Wednesday, June 13, 2012

St. Anthony's Prayer Against Storms

The smell of November rain hitting the pavement gave me cheap thrills as a child.  It was the smell of a possible typhoon/hurricane leading to a possible day off from school.   My children get the same kick out of a drizzle pitter-pattering on the roof.  They squeal with delight, grab their boots and umbrellas and jump into puddles.  

This ritual began when my oldest was three years old and I found her in her shoes, socks, and rolled-up pants immersed in a muddle of puddle with the simple explanation that: “I’m just trying to walk on water like Jesus, Mama.”

It’s an altogether different scene though when raucous thunder and neon veins of lightning herald April showers and the NOAH radio alarm peels off to warn us of severe thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes because then my anxious children know to grab the Prayer Against Storms and to bunker down in the basement safe room.

The Prayer Against storms, ladies and gentlemen, right here, if you don’t already have it in your Pieta Prayer Book: (Make the sign of the cross on the + symbol)

Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace. + God became man, + and the Word was made flesh. + Christ was born of a  virgin. + Christ suffered. +  Christ was crucified. + Christ died. + Christ rose from the dead. + Christ ascended into Heaven. + Christ conquers. + Christ reigns. + Christ orders. + May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning.  + Christ went through their midst in Peace, + and the Word was made Flesh. + Christ is with us with Mary. + Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Juda, the Root of David, was won. + Holy God! + Holy Powerful God ! + Holy Immortal God! + Have mercy on us.  Amen!

This Prayer Against Storms can be traced to a little known legend about St. Anthony.   It is said that in the 13th century, a pilgrim priest visited a convent and church near Lisbon, Portugal which had been plagued by severely damaging annual storms.   The pilgrim priest wrote a prayer for the convent and left it with the gatekeeper before he disappeared without a trace.  The convents residents posted the prayer and were never harmed by any subsequent storms.  The same prayer was ordered published by Pope Innocent III, which has made its way to your regular Pieta Prayer Book.  In a private revelation, Our Lady supposedly revealed that the same priest is no other than St. Anthony.

St. Anthony of Padua to be precise, whose Feast Day we celebrate today and for whom half of the people in both sides of my mother’s family are named.   Obviously, we have an affinity for the Franciscan monk, better known as the patron of lost and found.

 For my part, my devotion to this miracle worker stems from gratitude that he always answers when I chant: “Tony, tony turn around something’s lost and must be found.”  Missing eyeglasses, library books, keys, cellphones and wandering toddlers mysteriously pop up just right before I have a heart attack.  Lately, I’m learning to invoke St. Anthony’s intercession when I’m losing my bearings against the ferocious storms of life.  May he obtain for me the grace to have a faith that can hold on to Jesus’ hand if He leads me to walk on water.


mary333 said...

This is my favorite prayer from the Pieta! It the power of those short, succinct sentences that get me every time. I've often said it when there are no storms whatsoever simply because I like it so much.

Now that series of prayer by St. Bridget on the other hand...gave up trying to do those many years ago!

I found your site through St. Blog's Parish. (In case you were wondering.) Your post on Medjugorje caught my attention.

AMBOTIK said...

That's a beautiful prayer... we are just going through some thunderstorms that are causing a lot of damage. Shared the prayer with my Teen Ministry Team. Stay blessed and may St. Anthony intercede for us and protect us.

GRANNY said...

Yes this prayer always works !! Praise you Jesus

terrterr said...

Amen. I have said this beautiful prayer so many times. I also say it even if it's not raining and I ask our Saviour to keep us safe from internal (mental) and physical storms as well.

We are expecting Irma in Florida and I will be saying this prayer. As a matter of fact, I came looking for it because I want to pray for all in Barbuda, the Islands and all in the path of the storm. May God's Grace and Protection be with us all.