St. Christopher Medal Keyring Patron St. of Travelers
This sterling silver St. Christopher medal measures 1 1/4" x 7/8" and comes with a 30" natural leather cord.
St Christopher: According to historical accounts, St. Christopher was a man of significant physical stature that lived in the 3rd century AD.
Christopher decided one day that he wanted to serve the greatest king and found a hermit who taught him about Christ, the King of Kings. The hermit suggested that he spend his days doing work that would please Christ so St. Christopher decided to work at a nearby river, and help travelers cross safely. The fording was dangerous and many with less strength people had drowned.
One day, a child approached St. Christopher by the river and asked to be helped across. St. Christopher obliged. However, as he entered midstream, the river rose and the child's weight grew and became extremely heavy. It was only by great exertion that St. Christopher safely delivered the child to the other side.
When St. Christopher asked the child why he was so heavy, the child explained that He was the Christ and when St. Christopher carried Him, he also carried the weight of the whole world on his shoulders. The child then vanished.
The name "Christopher" means Christ-bearer, and alludes to the legend of the man carrying the Christ Child across the river. Because of the service he provided to Christ and others in need of assistance in crossing the river, St. Christopher is the known today as the "Patron Saint of Travelers." His feast day is July 25.
This is one of the prayers to St. Christopher.
Dear Saint Christopher, protect me today in all my travels along the road’s way.
Give your warning sign if danger is near so that I may stop while the path is clear.
Be at my window and direct me through when the vision blurs from out of the blue.
Carry me safely to my destined place, like you carried Christ in your close embrace.