| Saint Christopher is the patron saint of ferry
workers and travelers. It is believed
that he may have been martyred about A.D. 250. Legend says he was a ferrymen
who carried people across a bridgeless river. One day, he carried over a child who
seemed to grow heavier with each step. When they reached the shore, he remarked
that one would think he had been carrying the burden of the world. To this the
Christ child replied: "thou hast borne upon thy back the world and him who
It is believed those who seek Saint Christopher's protection will not be harmed.
For this reason, many people carry Saint Christopher medals.
Eastern Orthodox Churches celebrate Saint Christopher's day on May 9th.