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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Saint Christopher

During the middle of the third century there was a campaign, under the emperor Decius, to make Christians sacrifice to the gods and the “Genius of the Emperor”. Those who did were issued with a certificate known as a “libellus.”

St Christopher (d c250), a Syrian Christian of gigantic stature was among those who refused and were thus martyred. His name in Greek (Christophoros) means 'Christ-bearing', which later gives rise to the legend that he had carried the Christ-child across a river. He subsequently became the patron saint of travellers.

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