Saint Christopher of Lycia, the Great Martyr

Feast Day: May 9th


The Life of Saint Christopher: As they reached the other side, the Child told him that he had just carried all the sins of the world on his shoulders… Then he recognized Christ, the King Whom he had vowed to serve…

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Prayers

Apolytikion: In beautiful garments woven from thy blood thou dost stand before the King of Heaven. For thou dost chant the Thrice-Holy Hymn with Angels and Martyrs. By thy supplications save thy servants.

Kontakion: Bearing Christ in your Soul, O glorious one, with strength you deposed the leaders of the enemies, therefore entreat Christ, O Christopher, on behalf of our Souls.

Megalynarion: O inscrutable and steadfast Martyr, large in form and God-bearing in mind, you astonished the hordes of the enemies, and you struggled beyond nature with fervour for your Creator.


Saint Christopher once carried Christ on his shoulders across a river. Now Saint Christopher has become the Patron Saint for travellers.

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“Saint Babylas of Antioch told him that he could best serve Christ by doing well the task for which he was best suited. Therefore, he became a ferryman, carrying people across a river on his shoulders. One stormy night, Christopher carried a Child Who insisted on being taken across at that very moment. With every step Christopher took, the Child seemed to become heavier. Halfway across the stream, Christopher felt that his strength would give out, and that he and the Child would be drowned in the river. As they reached the other side, the Child told him that he had just carried all the sins of the world on his shoulders. Then He ordered Christopher to plant his walking stick in the ground. As he did so, the stick grew into a giant tree. Then he recognized Christ, the King Whom he had vowed to serve.”


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