Christophorus (St. Christopher), feast on July 25, historical figure. Legend has it that this pagan figure of allegedly gigantic stature was baptized while guiding pilgrims across a river and carrying the child Jesus on his shoulders. St. Christopher was often depicted on façades of houses or churches so that the child Jesus could easily be seen even from some distance. Patron of boatmen, ferrymen, car drivers, against unexpected death.
Literature#G. Benker, C., 1975; Die 14 Nothelfer, so zu Anger und in den Alpenlaendern, Anger 1993.