St Andrew, Apostle

St Andrew was one of the fishermen of Bethsaida, and a brother, perhaps elder brother, of St Peter. He became a disciple of St John the Baptist.

Nov 28, 2020

St Andrew was one of the fishermen of Bethsaida, and a brother, perhaps elder brother, of St Peter. He became a disciple of St John the Baptist. He seemed always eager to bring others into notice; when called himself by Christ on the banks of the Jordan, his first thought was to go in search of his brother, and he said, “We have found the Messiah,” and he brought him to Jesus.

It was he again who, when Christ wished to feed the five thousand in the desert, pointed out the little lad with the five loaves and fishes.

St Andrew went forth upon his mission to plant the Faith in Scythia and Greece, and at the end of years of toil to win a martyr’s crown.

After suffering a cruel scourging at Patræ in Achaia, he was left, bound by cords, to die upon a cross.

When St Andrew first caught sight of the gibbet on which he was to die, he greeted the precious wood with joy. “O good cross!” he cried, “made beautiful by the limbs of Christ, so long desired, now so hap pily found! Receive me into thy arms and present me to my Master, that He Who redeemed me through thee may now accept me from thee.”

Two whole days the martyr remained hanging on this cross alive, preaching, with  outstretched arms from this chair of truth, to all who came near, and entreating them not to hinder his passion. — CNA

Feastday: November 30

Patron Saint of


Achaia;
Amalfi, Italy; 
Anglers; 
Burgundy; 
Diocese of Constantinople; 
Fish dealers;
Fish mongers; 
Fishermen;
Gout; 
Greece; 
Lampertheim; 
Germany; 
Maidens;
Old maids; 
Patras, Greece; 
Russia; 
Scotland; 
Singers; 
Sore throats; 
Spinsters; 
University of Patras;
Unmarried women; 
Women who wish to become mothers.

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