Juliana Falconieri was born of wealthy Florentine family in 1270. When she was very young her father died, and thus she was raised by mother and an uncle named Alexis who was one of the founders of the Servites. At the age of fifteen Juliana refused her family's plan for marriage. She became a Servite Tertiary a year later, although she continued to live at home until 1304 when her mother died. Immediately thereafter Juliana gathered together a group of women dedicated to prayer and good works. Later she drew up a rule of life and was appointed superioress of the group. Since her rule was approved by Pope Martin V one hundred and twenty years later, she is considered to be the foundress of the Servite nuns. She died in 1341 at the age of seventy-one and was canonized by Pope Clement XII in 1737.
Prayer to St. Juliana
O faithful Spouse of Jesus Christ and most humble Servant of the Sorrowful Virgin, glorious S. Juliana, when nearing the term of a life all spent in the practice of the most heroic virtues, you felt but the one grief of being prevented by sickness from receiving in viaticum your Beloved; but this grief proved to be so pleasing to your heavenly Spouse Jesus that He deigned Himself to reward it by an extraordinary prodigy, when, behold, at your supplications, the Divine Sacrament having been placed on your virginal breast, it instantly penetrated the same, leaving the image of the Crucified visibly impressed thereon, whilst your soul, with a sweet smile, expired in His sacred embrace. O great Saint, and my special Patroness, obtain for us from God, we pray, the grace to live a holy life like to yours, that we may die a like holy death; and in particular that, prepared for this last voyage, provided with the Holy Sacrament, and strengthened with God's grace, I may deserve a holy demise and escape eternal death.