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July 30th- 8th August

The Fourteen Holy Helpers were a group of saints invoked with great fervor during the Black Death in Europe from 1346 to 1349.

These great saints individually were patrons and patronesses of various maladies, and each had developed a large and devoted following over the centuries. It was understandable, then, during the Plague that the faithful turned to their intercession before the throne of God. The fourteen holy helpers remain saints of the Church.
July 30th- 8th August

The Holy Helpers are:

Novena Prayer (pray each day for nine days)

St. Barbara: Dec. 4th — Fever — Sudden death
St. Blaise : Feb. 3rd — Ills of the throat
St. Catherine of Alexandria: Nov. 25th — Sudden death
St. Christopher: July 25th — Plagues — Sudden death
St. Cyriacus: Aug. 8th — Temptations
St. Denis: Oct. 9th — Headaches
St. Erasmus (Elmo): June 2nd — Abdominal maladies
St. Eustachius (Eustace): Sep. 20th — Family trouble
St. George: Apr. 23rd — Protection of domestic animals
St. Giles (Aegidius): Sep.1st — Plagues — Good Confession
St. Margaret of Antioch: July 20th — Safe childbirth
St. Pantaleone: July 27th — Physicians
St. Vitus (St. Guy):June 15th — Epilepsy

Saint Achatius: May 8th — Headaches

O 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 in this novena.

Help me by thy intercession to placate God’s divine and just wrath, which I have provoked by my many sins, and aid me in amending my life and doing penance.

Because you persevered till death, you 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.

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Great princes of heaven, Holy Helpers, who sacrificed to God all your earthly possessions, wealth, preferment, and even life, and who now are crowned in heaven in the secure enjoyment of eternal bliss and glory, have compassion on me, a poor sinner in this vale of tears, and obtain for me from God, for Whom you gave up all things and Who loves you as His servants, the strength to bear patiently all the trials of this life, to overcome all temptations, and to persevere in God’s service to the end, that one day I too may be received into your company, to praise and glorify Him, the supreme Lord, Whose beatific vision you enjoy, and Whom you praise and glorify forever. Amen.