Illuminated Manuscript digitally painted by Capio Lumen. This painting is available as a limited edition pigmented ink jet print. Each print is numbered, dated and signed by the artist. This Giclée print, French for inkjet, is printed using Epson archival pigmented inks on fine art paper. The print is “light fast” for 100 years when kept under glass and out of direct sunlight. It is available in these four print sizes.
6.5 X 8.5 Unmated: with a print size of 5.5 X 7.0 ($20.00)
11 X 14 Archival Matted: with a print size of 6.75 X 8.5 ($50.00)
16 X 19 Framed: with a print size 6.25 X 8.0 ($100.00)
24 X 30 Unmated: with a print size of 21 X 27 ($300.00)
Prayer To St. Christopher in English ©2021
Da mihi Domine
Grant me, O Lord, a steady hand and watchful eye, that no one shall be hurt as I pass by.
Thou gavest life, I pray no act of mine may take away or mar that gift of Thine.
Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear my company from the evils of fire and all calamity.
About this painting
In this is a simple prayer asking St. Christopher for help from misfortune, for safe travel and shelter.
Inside the capitol “D” we see St. Christopher carrying the Christ Child across a river. He is positioned as if he were stepping out of the stylized highly capitalized “D” that surrounds him. In both the capital “D” and “A” we see elements of good symbolized by golden wings and bad symbolized by a serpent. The two letters “D-A” along with “mihi Domine” are Latin that translates to “Grant me, O Lord”.
The name "Christopher" means Christ-bearer, he is believed to be martyred in the 3rd century. 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. Legend has it that St. Christopher was an extremely tall, a man of significant physical stature and strength. He devoted himself to Jesus by helping travelers cross a dangerous river. One day a child asked to ride on Christopher's shoulders across the river, but the infant seemed to grow heavier and heavier with every step. When they arrived on the opposite shore, 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. By the Middle Ages, Saint Christopher became one of the most popular patron saints for travelers.
St. Christopher Feast Day in The Eastern Orthodox Church is May 9th . Liturgical readings on this day, refer to a Roman Emperor Decius 249 to 251 who tempts Christopher with wealth and prostitutes before ordering his beheading. His feast day is celebrated on July 25th in western Christian churches.
Symbolism in this Painting
A brief explanation of the symbolism in this painting:
In both the capital “D” and “A” we see elements of good symbolized by golden wings and bad symbolized by a serpent. Within border art on both the left and right sides overlapping the stylized capital “D” and “A” are depictions of the white Saint. Christopher swamp lily. This plant as the name applies is originally found on the edges of rivers, other bodies of fresh water. The white rose is a symbol Christ’s purity. An acanthus vine surrounding the text and the thistles that are nestled within the vine are symbols of earthly sin and sorrow. Angels who are represented by butterflies with open wings incircle the design guided by the star map which can be seen in the background behind all the other elements. The butterfly is a symbol for the cycles of life; caterpillar, chrysalis and finally, the butterfly. The bees and ants that are scattered throughout the composition are used because of their industrious habits, as symbols of activity, diligence, work, and good order. The spots of the seven-spot ladybug symbolize Mary’s Seven Joys and Seven Sorrows.
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