Saint Andrew was the first disciple of Jesus. He was the younger brother of Saint Peter and was born in Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. The brothers were fishermen by trade. Jesus called them to be his disciples by saying that he would make them “fishers of men.”

The Gospel of John teaches us much about St. Andrew who was originally a disciple of St. John the Baptist. When John pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Andrew understood that Jesus was greater and immediately left John to follow Jesus. He visited in Jesus’ home and later brought his brother Simon Peter, who Jesus also called to be an apostle.

It is believed that Saint Andrew and Saint Peter continued their trade as fishermen until Christ called them to a closer relationship, and they left all things to follow Jesus. After Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, St. Andrew the Apostle preached the gospel in Asia Minor and in Scythia as far as Kiev.  Not much is mentioned in the Book of Acts regarding the life of Saint Andrew.

Saint Andrew was martyred by crucifixion at Patras in Achaea in Greece. Because St. Andrew deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross on which Christ had been crucified, he asked to be tied to a Crux decussata or an X shaped cross. The Apostle Andrew did not die right away but instead he was left to suffer for two days while he continued to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ until he finally died.

Although little is mentioned in the Book of Acts regarding the life of St. Andrew, much can be learned through St. Andrew’s life. He and Saint Peter gave up their lifelong careers and lifestyles, leaving everything behind, to follow Jesus. Their undying faith in a difficult world is an inspiration to all Christians.

His relics consist of a small finger, the top of his cranium and pieces of the cross. These are kept in a shrine at the Church of St. Andrew in Patras. Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland, Russia and Greece. Scots celebrate Saint Andrew’s Day around the world on the 30th of November. The flag of Scotland is the Cross of St. Andrew.

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  1. St Andrew I love you and everyone who is part of Christ. Please protect us all during these uncertain times, and lead us to Heaven. Amen

  2. Thank You…I never knew about the Scotland flag that symbolizes the crucification and that he was a former apostle to St. John The Baptist…wow great education too

  3. Not “of Russia”. The now known Russia is not the original “Rus”. Peter “the great” stole the name and renamed the KHANAT of Moscow into “Russia”.

    best regards,

    a Ukrainian

  4. The proper spelling of the Ukrainian capital is KYIV, not Kiev (which is the russian pronunciation). St Andrew’s statue stands over the center of Rus (as the Ukrainian above describes accurately), in Kyiv over the Dnipro which flows through the middle of the country. The muscovites stole the name of Rus’ as their own, even though they lived 854 km away.

  5. St Andrew you died for Christ please pray for us all to change our lives and come closer to Jesus and that every member of my family and extended family return to the faith and start going to Church every week. St. Andrew please pray to Jesus for Eliyana and Maritte’s healing. I pray for Ian and Dexter to change their lives for the better and I pray for my own child to find a good boy and marry into a good house where peace, love, joy and the Love of Christ reigns. I lift up Suanne please help her with her migration and everything works out well and that she will be able to settle down and take care of her parents – Amen.

  6. St Andrew, please hear the prayers of the under privilege people, the poor & hungry.
    Please make their lives easier on this earth. Graciously hear my prayers. Also help my
    children by sending the holy spirit to fill their lives with the knowledge & wisdom to live a life that can bring glory to our LORD – AMEN .

  7. O Glorious Saint Andrew,
    you were the first
    to recognize and follow
    the Lamb of God.
    With your friend Saint John
    you remained with Jesus
    for that first day,
    for your entire life,
    and now throughout eternity.
    As you led your brother
    Saint Peter to Christ
    and many others after him,
    draw us also to Him.
    Teach us to lead others
    to Christ solely out of love
    for Him and dedication
    in His service.
    Help us to learn
    the lesson of the Cross
    and to carry our daily crosses
    without complaint
    so that they may
    carry us to Jesus.

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