St Anthony de Padua Procession

St. Anthony Procession – Sao Antonio

The St. Anthony Procession is a very short procession held every year on the feastday of the
Saint along the streets and park adjacent to the St. Anthony Church.

Sao Antonio Macau Procession

The feastday of St Anthony, Doctor of the Church, falls on June 13 according to the Catholic
Year. The feastday/procession in the parish church is generally held on the Sunday of the

A series of activities are held before the procession. There are novenas, prayers, a solemn
Mass, confessions, etc. It is a major event in the Macau Church so the Bishop generally comes
to celebrate the Holy Mass.

Sao Antonio Macau Procession

The procession is a short walk. From the St Anthony Church, the procession goes around the
small fountain and rotunda and proceeds across the busy street toward Camoes

Sao Antonio Macau Procession

Then it
goes around the small square, passing by the main gate of the park and the entrances to the
Casa Garden and the Protestant
. Then the procession goes back, crosses the
busy street again, and finally re-enters the church grounds.

The image is brought back inside
the church and placed in the side chapel of Christ the King.

Sao Antonio Macau Procession
St Anthony of Padua or St Anthony of Lisbon, O.F.M., (born Fernando Martins de Bulhões; 15 August 1195
– 13 June 1231) was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order.

Though he died
in Padua, he was born and raised in a wealthy family in Lisbon.

Noted by his contemporaries for his
forceful preaching and expert knowledge of scripture, he was declared a saint almost immediately after
his death and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 January 1946.

Sao Antonio Macau Procession

The Bishop of Macau is flanked by several priests, members of the brotherhood, and many local parishioners
who joined the celebrations.

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A confraternity or brotherhood is in-charge of carrying the image around the small park. They wear
franciscan color brown because St Anthony was a friar of the Franciscan Order who built the San Francisco
barracks in Macau.

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Beginning from the St Anthony Church sanctuary, the image is brought out preceeded by flower girls,
young boys and girls, the brotherhood, etc.

Sao Antonio Macau Procession The
parade or procession is the covetted occassion for the mothers to show of their beautiful girls all
dress up in white.

The girls throw flowers all along the route.

St Anthony is venerated all over the world as the Patron Saint for lost articles,
and is credited with many miracles involving lost people, lost things and even lost spiritual goods.

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Saint Anthony is known in Portugal, Spain, and Brazil as a marriage saint, because there are legends
of him reconciling couples.

His feast day, 13 June, is Lisbon’s municipal holiday, celebrated with
parades and marriages.

(The previous day, 12 June, is the Brazilian Valentine’s Day.) He is one of
the saints celebrated in the Brazilian Festa Junina (also known as the “São João”), along
with John the Baptist and Saint Peter.

Sao Antonio Macau ProcessionAs the number of Franciscan saints increased the iconography struggled to distinguish Anthony from
the others. Because of a legend that he had once preached to the fish, these were sometimes used as
his attribute. He is also often seen with a lily stalk (see image).

Other conventions referred to St. Anthony’s visionary fervor. Thus, one attribute in use for some
time was a flaming heart.

Another key pattern has him meditating on an open book in which the Christ Child himself appears,
as in the El Greco below. Over time the child came to be shown considerably larger than the book,
and some images even do without the book entirely.

The Saint is popular in the city and his images can be seen in several Macau
and sites.


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