SAINT ANTHONY'S BRIEF
BASIC R.C. BELIEF
Published by The Anthonian Press, Temple St., Dublin, Ireland. Permissu
Ordinarii Dioec. Dublinen die 14 April 1964.
"Thousands...make a practice of wearing or carrying on their persons a
copy of the famous Brief of St. Anthony believing they ensure for
themselves his powerful protection against dangers to soul and body.
"A poor Portuguese woman resolved to put an end to her life. On her way
to the river, as she was passing a shrine of St. Anthony, she cast herself
on her knees for a moment to breathe, as she thought, a last prayer to the
saint. While kneeling there she fell asleep. On awakening she found herself
delivered from her terrible temptation, and hanging around her neck she
found the Brief or Letter of St. Anthony.
"When the women's story was spread, great curiosity was aroused. The
king had the brief brought to him and placed it in the royal archives where
it is still preserved with the crown jewels of Portugal. After parting with
it, the women felt weak again, so a copy was made by the king and given to
"The Brief consists of a Cross with the following words: `Ecce Crucem
Domine. Fugite, partes adverasae, Vicit Leo de Tribu Juda, Radix David,
Alleluia." English translation: `Behold the Cross of the Lord. Flee ye
adversaries, the Lion of the Tribe of Juda, the Root of David has
"It is recommended that a short prayer be said to St. Anthony daily. The
following is recommended. `May he intercede for us, O Lord, Thy holy
Confessor Anthony, upon whom, adorned with heroic virtues, Thou didst
bestow the gift of miracles even unto working prodigious signs and wonders.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.'"
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