Contents Si quaeris miracula
If Thou Seekest Miracles

This sequence was once very popular devotion to St Anthony as a wonder-worker. The devotion touches on some of the events in the life of St Anthony and some of the more famous miracles attributed to him. The text is sometimes attributed to the Seraphic Doctor, St Bonaventure (1218-1274). However, it has never been included in the collections of his canonical works. It is entirely possible, however, that he promoted it extensively in his life time. The piece is believed to have been composed sometime between the years 1232 and 1240, and there is strong evidence that it was composed by Friar Julian of Speyer.

Si quaeris miracula,
Mors, error calamitas,
Daemon, lepra fugiunt,
Aegri surgunt sani.
If, then, thou seekest miracles,
Death, error, all calamities,
The leprosy and demons flee,
The sick, by him made whole, arise.
Ant: Cedunt mare, vincula:
Membra resque, perditas
Petunt et accipiunt
Iuvenes et cani.
Ant: The sea withdraws and fetters break,
And withered limbs he doth restore,
While treasures lost are found again,
When young or old his help implore.
Pereunt pericula,
Cessat et necessitas:
Narrent hi, qui sentiunt,
Dicant Paduani.
All dangers vanish from our path,
Our direst needs do quickly flee:
Let those who know repeat the theme:
Let Paduans praise St. Anthony.
Ant: Cedunt mare, vincula... Ant: The sea withdraws...
Gloria Patri et Filio
et Spiritui Sancto.
To the Father, Son let glory be,
And Holy Ghost eternally.
Ant: Cedunt mare, vincula... Ant: The sea withdraws...
V. Ora pro nobis, beate Antoni,
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
V. Pray for us, O blessed Anthony,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Ecclesiam tuam, Deus, beati Antonii Confessoris tui commemoratio votiva laetificet, ut spiritualibus semper muniatur auxiliis et gaudiis perfrui mereatur aeternis. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Let us pray:
Let Thy Church, O God, be gladdened by the solemn commemoration of blessed Anthony Thy Confessor: that she may be evermore defended by Thy spiritual assistance and merit to possess everlasting joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

From the Raccolta #531. (S. C. Ind., Jan. 25, 1866; S. P. Ap., Jan. 30, 1936)

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