About Christopher: Our Patron
Christopher is believed to have been born in Cana, in Galilee and martyred in the year 251, during the reign of the Roman emperor Decius. Little else is known about him. Christopher’s fame derives from the legend of him being a “Christ-bearer” (Christopher). His feast day in the Roman calendar is July 25th.
According to legend he was a powerfully-built man who wandered the world in search of novelty and adventure. He came upon a hermit who lived beside a dangerous stream and served others by guiding them to safe places to cross. He gave Christopher instruction in the truth of God. Christopher then took the hermit’s place, but instead of guiding travellers, he carried them safely across the stream.
One day he carried a small child across the stream. The child’s weight nearly crushed him. When they arrived on the other side, the child revealed himself as Christ, and he was so heavy because he bore the weight of the world on himself. He then baptized Christopher with water from the stream. Christopher’s service at the stream led to his patronage of things related to travel, travellers and wayfarers. In 1948 Bishop Everett Jones gave the name of St. Christopher to our parish in Bandera, with the hopes that it would be a comfort to those travelling to the Hill Country.