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Trail: FourteenHolyHelpers


SaintChristopher and Saint Giles were invoked against the plague itself. Saint Denis was prayed to for relief from headache, Saint Blaise for ills of the throat, Saint Elmo, for abdominal maladies, SaintBarbara for fever, and SaintVitus against epilepsy. Saint Pantaleon was the patron of physicians, Saint Cyriacus invoked against temptation on the deathbed, and SaintChristopher, SaintBarbara, and SaintCatherine for protection against a sudden and unprovided-for death. Saint Giles was prayed to for a good confession, and Saint Eustace as healer of family troubles. Domestic animals were also attacked by the plague, and so Saints George, Elmo, Pantaleon, and Vitus were invoked for their protection. Saint Margaret of Antioch is the patron of safe childbirth.

Name (Alternate)Feast dayPatronage
Agathius (Acacius)7 MayAgainst headache
Barbara4 DecemberAgainst fever and sudden death
Blaise3 FebruaryAgainst illness of the throat and for protection of domestic animals
Catherine of Alexandria25 NovemberAgainst sudden death
Christopher (Christophorus)25 JulyAgainst bubonic plague and dangers while traveling
Cyriacus8 AugustAgainst temptation on the death-bed
Denis (Dionysius)9 OctoberAgainst headache
Erasmus (Elmo)2 JuneAgainst intestinal ailments
Eustace (Eustachius, Eustathius)20 SeptemberAgainst family discord
George (Georgius)23 AprilFor the health of domestic animals
Giles (Aegidius)1 SeptemberAgainst plague, for a good confession, and for cripples, beggars and blacksmiths
Margaret of Antioch20 JulyDuring childbirth, and escape from devils
Pantaleon (Panteleimon)27 JulyFor physicians, and against cancer and tuberculosis
Vitus (Guy)15 JuneAgainst epilepsy, lightning and for protection of domestic animals