A lily on Saint Anthony’s Tomb

Blessed are the pure in heart

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For centuries pilgrims have been bringing a very special flower to the tomb of Saint Anthony here in Padua, and during his pontificate Leo XIII first granted permission for this flower, the lily, to be blessed in honour of the Saint. This is because the lily flowers in June – the month of Saint Anthony’s Feast Day – and it represents the purity of prayer and holy thought.