Who was Saint Christopher?
St. Christopher is one of the legendary saints who may have never existed. There is little information about him that is reliable. Tradition tells us that he was martyred for his faith about the year 251. There was no official canonization process in place at the time. Since he was a martyr he would have been declared a saint by popular acclamation soon after his death.
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He is the patron Saint of travellers.
St. Christopher is one of the legendary saints who may have neverexisted. There is little information about him that is reliable.Tradition tells us that he was martyred for hi…s faith about the year251. There was no official canonization process in place at the time.Since he was a martyr he would have been declared a saint by popularacclamation soon after his death.
Saint Christopher was a large man from Palestine who helped travelers cross a raging river like a human ferry. One day a small child asked to be carried across the river. The …child grew heavier as Saint Christopher crossed the river. After crossing the river Saint Christopher asked the child"Who are you, that you placed me in such peril." The child replied "You not only carried the world, but him who made it. I am Jesus Christ the King".
As the story goes, the extremely robust Christopher devoted his life to carrying people across an otherwise unfordable stream. One day a little child appeared before him and a…sked to be carried across. To Christopher's surprise, as he forded the river, the child steadily increased in weight until Christopher found his tiny burden so heavy that it was amost impossible to bear. When he asked the holy babe why he weighed so much, the child replied that he carried the world's sins upon his shoulders. As a reward for his service, Christopher's staff was miraculously transformed into a living tree, and Christopher himself became the Patron Saint of travellers.. christopher means- christ carrier
Christopher is not the patron saint of hockey. There are no patrons of individual sports. St. Sebastian is the patron saint of athletics and athletes in general. (as per Pat…ron Saint Index)
He was not de-sainted. He is still considered a saint, but since no historical data can be verified of his existence, his Feast Day was removed from the Roman Catholic calenda…r of saints in 1969. However, the Eastern Orthodox Church still honors St. Christopher's Feast Day on May 9. Lots of people still venerate him and carry his medal as a protective charm. St. Christopher is considered the patron saint of travellers.
Christopher is not the patron saint of motorcyclist, that responsibility falls on St. Columbanus, Our Lady of Grace and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
Christopher is the patron saint of many things but not athletes. That position was assigned to St. Sebastian
St. Christopher is not the patron saint of basketball or any other sport. That honor falls to St. Sebastian. See the link below.
Christoper Columbus is not a saint. St. Christopher,by legend, carried a child across a river. The child later revealedhimself as Christ. In that way, St. Christopher beca…me the patronsaint of travelers. The real St. Christopher may have lived duringthe 4th century, B.C.
Actually, St. Christopher is one of those legendary saints who may or may not have really existed. There is so little information known about him. Several decades ago he was r…emoved from the official Calendar of Saints because so little was known. There were a number of saints that also were dropped, including St. Barbara of Nicomedia, St. Philomena, St. Dorothy and St. Ursula. The Church was not denying that these people were saints, they just said that too many questions remain unanswered. In the early days of the Church there was no official process for the canonization and people were declared as saints by popular acclamation. The canonization process did not begin until the 12th century. However, a number of really questionable individuals were honored as saints in ancient times. Even Buddha was, at one time, "converted" to Catholocism and named as a saint. Of course, he was one of the first to go. In most cases, the Church allows the continued devotion to these people. However, they may not allow new parishes or disocese to be named for these questionable saints.
St. Christopher is one of a number of legendary saints that may or may not have existed. He is no longer on the official Calendar of Saints of the Roman Catholic Church. Howev…er, tradition tells us that he was a large, strong man and assisted travelers by carrying them across a river where there was no bridge. Thus he became a patron of travelers.
Actually, the entire life of Christopher is a legend, including his name. He was removed from the official Church Calendar of Saints several decades back because so little was… known of him. His name means "Christ-bearer." and that name derived from the following legend. Christopher was a large and muscular man. He took on the job of carrying travellers across a dangerous 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 Christopher with water from the stream. Christopher's service at the stream led to his patronage of things related to travel and travellers, people who carry things, etc. He reportedly died as a martyr sometime in the third century.
Christopher is a legendary saint and we are really not sure if he existed. We do not know the place where he was martyred about the year 251. He is thought to have been born i…n Canaan.
Safety of travelers. St. Christopher is the patron Saint of travel. He protects you on land, sea or air.St. Christopher is the patron Saint of travel. He protects you on land,… sea or air.
Christopher is a legendary figure who may have never existed. Little is known about him. For this reason he was removed from the official Calendar of Saints several decades ba…ck. However, legend and tradition tell us that he was a martyr in the early Church. Miracles were not required for declaring a person a saint in the early years of Chrisitianity. The person would have been declared a saint by popular acclamation to a bishop based on the lives and merits of the candidate. This was especially true if the person died the death of a martyr as it was felt that making this ultimate sacrifice for Our Lord would be an automatic designation of that person as a saint. Even today, miracles are not always a requirement for canonization, especially in the case of martyrs.
We do not know where Christopher may have been buried. Some say his remains may have been taken to Alexandria. Others say that there never were any remains as Christopher was …a legend and not an actual person. He is no longer universally commemorated in the Roman Catholic Church but local veneration is still allowed.