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Who was St. Andrew?

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

people.”

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.

After Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, St. Andrew preached the gospel in Asia Minor and in Scythia as far as Kiev.  Not much is mentioned in the Book of Acts regarding his life.

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.

Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland, Russia and Greece. St. Andrew's Day is November 30th. The flag of Scotland is the Cross of St. Andrew.

 

St. Andrew’s has the first disciple called by Jesus as its patron saint. 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 people.”

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.

After Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, St. Andrew 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.

Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland, Russia and Greece. St. Andrew's Day is November 30th. The flag of Scotland is the Cross of St. Andrew.