About St. Christopher Pendants
Cherished by pilots, sailors, and other travelers, St. Christopher pendants have a fascinating history behind the familiar image. Few facts exist about St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, whose name means Christ-bearer. He was a Christian martyr who perished in 251 A.D. under the reign of the Roman Emperor Decius, a virulently anti-Christian ruler. Silver, rhodium, stainless steel, and gold St. Christopher pendants depict the saint carrying a small child on his shoulders. According to legend, Christopher carried a child, who was actually Christ, across the river. The child was extraordinarily heavy, signifying the weight of the world. These medals show the saint using a tall walking stick while crossing the river, as well as the child's head crowned with a halo. Many of these medals feature a border with the phrase 'Saint Christopher Protect Us.' St. Christopher pendants come in solid oval or circular medals or with three-dimensional figures set in a cutout medal. For contemporary or vintage St. Christopher pendants, look to the vast inventory on eBay for the wide variety of styles available. You may prefer to hang your medal from a metal chain, soft leather, or even a slender ribbon combined with a tiny cross.