See also:saint honoured in the
See also:Roman Catholic (25th of
See also:July) and Orthodox Eastern (9th of May) Churches, the
See also:patron of ferrymen . Nothing that is authentic is known about him . He appears to have been originally a
See also:pagan and to have been
See also:born in
See also:Syria . He was baptized by Babylas,
See also:bishop of
See also:Antioch; preached with much success in
See also:Lycia; and was martyred about A.D . 250 during the persecution under the emperor Decius.'
See also:Round this small nucleus of possibility, however, a vast mass of legendary
See also:matter gradually collected . All accounts agree that he was of
See also:great stature and singularly handsome, and that this helped him not a little in his evangelistic
See also:work . But according to a
See also:story reproduced in the New Uniat
See also:Anthology of Arcudius, and mentioned in
See also:Basil's Monologue, Christopher was originally a hideous man-eating
See also:ogre, with a
See also:face, and only received his human semblance, with his Christian name, at
See also:baptism . Most of his astounding miracles are of the ordinary type . He thrusts his
See also:staff into the ground; whereupon it sprouts into a date palm, and thousands are converted . Courtesans sent to seduce him are turned by his mere aspect into Christians and martyrs . The Roman
See also:governor is confounded by his insensi- Or Dagnus—perhaps to be identified with Maximinus Daza, joint emperor (with Galerius) in the East 305-311, and
See also:sole emperor 311-313.bility to the most refined and ingenious tortures . He is roasted over a slow
See also:fire and basted with boiling oil, but tells his tormentors that by the
See also:grace of Jesus Christ he feels nothing .
When at last, in despair, they cut off his
See also:head, he had converted 48,000
See also:people . The more conspicuous of these legends are included in the Mozarabic Breviary and
See also:Missal, and are given in the
See also:sermon of
See also:Damien, but the best-known story is that which is given in the
See also:Legend of Jacopus de Voragine . According to this, Christopher—or rather Reprobus, as he was then called—was a
See also:giant of vast stature who was in
See also:search of a man stronger than himself, whom he might serve, He
See also:left the service of the
See also:king of
See also:Canaan because the king feared the devil, and that of the devil because the devil feared the
See also:Cross . He was converted by a
See also:hermit; but as he had neither the
See also:gift of
See also:fasting nor that of prayer, he decided to devote himself to a work of charity, and set himself to carry wayfarers over a bridgeless
See also:river . One
See also:day a little
See also:child asked to be taken across, and Christopher took him on his
See also:shoulder . When
See also:half way over the stream he staggered under what seemed to him a crushing
See also:weight, but he reached the other side and then upbraided the child for placing him in peril . "Had I
See also:borne the whole
See also:world on my back," he said, " it could not have weighed heavier than thou!" " Marvel not!" the child replied, " for thou
See also:host borne upon thy back the world and him who created it!" It was this story that gave Christopher his immense popularity throughout Western Christendom . See
See also:Rolland . Acta Sanct. vi . 146; Guenebault, Dict. iconographique
See also:des .attribute des figures et des lcgendes des
See also:saints (
See also:Par., 185o) ;
See also:Smith and
See also:Wace, Dict. of Christ . Biog . (
See also:London, 1877, &c., 4 vols.) ; A .
Sinemus,Die Legende vom h .
See also:Christophorus (Hanover, 1868) ; and other literature cited in Herzog-Hauck, Realencyk. iv . 6o .
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