Thursday, August 08, 2013

The Feast of the Fourteen Holy Helpers

Today is the Feast Day of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. Sometimes, by adding Mary, they're called the Fifteen Holy Helpers. Aside from Mary and in other languages, there are naming variations for the Fourteen Holy Helpers such as:  I Santi Ausiliatori, Los catorce auxiliadores, Les saints auxiliaires, Die vierzehn Nothelfer, and so on.
Because as a cluster they go back to the Black Death times of the mid-1300s, the Fourteen Holy Helpers have more back alley street cred than all the comic book superheroes of the past hundred years combined. They, too, have powers, and the faithful may call upon the Holy Helpers all, singly or in pairs for intercession and on an as-needed basis -- and do. Why? Because the Holy Helpers are can-do saints. If one is scared of being struck by lightning, for instance, call upon Saint Barbara to "save me from the spark! [aka bolt!]"  Saint Vitus will help protect you from lightning, too. If you need a little help fleeing from devils, evoke Saint Margaret of Antioch. To turn away temptation whilst resting awhile on the deathbed, seek strength by asking help from that "terror of Hell," Saint Cyriacus. Saint Denis will assist with combating possessions diaboliques / demonic possessions. Finally, let's not forget to seek guidance from 
Saint Vitus or perhaps Saint Giles pour une bonne confession / for a good confession. No matter what happens, are you ready?

Today's Rune: The Mystery Rune.      


the walking man said...

You know what I found out about Catholics in general, the older they get the deeper they dive into the pool. Now i was born and raised, taught and beat by nuns but God save me from becoming an little old lady in a babushka going to 0500 Mass to pray for my sinful children who never visit.

!0,000,000,000 Saints and what not and now it's winnowed down to 15? Cool send St Thor to Detroit to get them to pick up my garbage before 9seriously) 11PM.

Charles Gramlich said...

Although I know of these saints, I never heard them called the Fourteen Holy Helpers before. Interesting.

t said...

Remember that awesome romantic comedy 'The Break-Up' and the great bit about the Sixteenth Chapel? Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn at their best.

Chang said...