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Saint Christopher

Born: Unknown in Canaan (Western accounts) or Marmarica (Eastern accounts)

Died: c. 251 in Asia Minor

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: Transportation (Drivers, Sailors, etc); Traveling (Especially for long journeys); Storms; Epilepsy; Gardeners; Holy Death; Toothache; Bachelors
Places: Brunswick, Germany; Saint Christopher's Island (aka Saint Kitts); Rab (Island in Croatia); Vilnius, Lithuania

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, etc.  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.