The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of the Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Servites

Feb. 12. The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of the Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Confessors: These holy men, canonized by Pope Leo XIII, were Florentine merchants, who lived in the Thirteenth Century. They established the Order of the Religious Servants of the Holy Virgin in 1223, commonly called the Servites, which aimed to increase the devotion of Our Lady’s seven Sorrows. Their work was rewarded by the conversion of many sinners. They were called Servites by little children whose innocent lips were miraculously opened on one of the public squares of Florence to utter the praises of these seven holy men.

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