THE FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS - CHRISTOPHER
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 Christopher venerated by Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians alike as a martyr killed in the reign of a Roman Emperor, however there is some confusion whether it was Decius or Dacian.
His patronage concerns Bubonic plague sufferers and protects against dangers while travelling.
The Eastern Orthodox Church venerates Saint Christopher on May 9th however the Roman Catholic Church feasts him on the 25th July.