Significance of Number 14 in Christianity
14 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:
- Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
- Jesus betrayed by Judas and arrested
- Jesus condemned by the Sanhedrin
- Jesus denied by Peter
- Jesus is judged by Pilate
- Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns
- Jesus takes up His cross
- Jesus is helped by Simon to carry His cross
- Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
- Jesus is crucified
- Jesus promises His kingdom to the repentant thief
- Jesus entrusts Mary and John to each other
- Jesus dies on the cross
- Jesus is laid in the tomb
14 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.