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Saint Christopher

A.K.A.: 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; Automobile Drivers; Bachelors; Boatmen; Bookbinders; Bus Drivers; Cab Drivers; Civil Aeronautics; Fruit Dealers; Fullers; Gardeners; Holy Death; Lorry Drivers; Mariners; Market Carriers; Mountain Climbers; Motorists; Porters; Relief from Pestilence; Sailors; Transportation; Transportation Workers; 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, etc.  He died a martyr during the reign of Decius in the third century.

For Further Information About Saint Christopher, See CatholicSaints.Info Website

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.