A Novena to Saint Anthony to Find a Lost Article

A Prayer to the Patron Saint of Lost and Found

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Everybody loses or misplaces items from time to time. For Catholics, a prayer to St. Anthony of Padua is often said to help locate lost items.

St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon in 1195 and died in Padua in 1231 at the age of 35. His attributes include the book, bread, Infant Jesus, a lily, fish and a flaming heart. Known for his intense preaching, knowledge of scripture and devotion to the poor and sick, St.

Anthony was canonized and beatified in 1232. He is also considered the patron of lost souls, amputees, fishermen, shipwrecks and mariners among many other titles. 

Patron Saint of Lost Items

St. Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of lost items. He is invoked thousands—maybe even millions—of times daily to help people find things that they have misplaced. The reason St. Anthony is called upon for help in finding lost or stolen things can be traced back to an incident in his life.

As the story goes, St. Anthony possessed a book of psalms that had tremendous personal value. One of St. Anthony's novices stole the book and left. He prayed for it to be found. While on the road, the novice felt moved to return the book and to the Order. He did and was accepted. 

Novena to St. Anthony

This novena, or nine-day prayer, to St. Anthony to find a lost article also reminds believers that the most important goods are spiritual.

St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find [name the item] which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquility of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss.

To this favor, I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.