Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Fourteen Holy Helpers

From Wikipedia:

The Fourteen Holy Helpers are honored in Bavaria as the "vierzehn Heiligen," and the Basilica of the Vierzehnheiligen is dedicated to these "Helper Saints."The Rococo pilgrimage church in the hamlet of Bad Staffelstein was designed by Balthasar Neumann and built between 1743 and 1772.
Devotion to these saints began in that region on September 24, 1445 when Hermann Leicht, the young shepherd of a nearby Franciscan monastery, saw a crying child in a field that belonged to the nearby Cistercian monastery of Langheim. As he bent down to pick up the child, it abruptly disappeared. A short time later, the child reappeared in the same spot. This time, two candles were burning next to it. In June 1446, Leicht saw the child a third time. This time, the child bore a red cross on its chest and was accompanied by thirteen other children. The child said: "We are the fourteen helpers and wish to erect a chapel here, where we can rest. If you will be our servant, we will be yours!" Shortly after, Leicht saw two burning candles descending to this spot. It is alleged that miraculous healings soon began, through the intervention of the fourteen saints.
The Cistercian brothers to whom the land belonged erected a chapel, which immediately attracted pilgrims. An altar was consecrated as early as 1448. Pilgrimages to the Vierzehnheiligen continue to the present day between May and October.
Name (Alternate)Feast dayPatronage
Agathius (Acacius)May 8Against headache
BarbaraDecember 4Against fever and sudden death
Blaise (Blase, Blasius)February 3Against illness of the throat and for protection of domestic animals
Catherine of AlexandriaNovember 25Against sudden death
Christopher (Christophorus)July 25Against bubonic plague and dangers while traveling
CyriacusAugust 8Against temptation on the death-bed
Denis (Dionysius)October 9Against headache
Erasmus (Elmo)June 2Against intestinal ailments
Eustace (Eustachius, Eustathius)September 20Against family discord
George (Georgius)April 23For the health of domestic animals
Giles (Aegidius)September 1Against plague, for a good confession, and for cripples, beggars and blacksmiths
Margaret of AntiochJuly 20During childbirth, and escape from devils
Pantaleon (Panteleimon)July 27For physicians, and against cancer & tuberculosis
Vitus (Guy)June 15Against epilepsy, lightning and for protection of domestic animals

Litany to the 14 helpers

These Saints are invoked as a group, apart from individual patronage, because of the epidemic called the "Black Plague," which devastated Europe between 1346-1349. Among its symptoms were a turning black of the tongue, parching of the throat, violent headache, fever and boils on the abdomen. The malady attacked its victims without warning, robbed them of reason and killed them within a few hours, and many died without the last Sacraments. fear caused many attacks and disrupted social and family ties.  

As devotion spread, Pope Nicholas V in the 16th century attached indulgences to devotion of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, which are no longer attached under the modern norms and grants, although their cultus is still efficacious and to be promoted.

The Litany of the Fourteen Holy Helpers

For Private Devotion.

LORD, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us. 
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us. 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us. 
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us. 
St. Joseph, helper in all needs, etc. 
Fourteen Holy Helpers, 
St. George, valiant Martyr of Christ, 
St. Blaise, zealous bishop and benefactor of the poor, 
St. Erasmus, mighty protector of the oppressed, 
St. Pantaleon, miraculous exemplar of charity, 
St. Vitus, special protector of chastity, 
St. Christophorus, mighty intercessor in dangers, 
St. Dionysius, shining mirror of faith and confidence, 
St. Cyriacus, terror of Hell, 
St. Achatius, helpful advocate in death, 
St. Eustachius, exemplar of patience in adversity, 
St. Giles, despiser of the world, 
St. Margaret, valiant champion of the Faith, 
St. Catherine, victorious defender of the Faith and of purity, 
St. Barbara, mighty patroness of the dying,

All ye Holy Helpers, Pray for us 
All ye Saints of God, etc
In temptations against faith, 
In adversity and trials, 
In anxiety and want, 
In every combat, 
In every temptation, 
In sickness, 
In all needs, 
In fear and terror , 
In dangers of salvation, 
In dangers of honour, 
In dangers of reputation, 
In dangers of property, 
In dangers by fire and water, 

Be merciful, spare us, O Lord! 
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord!

From all sin, deliver us, O Lord. 
From Thy wrath, etc. 
From the scourge of earthquake, 
From plague, famine, and war, 
From lightning and storms, 
From a sudden and unprovided death, 
From eternal damnation,

Through the mystery of Thy holy incarnation, etc. 
Through Thy birth and Thy life, 
Through Thy Cross and Passion, 
Through Thy death and burial, 
Through the merits of Thy blessed Mother Mary, 
Through the merits of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, 

On the Day of Judgment, deliver us, O Lord!
We sinners, beseech Thee hear us. 

That Thou spare us, We beseech Thee, hear us. 
That Thou wilt pardon us, etc. 
That Thou wilt convert us to true penance, 
That Thou wilt give and preserve the fruits of the earth, 
That Thou wilt protect and propagate Thy holy Church, 
That Thou wilt preserve peace and concord among the nations, 
That Thou wilt give eternal rest to the souls of the departed, 
That Thou wilt come to our aid through the intercession of the Holy Helpers, 
That through the intercession of St. George Thou wilt preserve us in the Faith, 
That through the intercession of St. Blaise Thou wilt confirm us in hope, 
That through the intercession of St. Erasmus Thou wilt enkindle in us Thy holy love, 
That through the intercession of St. Pantaleon Thou wilt give us charity for our neighbor, 
That through the intercession of St. Vitus Thou wilt teach us the value of our soul, 
That through the intercession of St. Christophorus Thou wilt preserve us from sin, 
That through the intercession of St. Dionysius Thou wilt give us tranquillity of conscience, 
That through the intercession of St. Cyriacus Thou wilt grant us resignation to Thy holy will, 
That through the intercession of St. Eustachius Thou wilt give us patience in adversity, 
That through the intercession of St. Achatius Thou wilt grant us a happy death, 
That through the intercession of St. Giles Thou wilt grant us a merciful judgment, 
That through the intercession of St. Margaret Thou wilt preserve us from Hell, 
That through the intercession of St. Catherine Thou wilt shorten our Purgatory, 
That through the intercession of St. Barbara Thou wilt receive us in Heaven, 
That through the intercession of all the Holy Helpers Thou wilt grant our prayers,

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on us, O Lord.

V. Pray for us, ye Fourteen Holy Helpers. 
R. That we may be made worthy of the promise of Christ.

Let us Pray.

ALMIGHTY and eternal God,
Who hast bestowed extraordinary graces and gifts on Thy Saints George, Blaise, Erasmus, Pantaleon, Vitus, Christophorus, Dionysius, Cyriacus, Eustachius, Achatius, Giles, Margaret, Catherine, and Barbara, and hast illustrated them by miracles; we beseech Thee to graciously hear the petitions of all who invoke their intercession. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, who didst miraculously fortify the Fourteen Holy Helpers in the confession of the Faith; grant us, we beseech Thee, to imitate their fortitude in overcoming all temptations against it, and protect us through their irttercession in all dangers of soul and body, so that we may serve Thee in purity of heart and chastity of body. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

FOURTEEN Holy Helpers, who served God in humility and confidence on earth and are now in the enjoyment of His beatific vision in Heaven; because thou persevered till death thou gained the crown of eternal life. Remember the dangers that surround us in this vale of tears, and intercede for us in all our needs and adversities. Amen.

Fourteen Holy Helpers, select friends of God, I honor thee as mighty intercessors, and come with filial confidence to thee in my needs, for the relief of which I have undertaken to make this novena. Help me by thy intercession to placate God's wrath, which I have provoked by my sins, and aid me in amending my life and doing penance. Obtain for me the grace to serve God with a willing heart, to be resigned to His holy will, to be patient in adversity and to persevere unto the end, so that, having finished my earthly course, I may join thee in Heaven, there to praise for ever God, Who is wonderful in His Saints. Amen


ignorant redneck said...

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And, I'll try to share it as well!

Anonymous said...

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God bless!

Puff the Magic Dragon said...

Thank you for dropping by. Please drop by again.

@ IR and @ Left-footer:
You are both welcome.

Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20


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