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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Chaplet of St. Anthony - variations

Variation #1:

Same as original, but with the following meditations.
1.  St. Anthony, who raised the dead, pray for those Christians now in their agony, and for our dear departed.
2.  St. Anthony, zealous preacher of the Gospel, fortify us against the errors of the enemies of God, and pray for the Pope and the Church.
3.  St. Anthony, powerful with the Heart of Jesus, preserve us from the calamities which threaten us on account of our sins.
4.  St. Anthony, who drives away devils, make us triumph over their snares.
5.  St. Anthony, lily of heavenly purity, purify us from the stains of the soul and preserve our bodies from all dangers.
6.  St. Anthony, healer of the sick, cure our diseases and preserve us in health.
7.  St. Anthony, guide of travelers, bring to safe harbour those who are in danger of perishing, and calm the troubled waves of passion which agitate our souls.
8.  St. Anthony, liberator of captives, deliver us from the captivity of evil.
9.  St. Anthony, who restores to young and old the use of their limbs, obtain for us the perfect use of the senses of our body and the faculties of our soul.
10. St. Anthony, finder of lost things, help us to find all that we lost in the spiritual and temporal order.
11. St. Anthony, protected by Mary, avert the dangers which threaten our body and our soul.
12. St. Anthony, helper of the poor, help us in our needs and give bread and work to those who ask.
13. St. Anthony, we thankfully proclaim thy miraculous power, and we beseech thee to protect us all the days of our life.

Variation #2:

On the first bead of each decade:
Our Father
On the second:
Hail Mary
On the third:
Glory be 
Conclude with:
If miracles thou vain would see; Lo, error, death, calamity. 
The leprous stain, the demon flies,
The hungry seas forgo their prey, The prisoner's cruel chains give way;
While palsied limbs and chattels lost Both young and old recovered boast.
And perils perish, plenty's hoard, Is heaped on hunger's famished board
Let those relate who know it well, Let Padua of her patron tell.
The hungry seas forgo their prey,
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The hungry seas forgo their prey,
V. Pray for us, blessed Anthony,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us Pray:
O God, let the votive commemoration of Blessed Anthony, Thy confessor, be a source of joy in Thy Church, that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance, and may deserve to possess eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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