The Crusader Knights Templar and Hospitaller Knights brought back these testimonies of the saints to England during their Crusades. I found this Christian wall painting on my Holy Quest around Englands Churches, this church was a thousand years old, and was visited by the Knights Templar as most of the churches in England were, some have suggested that these paintings were done by them.
According ancient Christian writings Christopher was a Canaanite 12 cubits (18 ft) tall and with a fearsome face.
Christopher the Canaanite took it into his head to go and serve the greatest king there was. the king of Canaan,
He went to the king who was reputed to be the greatest, but one day he saw the king cross himself at the mention of the devil.
On thus learning that the king feared the devil, he departed to look for the devil. He came across a band of men, one of whom declared himself to be the devil, so Christopher decided to serve him.
But when he saw this devil avoid a cross by the road and saw the fear on the devil face at Christ’s cross , he left him and enquired from people where to find Christ. He met a man who instructed him in the Christian faith.
Christopher asked him how he could serve Christ. When the man suggested fasting and prayer, Christopher replied that he was unable to perform that service. (Christopher did not like organized religion.)
The man then suggested that because of his size and strength Christopher could serve Christ by assisting people to cross a dangerous river, where many were perishing in the attempt. The man promised that this service would be pleasing to Christ.
After Christopher had performed this service for some time, a little child asked him to take him across the river. During the crossing, the river became swollen and the child seemed as heavy as lead, so much that Christopher could scarcely carry him and found himself in great difficulty.
When he finally reached the other side, he said to the child: “You have put me in the greatest danger. I do not think the whole world could have been as heavy on my shoulders as you were.” The child replied: “You had on your shoulders not only the whole world but him who made it. I am Christ your king, whom you are serving by this work.” The child then vanished
Christopher later visited the city of Lycia and there comforted the Christians who were being martyred. Christopher was brought before the king, Christopher refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods.
The king tried to win him by riches and by sending two beautiful women to tempt him. Christopher converted the women to Christianity, as he had already converted thousands in the city. The king ordered him to be killed. Various attempts failed, but finally Christopher was martyred by being decapitated.
This testimony of St Christopher was brought back by the Knights Templars to England from the crusades. Christopher’s testimony has been added to and corrupted over the centuries, but this simple testimony continues to be a blessing to many, for it points people to Jesus Christ.