August 8

Saint of the day:

Fourteen Holy Helpers

A group of saints revered in early times as particularly aiding Christians. This feast was suppressed in 1969.

The Auxiliary Saints


  1. Agathius                                            7 MAY                          Against headache

  2. Barbara                                             4 DEC                           Against fever and sudden death

  3. Blaise                                                3 FEB                            Against illness of the throat and for protection of domestic animals

  4. Catherine of Alexandria                25 NOV                           Against sudden death

  5. Christopher                                    25 JUL                            Against bubonic plague and dangers while traveling

  6. Cyriacus                                           8 AUG                            Against temptation on the death-bed

  7. Denis                                                9 OCT                            Against headache

  8. Erasmus                                           2 JUN                           Against intestinal ailments

  9. Eustace                                          20 SEP                            Against family discord

  10. George                                           23 APR                             For the health of domestic animals

  11. Giles                                                 1 SEP                            Against plague, for a good confession, and for cripples, beggars and blacksmiths

  12. Margaret of Antioch                     20 JUL                             During childbirth, and escape from devils

  13. Pantaleon                                      27 JUL                             For physicians, and against cancer and tuberculosis

  14. Vitus (Guy)                                     15 JUN                            Against epilepsy, lightning and for protection of domestic animals

A group of saints revered in early times as particularly aiding Christians.

They are: Acacius, Barbara, Blaise, Catherine of Alexandria , Christopher, Cyriacus,

Dionysius of Paris, Erasmus, Eustace, George, Margaret, Pantaleon, Vitus and Giles.


The "fourteen angels" of the lost children's prayer in Engelbert Humperdinck's fairy opera, 'Hansel and Gretel', are the Fourteen Holy Helpers. The English words are familiar:

When at night I go to sleep,
Fourteen angels watch do 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.


St. Agathius                                            

May 7                          

Patron Saint against headache

St. Barbara

                          December 4                          

   Patron Saint against fever and sudden death



St. Blaise                                               

February 3                           

Patron Saint against illness of the throat and for protection of domestic animals



St. Christopher

July 25

Patron Saint against bubonic plague and dangers while traveling


St. Cyriacus

August 8

Patron Saint against temptation on the death-bed


St. Erasmus

June 2

Patron Saint against intestinal ailments


St. Eustace

September 20

Patron Saint against family discord


St. Giles

September 1

Patron Saint against plague, for a good confession, and for cripples, beggars and blacksmiths


St. Pantaleon

July 27

Patron Saint for physicians, and against cancer and tuberculosis


St. Vitus (Guy)

June 15

Patron Saint against epilepsy, lightning and for protection of domestic animals


Altar in the pilgrimage church of the Fourteen Holy Saints,

pilgrimage church Vierzehnheiligen near

Bad Staffelstein, Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany


14 Bean Soup 


  • 1 pkg Wegman's 14 Bean Soup

  • 8 cups water (use chicken, beef, or vegetable broth for added flavor)

  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, ground sausage (browned in pan), ham hocks or diced ham.
    Our favorite is to use a leftover hambone with some meat on it.

  • 1 lg. onion, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp chili powder (optional)

  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz.)

  • Juice from 1 lemon

  • Optional: Hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste



  2. In a colander or sieve, rinse beans thoroughly. Sort and inspect for any unwanted debris and discard.

  3. Drain and pour beans in a slow cooker with 8 cups of stock/water, onions, meat or hambone, garlic and chili powder.
    (Not tomato or lemon juice yet!)

  4. Stir to combine. Set slow cooker on high and cook for 5-7 hours then check to make sure beans are tender.
    The soup can continue to simmer for several hours and will develop more flavor over time.

  5. After the beans are tender, remove the hambone (leave any ham in the pot), stir in the can of diced tomatoes, our Ham Flavor packet, and the lemon juice.

  6. Cook for additional 30 minutes then keep warm until ready to serve.

  7. We recommend to serve with a freshly baked slice of corn bread! You can also serve over rice as well.

  8. Please keep in mind that every time the lid is opened, your cooking time will be longer.


  • For even more flavor, substitute beef, chicken or vegetable stock instead of water.

  • You can also try 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts or 1 lb. beef roast, then shred meat before Step 5 above.

  • As with all dry bean recipes, it's best to wait until AFTER the beans have become tender or fully cooked before adding any acidic ingredients like tomatoes, citrus, vinegars, etc.

  • Remember that this is a NO SOAK recipe, but if you have already soaked the beans that's not a problem, just use 1 cup of water/stock less.

  • Variations on the recipe will work for almost all of Wegman's HamBeens items.

  • If you prefer a more "brothy" soup, add an extra cup of liquid when preparing

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