Thursday, February 10, 2011

Let St. Anthony Find Your True Love (A Valentine Day Ritual from Mexico)




On Tuesday, arriving in Morelia, Mexico on Day One of the Monarch Butterflies and Michoacån Cuisine tour, I didn’t see a single butterfly but did learn about a place that may be more efficient than E-Harmony and Match.com in helping single ladies find the man of their dreams.

It was San Miguelito, the restaurant in Morelia where we ate the first night.  It calls itself a “Restaurante, Bazar, Galeria, & Museo” and they’re not kidding. 

 In addition to scrumptious Mexican food, they sell Day of the Dead figures, Botero-like fat little angels, a wooden chair that is also a skeleton, and aprons imprinted with Guadalupe.

 But the main draw is the back room, which, in addition to dining tables and chairs, holds more than 700 images of St. Anthony of Padua all UPSIDE DOWN.

For over twenty years, according to proprietor Cynthia Martinez, single women have been thronging to this room to beg St. Anthony to intercede for them and send their destined mate to their side.



 There are bulletin boards filled with photos and thanks from satisfied customers who have finally met their soul mate.

Here is what you have to do:  take 13 coins of the same  denomination from two bags hanging nearby.  Line up 13  coins on the base of the main St Anthony statue.  Walk around the statue 13 times.  Pray to St. Anthony.  (Suggested prayer below.  The restaurant also provides a Spanish-language version.)

There is a three-hole notebook below the statue on which you can write your specific request.  One woman covered 21 pages detailing her requirements in a mate.

Nearby is a shelf holding some of the dozens of notebooks  which have been filled in the past two decades with single women’s requests.

Back in the U.S. I had heard that people wanting to sell their homes would bury a statue of St Anthony in the front year, upside down of course, to speed up the sale. (A new friend, Christina, tells me that that’s actually St. Joseph.)

I think the point of the St. Anthony ritual is that, when your wish is fulfilled, you will release the saint and turn him back over.  But the St. Anthonys at San  Miguelito restaurant in Morelia have been standing upside-down for so long, while bringing couples together, that I  don’t think they have any hope of landing on their feet again.

Here is a poster on the restaurant’s wall advertising the Saint’s miraculous powers to lead you to love.
If you want to try this ritual at home:  get your own statue of St. Anthony and 13 identical coins and give it a try.  Here is a suggested prayer I found on the internet.  If you would like to have the Spanish-language prayer given out by San Miguelito Restaurant, write me at JoanPGage@yahoo.com.

Oh Wonderful St.Anthony, glorious on account of the fame of thy miracles, and through the condescension of Jesus in coming in the form of a little child to rest in thy arms, obtain for me of his bounty the grace which I ardently desire from the depths of my heart. Thou who was so loving towards miserable sinners, regard not the unworthiness of those who pray to thee, but the glory of God that it may be once again magnified by this request which I now make to you. Amen

9 comments:

CJ said...

Heard of praying to St. Anthony to find lost objects, but never to find a mate. Lol

Kay said...

I am always losing things so my prayer to St. Anthony is : "St. Anthony, come around, something lost can't be found". I have taught my 6 six year old granddaughter the prayer,
but I have never heard about the mate-finding property of the prayer. Will pass it on.

by Joan Gage said...

Readers, if you see an ad at the bottom of this page from "Christian Prayer Center" please be aware that this is an ad placed by Google and has nothing to do with St. Anthony or my blog and it will probably cost you money if you click on it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane , I was wondering if you happen to have the prayer in English version?

by Joan Gage said...

Dear Anonymous--The only English language prayer I have is the one quoted in my blog post, but if you send me your e-mail I'll send you a photograph I took of the Spanish version in the restaurant and maybe you can get someone to translate it for you. I'm trying to learn Spanish but I'm not that good yet!

amanit said...

hey sorry what do u mean by 13identical coins can u explain it for me please???

by Joan Gage said...

"13 identical coins means"--like 13 dimes or 13 quarters or 13 pennies or whatever.

Anonymous said...

The post says that women looking for a man had the ritual work. But what about vice versa man seeking woman. Are there any accounts you've heard on that? Tired of spending Valentines Day alone.

by Joan Gage said...

Dear Anonymous--I have heard from several men who wanted the Spanish version of the prayer. No reason why it shouldn't work equally well for men!