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Archive for June, 2009
On Saturday morning at 10:00am, the Mass for the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua was celebrated. Following Mass, bread and lillies were blessed in his honor, and brought to the homebound.
A little explanation of the Blessing of Lilies in St. Anthony’s Honor: On the feast (June 13th) of this most wonderful of Saints, your priest might bless lilies for you to keep. The blessing of lilies, which remind us of St. Anthony’s purity and have always been a symbol for him, stems from a miracle which took place in Revolutionary France: many priests and religious were murdered, so many churches and convents destroyed, but the faithful still showed up at a surviving church on the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua. Months later, it was discovered that lilies that had adorned the church at that feast were still fresh. Let the blest lily remind you of St. Anthony’s protection, especially for the sick and homebound. Only the lily flower or blossom is blessed [the stem and leaves can be discarded], so after the lily has lost its freshness, you can carry the blossom with you (in your purse or wallet), or press it in a prayer book or Bible, etc.
The following is the prayer from the Roman Ritual used to bless the Lilies in honor of St. Anthony of Padua: Let us pray. God, the Creator and Preserver of the human race, the Lover of holy purity, the Giver of supernatural grace, and the Dispenser of everlasting salvation; bless + these lilies which we, Thy humble servants, present to Thee today as an act of thanksgiving and in honor of St. Anthony, Thy confessor, and with a request for Thy blessing. Pour out on them, by the saving sign + of the holy cross, Thy dew from on high. Thou in Thy great kindness hast given them to man, and endowed them with a sweet fragrance to lighten the burden of the sick. Therefore, let them be filled with such power that, whether they are used by the sick, or kept in homes or other places, or devoutly carried on one’s person, they may serve to drive out evil spirits, safeguard holy chastity, and turn away illness–all this through the prayers of St. Anthony–and finally impart to Thy servants grace and peace; through Christ our Lord.
St. Anthony of Padua was declared a Doctor of the Church primarily of his preaching. Here is a sample from his homily for Holy Thursday:
The universal Church commemorates what Christ had done in preparing a splendid and sumptuous feast on Mount Zion; He gave His own true Body, rich in spiritual power, filled with a twofold charity, internal and external, and commanded that it be given to all those who believe in Him. We firmly believe and profess that the Body the Lord gave to His apostles and that the Church daily offers to the faithful is the same Body born of the Virgin Mary; the same Body that hung on the Cross and thereafter lay in the tomb; the same Body that rose again on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven.
Some prayers, asking his heavenly intercession: O good Saint Anthony, Lover of the Eucharist, teach me to kneel with you before the Sacramental Mystery of the Lamb on the Altar: Real Presence, Priestly Sacrifice, Holy Banquet. Amen.
O St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, thy love for God and Charity for His creatures made thee worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore thee to obtain for me the graces I need from our Savior, Jesus Christ. 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 didst love to be held in thine arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be thine. Amen.