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Friday, 25 July 2014

25th July, St Christopher, Martyr

St. Christopher

St. Christopher was a native of Chanaan. His name (who bears Christ) expresses his love of Jesus. A generous soul, he walked like a giant in the way of virtue. The piety of our fathers inspired by this grand allegory caused them to place a colossal statue of St. Christopher at the entrance to cathedrals. He was martyred towards A.D. 250. He is one of the " fourteen Auxiliary Saints".

In virtute tua, Domine laetabitur justus: et super salutare tuum exsultabit vehementer: desiderium animae ejus tribuisti ei. * Quoniam praevenisti eum in bendictionibus dulcedinis: posuisti in capite ejus coronam de lapide pretioso.
In Thy strength, O Lord, the just man shall joy and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart's desire. For Thou hast prevented him with blessing of sweetness: Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.
(Psalm 20:2-3,4 from the Introit of Mass)

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who celebrate the festival of blessed Christopher, Thy martyr, may by his intercession be strengthened in the love of Thy name.

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