Friday, 21 August 2009
A saintly child?
Another stop en-route from Cornwall the other day was this place. A bit bigger than the hamlet of Bethany, but still with the instructions to drive safely. Sorry about the contrast in the picture, but you can just about see the man himself under the sign, no more saintly than the rest of us!
The village is not far from Summercourt where we spent last week and seems to have been named on account of the parish church, which was dedicated in the 13th century to the first Christian martyr. His story is told in Acts 6 & 7.
Christopher, our Stephen's middle name, is the only one of the children's given names not to appear in the bible. Early Christian legend about the saint tell of how he had to carry a small but heavy child across a river - the child was later revealed to be Jesus and Christopher, "lit. Christ bearer", became the patron saint of travellers.