THE FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS – GILES
The Fourteen Holy Helpers are a group of saints venerated together in Roman Catholicism because their intercession was believed to be particularly effective against various diseases.
This group of "helpers in need" originated in 14th century Rhineland, due largely as a result of the epidemic that grew to become the Black Death, but their veneration spread almost as quickly as the plague.
Saint Giles (c. 650 – c. 710) was a Christian hermit saint from Athens.
Whose life was centered in Provence and Septimania.
The tomb in Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, the abbey Giles was said to have founded, became a place of pilgrimage and a stop on the road that led from Arles to the pilgrim Way of St. James.
His patronage protects against plague, for a good confession, and for cripples, beggars and blacksmiths. He is commemorated on September 1st.