Saint Anthony of Padua, preacher and doctor of the Church, celebrated in Jerusalem

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Saint Anthony of Padua, preacher and doctor of the Church, celebrated in Jerusalem

By Vinciane Joly/ lpj.org

Saint Anthony of Padua, preacher and Doctor of the Church, is a very popular saint throughout the world, subject of many devotions by the miracles performed during his priesthood and the healings attributed to him after his death.

Saint Anthony of Padua is celebrated by the Franciscan community of the Holy Land. Indeed, a former Franciscan friar, he is the patron saint of the Custody and revered, in this respect, in a particular way. He embodies a model of holiness in the consecrated life and is prized for his humility and faithfulness to God. Indeed, a special relationship is woven between the Franciscans of the Holy Land and the figure of St. Anthony for a long time. Driven from Palestine during the Anglo-Turkish conflict in 1917 and imprisoned, they were pardoned after three days of prayers, imploring St. Anthony to intercede on their behalf. Also in 1920, Pope Benedict XV proclaimed publicly the protection of the saint for the mission of the Franciscans, guardians of the holy places.

Saint Anthony is also venerated by the faithful, especially with the custom of the consecration of children dressed in the Franciscan habit, which symbolizes him.

A solemn Mass in his honor, presided over by Father Francesco Patton, Custos of the Holy Land, took place on June 13 in the parish of Saint Savior, in the heart of the old city of Jerusalem, bringing together representatives of the different communities, including those of the Greek Orthodox, Lutheran and Armenian Churches. Also present were Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem and Palestine, Father Ibrahim Shomali, Chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Franciscan friars. Civil authorities also attended the ceremony, among them the consuls of France and Spain and a representative of the Italian consulate.

It is in front of this public that the Custos evoked the evangelical radicalism and the giving of oneself to which we call the figure of Saint Anthony of Padua, who led a life of service and prayer. He invited us to follow his quest, “to identify more and more with the mystery of the humility of Jesus Christ, to follow him and to love him in the most authentic and radical way.”

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:30
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