ST. ANTHONY DE PADUA: Pilgrimage to Our Beloved Patron Saint in Padova, Italy (A Pilgrim's Photo Essay)
ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA (or PADOVA in Italian) is a Miracle Worker, the Hammer of Heretics, and more popularly known as the Patron Saint of Finding Things & Lost People.
He is my patron saint, and my mother always prayed to him for guidance and protection when I was growing up. Also, a lot of businessmen in Manila have St. Anthony as their patron saint because he often intercedes and blesses their businesses to be successful.
I finally had the chance of a lifetime to go on a pilgrimage to St. Anthony Basilica early this year in Padova, Italy. This is where his blessed body lies after his death on June 13, 1231. We celebrate the feast day of St. Anthony on June 13 to commemorate his blessedness.
Here is the photo essay of our Pilgrimage to St. Anthony de Padua Basilica to kick off the Northern Italy series in OAP:
7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy Series:
8:30 AM: BREAKFAST
It took a while to get used to the cold Italian breakfast buffet with no rice options. The cappuccino, though, was great for breakfast.
It took about 30-45 mins to reach St. Anthony Basilica.
10:30 AM: PRATO DELLA VALLE
It is surrounded by two rings of statues (78 in total) of Popes and prominent people of Padova.
She gets our vote as the best cultural and heritage guide throughout our Northern Italy Trip!
11:00 AM: ST. ANTHONY BASILICA
Here are scanned pages from the St. Anthony's Basilica Guide to the Basilica book featuring my favorite places inside the church:
The Chapel of the Saint is the most beautiful and spiritual center of the Basilica, which houses the Altar and Tomb of St. Anthony.
Many people solemnly pray here, touching the Saint's tomb, asking for his intercession. You can sense the different vibe and power in this section.
There's a prayer wall with petitions to find missing persons and other lost articles.
12:00PM: AROUND PADOVA CITY CENTER
1:00 PM: LUNCH: ISOLA DI CAPRERA
3.00PM: ENGLISH MASS @ ST. ANTHONY BASILICA
(Tip: Make sure to schedule your own private English mass when you visit St. Anthony Basilica.
Call +39 049-824 2890 or via the office +39 049 822 5652.)
4:30 PM: BASILICA DI ST. GIUSTINA
St. Anthony of Padua Prayer
Almighty God, merciful Father. You have chosen St. Anthony as an outstanding preacher of the Gospel and messenger of peace.
Through his intercession, hear our prayers. Sanctify every family, help its members to grow in faith and strengthen the bonds of unity, peace and serenity.
Bless the children and protect the young. Sustain us in all our daily labours with your unending love.
Bless the readers of Our Awesome Planet, so that they live a truly awesome life with their family and friends each day. Please protect them from evil and keep them safe when they travel.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PPFMC Messaggero di S.Antonio Editrice
Via Orto Botanico 11 - 35123 Padova - Italy
Telephone: +39 049 822 5652
Read this --> Pilgrim Reception at the Basilica
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Full Disclosure: The 7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy is in partnership with Villa Del Conte Chocolates and Thai Airways. I wrote this blog post myself, and it expresses my own opinions. We only blog about our awesome food and travel experiences.
P.S. Happy Fiesta to all the St. Anthony Parishes here in the Philippines!