St. Christopher, Christ-bearer

St.Christopher carrying Jesus Christ

PATRON SAINT OF: against lightning, against pestilence archers, automobile drivers, automobilists, bachelors, Baden, Germany, boatmen, bookbinders, Brunswick, Germany, bus drivers, cab drivers, epilepsy, epileptics, floods, fruit dealers, fullers, gardeners, hailstorms, holy death, lightning, lorry drivers, mariners, market carriers, Mecklenburg, Germany motorists, pestilence, porters, Rab Croatia, sailors, Saint Christopher’s Island, Saint Kitts, storms, sudden death, taxi drivers, toothache, transportation, transportation workers, travelers, truck drivers, truckers, watermen.

GUIDANCE: 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 baptised Offero with water from the stream. Christopher’s service at the stream led to his patronage of things related to travel and travelers, people who carry things, burdens, etc.

FEAST DAY: July 25

SAMPLE AFFIRMATIONS: I AM safe in all my travels walking with my Father in Heaven . . . I AM spiritually strong and I AM able to bear what God gives me . . . God helps me handle anything I choose to carry.

SAMPLE PRAYER: Father, sometimes it feels as though the weight of the world is riding on my shoulders. Help me to carry my burdens easily and effortlessly knowing full well that they are meant to serve me in a positive way. I have Faith in You, that You will relieve me of my burdens.

Father, I believe Jesus when He said, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I AM meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is Light.”

I now turn over all of my burdens to your Son Jesus and have Faith that I will find refuge in His Divine Assistance.

Through Jesus Christ’s Precious, Pure and Holy name I pray. – Amen.

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