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Saint Christopher

AKA: Christobal
Christoval
Cristobal
Kester
Kitt
Kitts
Offero

Born: Unknown Year in Canaan (Western accounts) or Marmarica (Eastern accounts) as Offero (Birth Name)

Died: c. 251 in Asia Minor (Martyred)

Venerated:  Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodox Church
Lutheran Church
Anglicanism

Canonized: Pre-congregation

Feast Day: July 25 (Latin Church)
May 9 (Eastern Churches)

Patronages: Against Bad Dreams
Against Epilepsy
Against Floods
Against Hailstorms
Against Lightning
Against Pestilence
Against Storms
Against Sudden Death
Against Toothache
Air Forces
Archers
Bachelors
Boatmen
Bookbinders
Bus Drivers
Cab Drivers
Civil Aeronautics
Fruit Dealers
Fullers
Gardeners
Holy Death
Mariners
Market Carriers
Mountain Climbers
Motorists
Porters
Relief from Pestilence
Sailors
Transportation
Travelers
Truck Drivers
Watermen
Places: Saint Christopher's Island (A.K.A. Saint Kitts Island)
Croatia
Cuba
Germany
Italy
Spain

Representation: Branch
Giant
Torrent
Tree
Man with Christ on his shoulders

Saint Christopher is one of the most popular saints of the east and west.  There are many legends concerning this saint, often confused and contradictory.  One of the most popular legends holds that Saint Christopher was a giant who helped people across a raging stream.  It is believed that he carried the Christ Child across this same stream.  Hence, his name Christopher, Christ-bearer.  He is the patron of motorists, and is invoked against storms, plagues, etcetera.  He died a martyr during the reign of Decius in the third century.

Prayer: Almighty and ever-living God, graciously pour out Your Spirit upon us.  Let our hearts be filled with that true love which enabled Your holy Martyr Christopher to overcome all bodily torments.  Amen.

 

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