Saint Andrew (the Apostle)
Born: 5 or 6 B.C. in Galilee, Roman Empire
Died: Mid to late 1st century
Venerated: All of Christianity
Canonized: Apostolic age by Pre-congregation
Feast Day: November 30
Patronages: Fishermen; Fish mongers; Rope Makers; Textile Workers; Singers; Miners; Pregnant Women; Butchers; Farm Workers; Protection Against Sore Throats; Protection Against Convulsions; Protection Against Fevers; Protection Against Whooping Cough
PLACES: Scotland; Barbados; Georgia; Ukraine; Russia; Sicily; Greece; Cyprus; Romania; Patras; Diocese of Paranaque; Telhado; Amalfi; Luqa (Malta); Prussia; Diocese of Victoria
Saint Andrew, the brother of Saint Peter, was a native of the town of Bethsaida in Galilee, and a fisherman by profession. Being first a disciple of Saint John the Baptist, he later joined Jesus, and also brought to Him his brother, Simon, with whom he became a member of the Apostolic College. After the dispersion of the Apostles, Saint Andrew preached the Gospel in Scythia, as we learn from Origen; and, as Sophronius says, also in Sogdiana and Colchis.
According to Theodoret, Saint Gregory Nazianzen, and Saint Jerome, he also labored in Greece. It is even believed that he carried the Gospel as far as Russia and Poland, and that he preached at Byzantium. He suffered martyrdom at Patras in Achaia, and, according to ancient authorities, by crucifixion on a cross in the form of an X.
The body of the Saint was taken to Constantinople in 357, and deposited in the Church of the Apostles, built by Constantine the Great. In 1270, when the city fell into the hands of the Latins, the relics were transported to Italy and deposited in the Cathedral of Amalfi.
PRAYER: Lord, You raised up Saint Andrew, Your Apostle, to preach and rule in Your Church. Grant that we may always experience the benefit of his intercession with You. Amen.