July 25- Saint Christopher: Patron Saint of Travelers, against Floods

Saint Christopher, Patron Saint of Floods (Feast Date July 25)

Extract from July 25: Saint Christopher the Holy Martyr: “One of the most popular legends describes the saint as a tall man of tremendous strength who made a living carrying people across a raging river. One day his passenger was a child who grew so heavy as they crossed the river that he feared they would both drown. Christopher was amazed that one so mighty as himself could be overcome by one so small. The child then revealed that he was Christ, and the heaviness was caused by the weight of the world which he bore. The Greek word Christophoros translates into “bearer of the anointed one, and it is no surprise that he is often depicted as carrying a child, who, in turn, is carrying a globe. Saint Christopher is listed among the “Auxiliary Saints”, or the Fourteen Holy Helpers, venerated for the efficacy of their prayers in time of need.” See PICTURES of Saint Christopher.  See also:  Saint Christopher (Multilingual), SAINT CHRISTOPHER MARTYR THIRD CENTURY (EN), San Cristóbal Mártir Siglo III (SP), San Cristoforo Martire in Licia (IT), Saint Christophe de Lycie (IIIe siècle) (FR), Święty Krzysztof, męczennik (PO). Videos: Saint Christopher, St. christopher, Christopher, Martyr. PRAYERS to St. Christopher.

Saint Christopher, Patron Saint of Floods (Feast Date July 25)

Extract from Saint Christopher: “The legend says: A heathen king (in Canaan or Arabia), through the prayers of his wife to the Blessed Virgin, had a son, whom he called Offerus and dedicated to the gods Machmet and Apollo. Acquiring in time extraordinary size and strength, Offerus resolved to serve only the strongest and the bravest. He bound himself successively to a mighty king and to Satan, but he found both lacking in courage, at last he found a hermit who told him to offer his allegiance to Christ, instructed him in the Faith, and baptized him. Christopher, as he was now called, willingly accepted the task of carrying people, for God’s sake, across a raging stream. One day he was carrying a child who continually grew heavier, so that it seemed to him as if he had the whole world on his shoulders. The child, on inquiry, made himself known as the Creator and Redeemer of the world. To prove his statement the child ordered Christopher to fix his staff in the ground. The next morning it had grown into a palm-tree bearing fruit. The miracle converted many. See picture of Saint Christopher.

Saint Christopher , Patron Saint of Travelers (Feast Date: July 25)

Extract from Saint Christopher:  “There are several legends about him including the one in which he was crossing a river when a child asked to be carried across. When Christopher put the child on his shoulders he found the child was unbelievably heavy. The child, according to the legend, was Christ carrying the weight of the whole world. This was what made Christopher patron saint of travelers and is invoked against storms, plagues, etc. Before the formal canonization process began in the fifteenth century, many saints were proclaimed by popular approval. This was a much faster process but unfortunately many of the saints so named were based on legends, pagan mythology, or even other religions. In 1969, the Church took a long look at all the saints on its calendar to see if there was historical evidence that that saint existed and lived a life of holiness. Christopher was one of the names that was determined to have a basis mostly in legend. Therefore Christopher (and others) were dropped from the universal calendar.”

Saint Christopher, Patron Saint against Floods (Feast Date: July 25) (Death c 251)

Extract from St. Christopher: “Third century martyr in the persecutions of Decius. Little else is known for sure. His fame derives from the pious legend of him being a “Christ-bearer” (= Christopher). He was a powerfully built man who wandered the world in search of novelty and adventure. He came upon a hermit who lived beside a dangerous stream and served others by guiding them to safe places to cross. He gave Offero instruction in the truth of God. Offero took the hermit’s place, but instead of guiding travelers, he carried them 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. He then baptized Offero with water from the stream.”

Saint Christopher, Patron Saint against Floods (Feast Date: July 25)

Extract from Saint Christopher: “Third century martyr in the persecutions of Decius. Little else is known for sure. His fame derives from the pious legend of him being a “Christ-bearer” (= Christopher). A powerfully built man, he wandered the world in search of novelty and adventure. He came upon a hermit who lived beside a dangerous stream and served others by guiding them to safe places to cross. He gave Offero [Christopher] instruction in the truth of God. Offero took the hermit’s place, but instead of guiding travellers, he carried them 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. He then baptised Offero with water from the stream. Christopher’s service at the stream led to his patronage of things related to travel against hailstorms, lightning; people who carry things, etc.”

Saint Christopher, Patron Saint against Floods (Feast Date: July 25)

Extract from Saint Christopher:  “His fame derives from pious legend being a “Christ-bearer” (= Christopher). Powerfully built man, he wandered the world in search of novelty and adventure. A hermit who lived beside a dangerous stream and served others by guiding them to safe places to cross. He gave Offero [Christopher] instruction in the truth of God. Offero took the hermit’s place, but instead of guiding travellers, he carried them 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. He baptized Offero with water from the stream. Christopher’s service at the stream led to his patronage of things related to travel against hailstorms, lightning; etc.”

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Christopher on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Flooding in Fiji (April, 2012) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 9 – April 22, 2012.

Flooding in New Zealand (December, 2011) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 19, 2011 – Janaury 2, 2012.

Flooding in Haiti (June, 2011) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: June 20 – July 3, 2011.

Flooding in Saudi Arabia (November 26, 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 7-20, 2009.

Boat Accident in Sierra Leone (September, 2009) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: September 14, 2009 – September 27, 2009.

Floods in Brazil (January 23, 2009)(ongoing) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 2, 2009 – February 15, 2009.

Floods in Malaysia (December, 2008) (Asia) (See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 22, 2008 – January 4, 2009.

Floods in Papua New Guinea December 31, 2008) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 5, 2009 – January 18, 2009.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,

make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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