One year, the young man who had been appointed sacristan, neglected to remove the statue of St. Anthony at the conclusion of the feast. After a lapse of several months he went with a few helpers to the deserted chapel to complete his work. To their surprise and joy, they found the lilies fresh and white as on the day they had been place there, while the roses and other floral offering lay withered and dead.
A similar incident is recorded from 1680 in Austria. On the Saint's feast a fresh cut lily had been placed in the hands of his statue. For a whole year the flower remained as fresh and as white as the first day it was put there. The next year the same stem bore two lilies which filled the whole church with their fragrance. Permission to bless lilies in honour of St. Anthony was given by Pope Leo X111. Many miracles of healing have been attributed to St. Anthony's intercession after applying the blessed flower.