The Litany of the Fourteen Holy Helpers
For Private Devotion.
LORD, have mercy on us.
St. Joseph, helper in all
Fourteen Holy Helpers,
All ye Holy Helpers, etc.
From all sin,
Through the mystery of Thy
We sinners, beseech Thee
Lamb of God, who takest away
sins of the world,
V. Pray for us, ye Fourteen
Let us Pray.
ALMIGHTY and eternal God, Who hast bestowed extraordinary graces and gifts on Thy Saints George, Blase, 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
select friends of God, I honor thee as mighty intercessors, and come
filial confidence to thee in my needs, for the relief of which I have
to make this novena. Help me by thy intercession to placate God's
which I have provoked by my sins, and aid me in amending my life and
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
unto the end, so that, having finished my earthly course, I may join
in Heaven, there to praise for ever God, Who is wonderful in His
AMONG THE SAINTS/MARTYRS who in Catholic devotion are invoked with special confidence, because they have proved themselves efficacious helpers in adversity and difficulties, there is a group venerated under the collective name of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, although many of them have a devoted following as individual Saints:
George, Martyr, by custom placed first and not in order of Feast Day;
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. To all appearances the disease was incurable.
During this affliction, the pious turned toward Heaven, having recourse to the Saints, praying to be spared or cured. Among the Saints invoked were these 14 who already had patronage over certain illnesses or tragedies:
Christopher and St. Giles, plagues, St. Denis, headaches, St. Blaise,
of the throat [although St. Ignatius of Antioch is also a patron of
with sore throats], St. Elmo, patron of abdominal maladies [and one of
the several Saints having patronage over childbirth, which is not an
of course, as well as patron of sailors], St. Barbara, against fever,
Vitus, [with St. Dymphna, against epilepsy], St. Pantaleon, patron of
St. Cyriacus, recourse in time of temptations, especially at the hour
death; Sts. Christopher, Barbara, and Catherine were appealed to for
against a sudden, unprovided death; the aid of St. Giles was implored
making a good confession; St. Eustace, patron of all kinds of
especially family troubles. Domestic animals were also attacked by the
plague: Sts. George, Erasmus, Pantaleon and Vitus were invoked for
protection. St. Margaret of Antioch is the patron of safe childbirth
[along with St.Gerard Majella and Raymond Nonnantus]. As devotion
Pope Nicholas V in the 16th century attached indulgences to devotion of
the Fourteen Holy Helpers, which are no longer attached under the
norms and grants, although their cultus is still efficacious and to be
THE FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS, Fr. Bonaventure Hammer, O.F.M.
TAN BOOKS AND PUBLISHERS, 1995; with Imprimatur, Imprimi Potest and Nihil Obstat.
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