The Patron Saint of Travellers

“Although the Catholic Church suggests that almost nothing certain is known about the life and death of St. Christopher,[3] there are several legends attributed to him. These include the story in which Christopher carries a small, yet almost unbearably heavy, child across a river. The child is later revealed to be Jesus Christ. It is this popular story from which Christopher became the patron saint of travellers, and it is the source for the derivation of his name. The Greek word Christophoros translates into “Christ-bearer.” [4] though Offerus may simply be a back-formation of (Christ)ophorus.”

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Saint Christopher mit dem Christkind in Trier, Germany

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