Very often the practice of Hoodoo relies on Saints and psalms to get the job done. St. Anthony often represents opportunity and success. In my post St. Anthony and Eleggua I write “Many associate Eleggua with St. Anthony who feast day is June 13th. Eleggua, also spelled Elegua, is the ashe of the crossroads. The sacred energy that occurs where two or more paths meet. ” At his core he is about seeking and finding. This comes from his connection to St. Anthony of Padua who is the patron saint of lost things, in addition to fishermen, Native Americans, the poor and much more. He helps return lost money, lost love, lost jobs, just about anything that has been lost. Many are familiar with the Catholic custom of bringing salt, oil, and bread to a new home. These are also great offerings to use for him at the start of any new undertaking. Images of this Saint frequently include white lilies, and these make a good offering for him too.
In New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo there is also a history involving Saint Anthony. Author Denise Alvarado writes “In New Orleans, it is said that Marie Laveaux always kept a statue of St. Anthony in her front yard and when she was “doing a work” she would turn the statue upside down. The upside down position of the statue of St. Anthony let people know she should not be disturbed at that point in time. When she was done with her work, she would turn him right side up again and availed herself to visitors.” The large Italian population in the city also holds him in high regard.
In addition to the offerings mentioned there are a few prayers that can be used in conjunction with a candle, or image to bring this saint into your life when needed.
St. Anthony Prayers
- St. Anthony above, St. Anthony below, St. Anthony, St. Anthony wherever I go.
- St. Anthony please I beseech you come down, there is something that’s lost that just can’t be found.
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