Number 14 in Christianity

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Significance of Number 14 in Christianity

 

 Stations of the Cross

 

The Fourteen Stations of the Cross are stations for meditation used by many Catholics in the Roman Catholic Church.

The stations consist of fourteen crosses and may also have pictures.

The believers go from one station to the next saying prayers.

These are the fourteen stations approved by Pope Benedict XVI:

  1. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
  2. Jesus betrayed by Judas and arrested
  3. Jesus condemned by the Sanhedrin
  4. Jesus denied by Peter
  5. Jesus is judged by Pilate
  6. Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns
  7. Jesus takes up His cross
  8. Jesus is helped by Simon to carry His cross
  9. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
  10. Jesus is crucified
  11. Jesus promises His kingdom to the repentant thief
  12. Jesus entrusts Mary and John to each other
  13. Jesus dies on the cross
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb

 

 


 

 

Holy Helpers

The Fourteen Holy Helpers is a group of Catholic saints invoked during the Black Plague in Europe. The Fourteen Holy Helpers have remained sturdy in Germany.

St. Achatius Against headache
St. Barbara Against fever and sudden death
St. Blaise Against illness of the throat
St. Catherine of Alexandria Against sudden death
St. Christopher Against plagues
St. Cyriacus Against temptation on the death bed
St. Denis Against headache
St. Erasmus Against intestinal ailments
St. Eustachius Against family trouble
St. George For protection of domestic animals
St. Giles Against plague and for a good confession
St. Margaret of Antioch For a safe childbirth
St. Pantaleon For physicians
St. Vitus Against epilepsy

 

The Fourteen Angels

In Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel”, there is the prayer of the lost children: “The Fourteen Angels”:

When at night I go to sleep,                                    

fourteen angels watch to keep,

two my head are guarding,

two my feet are guiding;

two upon my right hand,

two upon my left hand.

two who warmly cover,

two who o’er me hover,

two to whom ’tis given

to guide my steps to heaven.

 

 

 

Meaning of Number 14

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