ST JULIANA OF FALCONIERI, VIRGIN – MEMORIAL: JUNE 19
Juliana,of the noble Falconieri family, was heard to say the most sweet names of Jesus and Mary spontaneously from the cradle, among the cries from her infant lips.
SHE SOLEMNLY VOWED HER VIRGINITY TO GOD
When she had not yet finished her fifteenth year, giving up early nuptials and her inheritance, although it was a rich one, she solemnly vowed her virginity to God in the presence of St Philip Benizi; and from whom she was the first of all to take the religious habit of the nuns called the Mantellates. When her example was followed by a great number of noble women and her own mother put herself under her daughter’s religious instruction, Juliana did then found the order of the Mantellates.
SHE EXCELLED IN A WONDERFUL HUMILITY
She excelled in a wonderful humility, constant prayer and extraordinary abstinence. When, because of ill health, she could in no way take and retain food, and on that account was kept from the Eucharistic table, she begged the priest to bring her the Divine Bread which she could not take into mouth and, at least, to put it on her heart. When the priest had done this, at that moment the Divine Bread disappeared and Juliana breathed her last with a smiling countenance [in 1341].
O God, who miraculously fortified blessed Juliana, your Virgin, in her last illness with the precious body of your Son, Grant, we beseech you, that with her merits pleading for us, we also, refreshed and strengthened by the same sacrament in our dying agony, may be brought to our heavenly home. Through the same…
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold headings added]