Great Martyr Christopher of Lycea †251

Great Martyr Christopher of Lycea

St. Christopher is an early Christian martyr who is counted as an intercessor for persons with epilepsy. He is known for, at some point of his life, being a very strong man, carrying people on his shoulders across a raging river. It is said he carried one child who became so heavy he feared they both might drown; the child was Christ, Who bore the sin of the world. St. Christopher suffered under the Roman Emperor Decius.

He is commemorated in the Orthodox Church on May 9.

 Troparian of St Christopher: 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.

Sources:

 http://www.antiochian.org/saint_christopher

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese: Christopher the Martyr of Lycea 

http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-christopher/

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Source of icon: http://stlouiscatholic.blogspot.com/2011/01/ora-pro-nobis.html 

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