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St. Christopher

St. Christopher is usually represented holding a staff and carrying Christ on his shoulders. Christopher literally means "e;Christbearer."e; The Christian is called to bear Christ. St. Paul tells us to “put on Christ and make no provisions for the flesh.”


St Christopher has been pictured as a powerfully built man who would travel the world in search of adventure. He met a hermit lived beside a dangerous stream who served others by guiding them to safe places to cross. Then Christopher would carry travelers safely across the stream.

One day he carried a small child across the stream; the child's weight nearly crushed him. When they arrived on the other side, the child revealed himself as Christ, and he was so heavy because he bore the weight of the world on himself. St. Christopher had a holy man baptize him with water from the stream. Christopher's service at the stream led to his patronage of things related to travel and travellers and of people who carry things.

One story about St. Christopher shows St. Christopher before he embraced the Catholic Faith.  He was a man of tremendous size and strength who determined to only serve the strongest and bravest master. In his naïve quest, he became bound to Satan, the devil, who he thought was the strongest.  Later, when he saw the devil frightened by the sight of a crucifix, Christopher concluded that Jesus was stronger than the devil and so St. Christopher resolved he would only Christ from that time forward.  Some histories say St. Christopher was imprisoned, tortured, and then beheaded.  So St. Christopher wears the crown of martyrdoom as his crowning feat of love.

St. Christopher is the patron saint of travelers, drivers, those going on journeys, automobile drivers, truck drivers, motorcycle riders, weightlifters, bus drivers, transportation workers, pilots, jet pilots, astronauts, boaters, boatmen and women, cab drivers, archers, porters, sailors, marines, watermen, sportsmen, Recreation Vehicle owners, archers, single people, bachelors, bachelorettes, gardeners, fruit vendors, hitchhikers, and pilgrims. St. Christopher is invoked for protection against the hazards of traveling, lightning, pestilence, epilepsy, floods, hailstorms, storms, tornados, hurricanes, sudden death, toothache, and various bodily aches and pains.


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