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St. Christopherus (1665)

 

spotted in the Cathedral of Lübeck

 

"Because St. Christopher offered protection to travelers and against sudden death, many churches placed images or statues of him, usually opposite the south door, so he could be easily seen. He is usually depicted as a giant of a man, with a child on his shoulder and a staff in one hand. In England, there are more wall paintings of St. Christopher than of any other saint."

 

A short series about St. Christopher (not related with Chr. W. Phillips) in German churches

St. Christopherus (1665)

 

spotted in the Cathedral of Lübeck

 

"Because St. Christopher offered protection to travelers and against sudden death, many churches placed images or statues of him, usually opposite the south door, so he could be easily seen. He is usually depicted as a giant of a man, with a child on his shoulder and a staff in one hand. In England, there are more wall paintings of St. Christopher than of any other saint."

 

A short series about St. Christopher (not related with Chr. W. Phillips) in German churches

comments (13)

I always find it interesting that during a certain era- children were painted as just smaller adults.
Philine: You are right, Elizabeth, children were not appreciated as children in former centuries. Many thanks!
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 27 Mar 2017, 05:05
He carries a stout staff...more like a telegraph pole!
Philine: Haha- many thanks, Ray!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Mar 2017, 06:59
I seem to remember St Chris being somewhat demoted in status by the pope back in the 1970s Philine
Philine: Yes, you are right, https://www.catholic.com/qa/did-the-church-declare-that-st-christopher-is-a-myth, but St. Christopher is of such an universal importance that he cannot disappear. Many thanks, Christopher!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 27 Mar 2017, 07:10
A giant of a man, Philine
Philine: The statue in Münster I'll show later is 8 mtr. high. Many thanks, Lisl!
How wonderful to see this image of Tiff's namesake Philine. I can believe what you say about paintings of saints in England Philine. St Christopherus is very popular.
Philine: Yes, also in our country, esp. for cardrivers, bikers etc. I like this saint from childhood days on. Many thanks, Chad, and a good week, the weather is wonderful.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Mar 2017, 08:47
Well there is striking resemblance between St Christopherus and Sir Chris of Bath-or-thereabouts . I can't imagine the latter have much to do with small children, though. St Christopher medallions were quite popular at one time with people hanging them around their car's interior mirror but rarely seem theses days. St Christopherus seems to have ignored the offer of a drink on his way past.
Philine: Haha- but nothing to do with small children. St. Christopher is also very popular among cardrivers, bikers ( of 'giant' bikes! ) etc. Even I have a plaque of this saint attached at my pc. Yes, St. Christopher should drink more as walker as you know. Many thanks, Alan, and enjoy the days in the Peak District. The weather is splendid here.
My mother made us wear St. Christopher medals when we children were young.
Philine: I own also a St. Christopher plaque. St. Christopher is a nice, powerful saitn. Many thanks, Mary!
Amazing how many St Christopher related things you see.

This is a fine picture
Philine: I saw also in England some St. Christophers. Many thanks, Bill!
This St.Christopher seems to be more masculine than many pictures I've seen.
Philine: In general St. Christopher looks rather masculine and powerful. Many thanks, Brian!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Mar 2017, 13:42
The man in the background of the painting is a hermit. The legend tells: "He met a hermit who instructed him in the Christian faith. Christopher asked him how he could serve Christ. When the hermit suggested fasting and prayer, Christopher replied that he was unable to perform that service. The hermit then suggested that because of his size and strength Christopher could serve Christ by assisting people to cross a dangerous river, where they were perishing in the attempt. The hermit promised that this service would be pleasing to Christ."
Philine: Many thanks, Philine!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Mar 2017, 13:56
Interesting stuff, that you presenting. Having grown up in an protestant environment, the only St Christopher that we knew, was a necklace ornament, favoured by many girls.
Philine: We know St. Christopher medals and plaques, I myself own one. Heel bedankt, Louis!
this is a beautiful painting of my patron saint of the traveler Philine...
i had a St. Christopher medal in first car and i still have it today....petersmile
The travelers friend

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