St Christopher served in the Imperial Roman Army in the time of Emporer Decius, AD 249.
Out of his Christian Charity, spent sometime as a human ferry, carrying travelers across a river on his back.
In this icon he is shown carrying Christ over a river because once when St. Christopher was ferrying a small child on his back, he stopped because the child was heavier than anything he had ever carried before.
He said to the child, 'Had I borne the whole world on my back, it would not outweighed Thee". The child replied, "Marvel not, for you have borned upon your back the world and Him who created it".
The name Christopher means "Christ-Bearer" from the Greek and the Latin. He was tortured and beheaded on May 9, AD 255.
This icon was produced in a small monastery of the Eastern Orthodox Church in the beautiful southwest of Wisconsin USA. It is believe to be the largest selection of historical icons produced and distributed anywhere in the world.
Size : 14 x 20 cm