Catholic Saints

Saint Anthony of Padua

  • Short, concise biography of Anthony of Padua
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Anthony of Padua
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Anthony of Padua
  • What is Saint Anthony of Padua the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Anthony of Padua is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Anthony of Padua
What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest. There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Anthony of Padua
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Miracles, Lost Things and Missing Persons
  • Born in 1195: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: June 30th
  • Date of Death: Saint Anthony of Padua died in 1231
  • Cause of Death: Natural causes

Who or what is Saint Anthony of Padua the patron saint of?
Saint Anthony of Padua is the patron of Lost Things and Missing Persons. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua

The Story and History of Anthony of Padua
The story and history of Anthony of Padua. Anthony came from a noble and wealthy family but he rejected wealth and status for the sake of Christ and he became a poor Franciscan. St. Anthony of Padua  was famous for his deep religious fervour. He is said to have preached to the fishes in preference to some obstinate unbelievers upon whom he could not make any impression, which incident will generally be found illustrated in churches dedicated to his honour. It has always been usual among the citizens of Padua to speak of St. Anthony as ii Santo, the Saint, without adding any other name. This is because when he died the Franciscans were so fearful of the citizens laying claim to his body in order to bury it in their church, that they endeavoured to keep his death a secret; but we are told that the very children of the city, "being divinely instigated thereto, ran about the streets crying with a loud voice, Il Santo morto! Il Santo morto!"

Death of Saint Anthony of Padua
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Anthony of Padua died in 1231. Cause of Death: natural causes. 

Why is Saint Anthony of Padua the patron of Lost Things and Missing Persons?
Why is Saint Anthony of Padua is the patron of Lost Things and Missing Persons? St. Anthony was a great and fluid speaker. The reason he spoke so well was that he could recall everything he ever read due to his photographic memory. A popular invocation to Saint Anthony is as follows:

St. Anthony, St. Anthony
Please come down
Something is lost
And cannot be found

Prayer to Saint Anthony - Lost Articles
Prayer to Saint Anthony

How Saint Anthony of Padua is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Anthony of Padua in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Anthony of Padua is represented in Christian Art in the habit of a Franciscan friar, and with a flame of fire in his hand or breast, symbolical of his deep religious fervour.

Feast Day of Saint Anthony of Padua
The Feast Day of Saint Anthony of Padua is June 30th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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