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Is it okay for a Christian to wear a st christoper pendant

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  1. Marc94

    Marc94 New Member

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    Got given a necklace with a st Christopher pendant.
    Thing is I’m Christian not Catholic
    Is this okay ?
     
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    Josho Millennial Christian Staff Member

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    I don't see anything wrong with it, St Christopher is Christian Saint, he was not only venerated by the Catholics, but also Orthodox, Lutherans and Anglicans. Both Catholics and other Christian denominations regard him as a Christian Saint. I have not read too much into St Christopher, but he was martyred.

    Perhaps someone else here may be able to tell you more about him, maybe @Philip James or @theefaith
     
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    Marc94 New Member

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    Yeah I’m Protestant got one as a gift really like it but not sure if I should wear and if it’s Catholic
     
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    a clean skin has the advantage.....it doesn't need the baggage associated with charms or superstitions.
     
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    TLHKAJ Well-Known Member

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    Your replies will depend on who is replying. A catholic is going to tell you to wear it. Scripture tells us not to make graven images. What would be the purpose in wearing it? Who's being elevated? Christ, or Christopher?
     
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    devin553344 Well-Known Member

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    This saint is famous for a strange account if you can believe it where he carried a little child across a river. The child turned heavy and he almost drown. When he got across the child revealed himself as the Christ and then the child vanished. It seems like a folk tale of sorts and probably not true as Jesus hasn't returned to the earth at that time.
     
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    I guess the question it implies, is, Whose mediation are you relying on?

    I don't necessarily think all jewelry is a no-no; depends on what the design signifies, really, I guess....
     
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    @devin553344 It's tradition - which can be misleading - rather than Biblical....
     
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    Hi @devin553344 It's a bit like with a tattoo really, right?

    Like, a tattoo signifying military service or referring to John 3.16 is vastly different from one of the virgin Mary, with all that this implies....

    cc @TLHKAJ
     
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    theefaith Well-Known Member

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    Christofer means Christ bearer!

    Saint Christopher is one of the most popular Catholic Christian heroes of the Faith. He is a saint, indeed listed as a martyr. He may have also been named Reprobus. He apparently died under the Roman Emperor Decius, in 251 AD. Most Catholics refer to him as Saint Christopher anyway, and his medals and the popular devotions to him are among the most common in Catholic piety.

    Other than his listing as a martyr, there are no primary sources referring to St. Christopher, only stories and traditions which have been passed down.

    According to these accounts, St. Christopher was extremely tall, and by some accounts he was even a giant! He was surely a man of significant physical stature. But, more importantly, he was a spiritual giant and a sure model and inspiration for the Christian faithful.

    Christopher decided one day that he wanted to serve the greatest king he could. He presented himself before his local ruler and entered service, until he noticed the king cross himself at the mention of the devil, revealing that the king believed the Devil to have more power.

    St. Christopher then decided to serve the Devil. During his search, he encountered a band of thieves, whose leader referred to himself as the Devil. But when this leader avoided a Christian cross out of fear, St. Christopher learned there was someone even more powerful than the Devil.

    St. Christopher found a hermit who taught him all about Christ, the King of Kings. The hermit suggested that he spend his life in prayer and fasting, a thing which St. Christopher, a large and probably often hungry man found difficult, he objected. The hermit suggested he then find something else that would please Christ. St. Christopher offered to work at a nearby river, and help travelers across. The fording was dangerous and many with less strength people had drowned. The hermit advised St. Christopher this would please Christ.

    One day, a child approached St. Christopher by the river and asked to be helped across. St. Christopher obliged. However, as he entered midstream, the river rose and the child's weight grew and became extremely heavy. It was only by great exertion that St. Christopher safely delivered the child to the other side.

    When St. Christopher asked the child why he was so heavy, the child explained that He was the Christ and when St. Christopher carried Him, he also carried the weight of the whole world on his shoulders. The child then vanished.

    Other legends state that St. Christopher traveled after this experience and evangelized thousands of people. Arriving in Lycia in Asia Minor, and witnessing to Christians there who were being martyred. At that time, St. Christopher was detained and ordered to offer a sacrifice to the emperor. When he refused, it was decided to attempt to persuade him with money and women. Two women were sent to seduce him, but instead he converted them to Christianity.

    After this, it was decided to have him killed, but various attempts to assassinate him failed. Eventually, he was arrested and beheaded.

    The name "Christopher" means Christ-bearer, and may allude to the legend of the man carrying the Christ Child across the river. Saint Christopher also did not become popularized in the Church until the 7th century, about three centuries after his supposed death. We know of his popularity because around the 7th century, churches and monasteries began to be named after him. This adds credibility to the supposition that St. Christopher was merely a legendary figure and not a real person.

    There is also speculation that St. Christopher could have also been confused with St. Menas, an Egyptian saint. Both Christopher and Menas are referred to as "Christ bearers" and are patrons of travelers.

    St. Christopher is the patron saint of travelers and of children. His feast day is July 25. Because he is not officially recognized by the Church, he has no date of beatification or canonization. Despite these technicalities, it is widely thought that he was real and that he continues to intercede on behalf of Christians, especially children, today.
     
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    Saint Philomena
    Philomena – which means “daughter of light” – was a Greek princess who lived on the Island of Corfu during the fourth century. When Philomena was about 13 years old, her parents (who were of Greek royalty) were called to Rome because the Emperor Diocletian wanted to inflict war on the Island. Having seen Philomena’s beauty and having been impressed with her manners, Diocletian asked for her hand in marriage as a sort of peace treaty. Her parents accepted the offer, but because Philomena had vowed her virginity to God, she refused the marriage proposal.

    In an attempt to get Philomena to marry the Emperor, her parents brought her to Diocletian, who tried to win her favor. But, she still refused his hand in marriage. As a result, Diocletian put her in jail and ordered her to be executed. While in jail, she had a vision of the Virgin Mary, who warned her about her fate, but promised heavenly glory and protection when she endured tortures.

    From that point on, there is very little documented about Philomena’s life. What is known about her has been passed down through the centuries by word of mouth. Apparently, after nearly 40 days in prison, Philomena was tied to a post, flogged, and left to die in her jail cell. But angels appeared from heaven and healed her wounds with a miraculous balm. So, the Emperor then ordered to have her drowned with an anchor tied to her neck. That attempt to kill her was also unsuccessful – angels returned her back to dry land completely unharmed. Later, she was ordered to be killed by archers. But, as she was shot, the arrows returned upon the bowmen and killed them instead. Accused of witchcraft, Philomena was finally decapitated and died in Rome, Italy on August 10.

    On May 24, 1802, the remains of a teenage girl was discovered in the Catacombs of Saint Priscilla at the Via Salaria in Rome. An inscription containing the Latin words “pax tecum filumena” (transcribed as “peace be with you, Philomena”) was on the tomb. Also cut on the tomb were emblems of a lily and palm (to indicate virginity and martyrdom); an anchor; scourge; and three arrows pointing in opposite directions (one with a curved line, signifying fire). Combined with the inscription, these symbols were thought to have symbolized the life of Philomena and the different tortures she endured in testimony of her faith and love of Jesus Christ.
     
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    I think I had a vision of the virgin Mary once and she was presented as Heavenly Mother. But it wasn't spelled out who she was. But I had just attended Catholic Mass for the first few times in my life. It was an awesome vision that left me with a deep and powerful fruits of the Holy Spirit that lasted for hours, peace and love.

    I won't get any tatoos for God as I don't think he wants me to do that. Only my military service. Perhaps someday, but not now.
     
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    If you are not Catholic, then do not wear it. Read Psalm 121 instead.
     
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    as long as you don't find it sacremental.
     
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    what does it imply? Please
     
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    @Cassandra I find the tattoo analogy quite interesting and even compelling: a tattoo signifying military service or referring to John 3.16 is vastly different from one of the virgin Mary, with all that this implies....
     
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    what’s wrong with sacramentals?
     
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    It is just a cast of St. Christopher.
     
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    Wear it once so that the person who gifted it to you will see that you appreciate the gesture.

    Afterwards, in a subtle way, stop wearing.
     
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    @devin553344 So one enough for you for the time being, then, right?
     
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