Name: in Greek: Christophoros: Christ-bearer
Commemoration Day: 24th July
Native Place: Cappadocia (modern-day Southern Turkey)
Year of Death: Around 250 (beheaded) under Emperor Diocletian
Distinguishing Feature: Jesus on his shoulders, stick or trunk in his hand
Particular Patronage: Patron of a Christian's daily work, helper in
dangers, saviour in floods, patron of the sailors,
craftsmen, all travelers and drivers of a vehicle,
helper against a sudden death
As early as in 452 a church was dedicated in his honor in Chalcedon. Today there are about 3000 cultic sites in Europe where he is worshiped. People in the Middle Ages, horrified by sudden death in their environment, placed large pictures of him in churches, hospitals and houses so that he could be seen from far: Whoever looks at the picture of St. Christopher in the morning is said to be protected until evening. Today St. Christopher is seen as the patron of travelers. His badge on a vehicle should remind the driver of his responsibility and give him blessings.
Legend: Reprobus was a giant who only wanted to serve the most powerful on earth. Soon found Christ to be the most powerful and served him by carrying a child across a dangerous river. In the middle of the river the child became too heavy of a burden so he nearly collapsed. The child said to him: "You did not only carry the whole world but also Him who created the world." The infant Jesus is said to have baptized him Christopher (Christ-bearer). We trust in him - Christopher - the strong and brave man when we get into all kinds of dangerous situations. May St. Christopher once carry all of us to the other side of the river.
St. Christopher, you carried Jesus safe through the dangerous floods. Lead also us through the dangers of traffic and give that we neither endanger nor hurt anybody. Protect our home against damage caused by fire or water.