Saint Christopher

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UploadedJuly 26, 2018
TakenJune 10, 2018
MakeSony
ModelILCE-5000
Exposure1/320 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length29 mm
ISO640
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Saint Christopher (Greek: Ἅγιος Χριστόφορος, Ágios Christóforos) is venerated by several Christian denominations as a martyr killed in the reign of the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Decius (reigned 249–251) or alternatively under the Roman Emperor Maximinus II Dacian (reigned 308–313). There appears to be confusion due to the similarity in names "Decius" and "Dacian". However his veneration only appears late in Christian tradition, and did not become widespread in the Western Church until the Late Middle Ages, although churches and monasteries were named after him by the 7th century.

It is disputed whether Christopher existed, and if so whether the name applied to a specific person or was a general title meaning "Christ-bearer" which was applied to several different real or legendary people. He may be the same figure as Saint Menas. His most famous legend, which is mainly known from the West and may draw from Ancient Greek mythology, tells that he carried a child, who was unknown to him, across a river before the child revealed himself as Christ. Therefore, he is the patron saint of travelers, and small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, carried in a pocket, or placed in vehicles by Christians.

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  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (26 Jul 2018):

    What an interesting narrative about the legend of Saint Christopher in Ancient Greek mythology and an excellent photograph.

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (27 Jul 2018):

    a wonderful close-up!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (27 Jul 2018):

    I agree with my daughter. Well done!

  • teresa B

    teresa B   gave props (29 Jul 2018):

    Love the photo and story surrounding it

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (29 Jul 2018):

    Beautifully photographed.. and I love the story behind this image!

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