THE SEVEN HOLY FOUNDERS OF THE ORDER OF SERVITES; MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 17
Seven laymen of the city of Florence, in the mid-thirteenth century, renounced the world and lived as hermits on Monte Senario, about 12 miles from Florence. They had a particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary; they spent themselves in the care of others and eventually in preaching throughout Tuscany. The Order of Servites was founded from those who came to follow them, and was recognised by the Holy See in 1304.
fill us with the love
which inspired the seven holy brothers
to honour the Mother of God with special devotion
and to lead your people to you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.