The “Unfailing Prayer to St Anthony” is a prayer requesting the assistance of Saint Anthony of Padua in finding lost items.
It is one of today’s most popular prayers, and has been used by Catholics around the world for centuries.
It is typically used to find lost items, such as keys or other small objects that have been misplaced.
There are many versions of this prayer, but all of them ask for help from St. Anthony to find the object that one is praying for, be it a person’s soul or just an item that someone wants back.
Using the Unfailing Prayer to St Anthony in practice
This prayer to St Anthony is a powerful one. Some people believe that when the prayer is said in the evening, you’ll stand a greater chance of successfully finding your lost item.
Others say that it is more effective if you pray while kneeling on holy ground near an object associated with St Anthony, which can be a statue or a picture of him.
The prayer itself
The actual prayer goes as follows (though feel free to adapt it to your own situation):
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints
O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me…
[Mention your request here].
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 loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.
Who was Saint Anthony?
Saint Anthony is widely known as the Patron Saint of lost things.
He was born in Lisbon, Portugal on August 15 in the year 1195. He died in Padua, Italy, on June 13, 1231.
He was a Catholic priest, and was also a friar of the Franciscan Order.
He is sometimes referred to as “Saint Anthony of Padua O.F.M.” whereby OFM stands for Order of Friars Minor.
He was known for his impassioned preaching style, his deep knowledge of scripture, and his devotion to the less fortunate.
He officially became a “Doctor of the Church” when Pope Pius XII decreed that on January 16, 1946.