Psalms, Chapter 74

(1) O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? (2) Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. (3) Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. (4) Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs. (5) A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees. (6) But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers. (7) They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground. (8) They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. (9) We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long. (10) O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever? (11) Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom. (12) For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. (13) Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. (14) Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness. (15) Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers. (16) The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. (17) Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. (18) Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name. (19) O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever. (20) Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. (21) O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name. (22) Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily. (23) Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.

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Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua

Good Saint Anthony, in God's providence you have secured for His people many marvelous favors. You have been especially celebrated, good Saint Anthony, for your goodness to the poor and the hungry, for finding employment for those seeking it, for your special care of those who travel, and for keeping safe from harm all who must be away from home. You are widely known also, good Saint Anthony, for securing peace in the family, for your delicate mercy in finding lost things, for safe delivery of messages, and for your concern for women in childbirth. In honoring you, Saint Anthony, for the many graces our Lord grants through your favor, we trustfully and confidently ask your aid in our present need. Pray for us, good Saint Anthony, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. May it be a source of joy, O God, to your Church that we honor the memory of your Confessor and Doctor, Saint Anthony. May his spiritual help always make us strong, and by his assistance may we enjoy an eternal reward. This we ask through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

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