- Saints Name & Birth,
Death, Feast Day
- The Saint for this
weeks study is St. Andrew The Apostle
- Main Bio – Life
- Birth date unknown –
Born at Bethsaida - same area as his brother – St. Peter the Apostle
- Nothing known of his
- Was a fisherman who
worked with his brother Peter (Simon)
- Became a disciple of
St. John The Baptist.
- St. John The Baptist
lead Andrew to Johns cousin – Jesus.
- St. Andrew immediately
saw when introduced to Jesus that Jesus was greater than John
- John introduced Andrew
to Jesus – “Behold the Lamb Of God” Andrew knew this was his divine
- Andrew eventually
introduced his brother Simon (Peter) to Jesus.
- After Pentecost it is
believed that St. Andrew went out to preach the Gospel in Greece, Asia
Minor, Scythia, Thrace, Russia and Epirus. (Scythia - An ancient
region of Eurasia extending from the mouth of the Danube River on the
Black Sea to the territory east of the Aral Sea. Thrace was an ancient
civilization near modern day Turkey , Bulgaria & Greece)
- Eventually he was
martyred by being tied to a saltire cross. (X shaped) – St. Andrew
continued to preach from this cross for two days until he died. (A.D.
- Remember that these
early Christians were barely tolerated by the Roman officials. It was
only after they had had enough of these men preaching against the
various religions of the Romans that these men were killed for their
faith. The Early Christians were considered a cult by the Romans. They
were astounded at the motivation of the apostles in the evangelization
efforts. We can thank the Holy Spirit for this. (Pentecost)
- Illustrations of St.
Andrew usually depict him as an old white haired man with the Gospel
in one hand and leaning on a saltire cross.
- St. Andrew's relics
were translated from Patrae to Constantinople, and deposited in the
church of the Apostles there, about A.D. 357.
- When Constantinople
was taken by the French, in the beginning of the thirteenth century,
Cardinal Peter of Capua brought the relics to Italy and placed them in
the cathedral of Amalfi, where most of them still remain.
- St. Andrew is honored
as their chief patron by Russia and Scotland.
Some peculiar marriage-related
superstitions have attached themselves to Saint Andrew's feast day.
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- An old German
tradition says that single women who wish to marry should ask for Saint
Andrew's help on the Eve of his feast, then sleep naked that night; they
will see their future husbands in their dreams.
- Another says that
young women should note the location of barking dogs on Saint Andrew's
Eve: their future husbands will come from that direction.
- On the day after
Andrew's feast, young people float cups in a tub; if a boy's and a
girl's cup drift together and are intercepted by a cup inscribed
"priest", it indicates marriage.
There are several
explanations for why Andrew became the patron of Scotland.
- In 345, Emperor Constantine the Great decided to
translate Andrew's bones from Patras to Constantinople. Saint Regulus
was instructed by an angel to take many of these relics to the far
northwest. He was eventually told to stop on the Fife coast of Scotland,
where he founded the settlement of Saint Andrew.
- In the 7th century, Saint Wilfrid brought some of
the saint's relics with him after a pilgrimage to Rome. The Scots king,
Angus MacFergus, installed them at Saint Andrew's to enhance the
prestige of the new diocese.
- When the Pictish King Angus faced a large invading
army, he prayed for guidance. A white cloud in the form of a saltire
cross floated across the blue sky above him. Angus won a decisive
victory, and decreed that Andrew would be the patron saint of his
country. Following Robert Bruce's victory at the Battle of
Bannockburn in 1314, the Declaration of Arbroath officially named
Saint Andrew the patron saint of Scotland. The Saltire became the
national flag of Scotland in 1385.
- The enthusiasm with which Andrew followed the call
of Jesus teaches us:
- That we should, on the spot, give ear to God
when He inspires us with a good thought, or calls us to a better
course of life.
- In order to pursue God’s voice, we must shed all
desires for worldly goods, and even leave our parents, if they should
prove a impediment to us.
- (Matthew 10:37) "he that loveth father or
mother more than Me is not worthy of Me."
- This is what is so fascinating about the Saints.
They heard God calling them and showed us how to follow them to God.
- No matter what evils where in their past life,
once forgiven, they were fiercely driven because they realized the
consequences of how they lived their lives.
- Great example for Christians. These Saints are
teaching us how to answer Gods call.
- A Prayer to Saint Andrew The Apostle
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
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.
Constantinople, diocese of
Encinasola, Huelva, Spain
Grand Rapids, Michigan, diocese of
Spanish armed forces
University of Patras
Women who wish to become mothers
- Feast Day
- Conclusions –
Interesting notes about their life or sainthood
Andrew had stayed with Jesus and had learned much from him, he did not
keep this treasure to himself, but hastened to share it with his brother
Peter. Notice what Andrew said to him: "We have found the Messiah, that is
to say, the Christ." Notice how his words reveal what he has learned in so
short a time. They show the power of the master who has convinced them of
this truth. Andrew's words reveal a soul waiting with the utmost longing
for the coming of the Messiah, looking forward to his appearing from
heaven, rejoicing when he does appear, and hastening to announce to great
an event to others. To support one another in the things of the spirit is
the true sign of good will between brothers, loving kinship and sincere
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