History of the St Christopher

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The story of St. Christopher and the medallion named after him is an interesting tale. It is said that he was a Canaanite named Reprobus, seven feet six inches tall with a fearsome face and immense strength. He lived in the third century during the reign of the Roman Emporer Decius.

The most famous legend of St Christopher recounts that he carried a child across a dangerous river. Reprobus took the child on his shoulders, but crossing the river, the child grew heavier until Reprobus feared he would fall and that they would both drown.

When he asked the child why he was so heavy, the child revealed that he was Jesus Christ and said that he was heavy with the weight of the world’s sins. Not a person to give up, Reprobus carried on with great difficulty and reached the opposite bank. Christ asked Reprobus to press his staff into the ground and when he did, it turned into a beautiful flowering tree. This story may draw from Ancient Greek mythology.

Churches and monasteries were named after him by the 7th century, but his veneration as a Saint did not become widespread in the Western Church until the Late Middle Ages when he was named as the patron saint and protector of travelers.

As the patron saint of travelers, small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, carried in a pocket, or placed in vehicles to show devotion and as a request for his blessing.

St. Christopher is also the Patron Saint of gardeners, sailors and transport workers. He is invoked for protection against lightning, storms, pestilence, epilepsy and even toothache.

St Christopher Pendants

On our website you will find a selection of St. Christopher’s  that can be engraved with a name, blood group or a short message. They are popular with parents who give them to children embarking on gap years and as birthday gifts for pilots, aircrew, long-distance lorry drivers and much more.

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