Five relic chaplets
Mary Ellen and Steve were supposed to accompany us to Stella Maris for Mass on the twenty-first, so I beaded her relic chaplet first. Two days later, Olivia was having surgery, so I had hers ready by then. The ones for Junebug, Neli-Beli, and the Lovely Ning waited until January twenty-ninth.
Since Steven wasn’t scheduled to serve at our church, we attended Mass at St. Paul’s, met up with the gang afterwards, and celebrated over lunch.
I was able to present each chaplet personally, but I gave Neli’s to Ning, since we thought she hadn’t yet returned from visiting her family in the Philippines. Then off we went to Alice and Roger’s house for the pilgrim rosary that afternoon.
Imagine my surprise at seeing Neli looking more radiant than ever as I entered Alice’s house!
Before I even had the chance to say anything about her chaplet, Neli-Beli with her Mona Lisa smile handed me a blue tote.
Reaching into the bag, I found the novena booklet from her recent trip.
Right away I knew that I’d be adding some of the prayers to this post.
St. Anthony chaplets
Unlike my Franciscan Crowns, which are all different from each other, these St. Anthony relic chaplets are not only very much alike, but also almost identical to the prototype.
Accompanying each relic chaplet was the card that Steven printed for me. The prayers are from my “Si quaeris miracula” post; the photos, those taken of the statue Steven bought for me at the Oblate gift shop right before Christmas.
Before study… O light of the world, infinite God, father of eternity, giver of wisdom and knowledge, and ineffable dispenser of every spiritual grace, who knows all things before they are made, who makes the darkness and the light, stretch forth your hand and place your spirit, O Lord, in my heart that I may understand and retain what I learn and meditate on. Do lovingly, mercifully, and gently inspire me with your grace. Do teach, guide, and strengthen the thoughts of my mind and let your discipline instruct me to the end and the council of the most high help me, through your infinite wisdom and mercy. Amen.
Grace of dying well… Great St. Anthony of Padua, sweet hope of all who implore you, [please help me obtain] by your powerful intercession the greatest of all blessings, the grace of dying well. Do not allow [that I should die in] mortal sin. By your intercession obtain for me that, at the last moment, I may experience the most profound sorrow for the sins of my whole life; that I may be [filled] with love for Jesus; [and that I may have] confidence in the power of his blood which was shed for me. May my hands’ last movements be to carry the crucifix to my lips; my last words, the names of Jesus and Mary. In [your embrace may I] have the happiness to see God, to love him, and to possess him with you for all eternity…. Amen.
Grace of God… O glorious St. Anthony, God has given you the power of miracles, a power you have exercised for centuries. Since God has given you… the power of finding that which is lost, I come to you with the confidence of a child…. By your intercession obtain for me… the grace of God, if I have had the misfortune to lose it. May I also find my former fervor in [both] the service of God and the practice of virtue. As a pledge of these graces so important for my eternal salvation, may I also find what I have lost [so that I can] experience… your goodness and increase my confidence and my love for you. Amen.
To the Infant Jesus… O sweet Jesus, best and only hope of afflicted souls, I prostrate at your feet and beseech you, through the immeasurable love and grace with which you visited, comforted, and embraced your blessed servant, St. Anthony, come to me at his intercession and let me taste how sweet your presence is in the souls that trust in you. Amen.
Zeal… Glorious St. Anthony, who by your sanctity and your eloquence triumphed over the hardest heart, obtain for us the grace to follow faithfully the divine call…. Amen.
To request a St. Anthony relic, contact Father Primo at Franciscan Mission Associates, P.O. Box 598, Mt. Vernon, NY 10551-0598.
Links of interest… Franciscan: prayers / requests / saints… Franciscan Mission Associates: contact / devotions / light a candle / prayer requests / quarterly newsletter… Messenger of St. Anthony & “writing reed” (Friar Mario)… Si quaeris miracula: prayer / song… St. Anthony: bread / hymn / life / nine Tuesdays devotion / relic / S.A.G. (miraculous mail deliveries) / shrine / tongue’s feast…
WP posts… Budding relationships… Franciscan experience… Holy relics… Making meaning… My Franciscan Crown… Prayer… Promise of hope… Saint of miracles… Si quaeris miracula… Soulful… St. Anthony… St. Felix… Tony’s big day… Two letters… Two prompt replies