Why Tuesdays?

God called St. Anthony to eternal life on June 13, 1231. The Saint had wanted to be laid to rest at home in Padua. But when the news spread of his death, disputes arose over the possession of the remains of this extraordinarily popular Franciscan, just as had happened with Francis himself. The following Tuesday, Anthony's remains were finally borne in a triumphal funeral procession to the friars' church in Padua. The day saw a marvelous manifestation of favors, granted to all who called on the Saint for his intercession. As a result, Tuesday became particularly associated with St. Anthony. Down through the centuries, pilgrims to his tomb have gathered there on Tuesdays to pray for their needs.