Wednesday, June 25, 2014

HWP: St. Juliana Falconieri

Last week we celebrated the feast of St. Juliana Falconieri in the Extraordinary Form Calendar. St. Juliana had a great love for Our Lord, especially in the Most Blessed Sacrament. On her deathbed she asked that they bring a corporal and Eucharistic Host to place upon her chest. They heard her request and when it was done, the Host miraculously disappeared and she died in peace. She was proclaimed a saint of the Church shortly thereafter and has been honored for nearly 700 years now. Our Half-Way Prayer of the week is...
A Prayer to St. Juliana Falconieri 
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. Amen.