the devotion to the Bread of St. Anthony of Padua was born. From that time on, the institutes of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus and Daughters of Divine Zeal were named after St. Anthony in gratitude for the Saint’s powerful intercession to the patrons of the orphanage. In Cavite and Davao, Philippines, St. Anthony’s Boys Village is a living extension of this tradition and a concrete sign of St. Anthony’s benevolence.

To St. Anthony of Padua for those who recommend themselves to our prayers

1. O glorious St. Anthony of Padua, you pleased the Most High God so much by your singular virtues that he endowed you with special gifts and gave you the great power in this life to obtain from his infinite goodness every kind of grace and favor for those who have recourse to your efficacious prayers. Please listen to the petitions that we humbly present to you for these people who await graces from you and recommend themselves to our miserable prayers.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be
2. O glorious St. Anthony of Padua, full of the love of God and of your neighbor, you had a heart so generous that you welcomed all those who presented themselves to you, that you comforted all those who were afflicted, that you provided for all in need. Please look benevolently at the difficulties and the afflictions of these people, who with great confidence, await the grace they so desire from you. Console their hearts with the greater good of their souls.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be
3. O glorious St. Anthony of Padua, through your superhuman holiness, God has enriched you with the great gift of miracles, which you worked in great abundance, giving health to the sick, sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the mute, restoring limbs to those who had lost them, and even life to the dead, for which the Holy Church counts you among the most sublime miracle workers. Please, work new wonders for these afflicted persons who are waiting with great anxiety for your graces and miracles.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be
St. Anthony, pray for us,
– that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
PRAYER
Almighty ever-living God, you gave St. Anthony of Padua to your people, as a true model of Gospel laborer, an outstanding preacher, and a patron of the poor and the suffering; grant that, with his assistance, as we follow the teachings of the Christian life, we may know your help in every trial. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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