By Christina Hermoso
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will preside over a concelebrated high mass (misa mayor) at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the St. Anthony de Padua Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Saint Anthony (San Antonio) de Padua, a Doctor of the Church and the patron saint of the poor and of lost things.
Twelve masses will be celebrated at the church starting at 5:45 a.m. with the last mass scheduled at 8 p.m. A solemn procession will be held at 5 p.m. Novena masses were held from June 4 to 12.
Commemorative masses in honor of the popular saint will also be held in many parts of the country such as in Masbate City, where the “Pagdayao” Festival will be held. In Iriga City, devotees will celebrate the “Pintakasi” Festival. Festivities will also be held in Pila, Laguna; San Jose, Antique; Iba, Hagonoy, Bulacan; Calumpit, Bulacan; Inarawan, Antipolo City, Rizal; and in Sikatuna, Bohol.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal in the year 1195, St. Anthony first joined the Augustinian Order before joining the Franciscan Order in 1221. He gave up his wealth to be a servant of God. Many miracles were reported during his time including the apparition of the Infant Jesus. He died in 1231 in Padua, Italy and was canonized by Pope Gregory IX in 1232. He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1946. To this day, St. Anthony is often invoked for the recovery of lost things. His image is portrayed carrying the Infant Jesus in memory of the apparition.