Saint Andrew the Apostle
November 30th — Feast Day
Liturgical Color: Red
Patron Saint of Scotland, Greece, fishermen, sailors, and spinsters
Saint Andrew was one of the apostles appointed by Christ during the first century. He was a fisherman in Northern Israel and lived along the shores of Galilee, where many of the miracles of Jesus took place. Today, we celebrate his feast day on November 30 as the Patron Saint of fishermen, sailors, spinsters, Greece, and Scotland. On this day of celebration, the priest wears the liturgical color red to symbolize his martyrdom and crucifixion.
As the first disciple, Saint Andrew preached about Christ and His teachings throughout the Black Sea and Greece. In Greece Saint Andrew was told to cease the spread of his religion. When he refused, he was sentenced to a brutal death by crucifixion in Patras.
Despite his content life as a fisherman, Saint Andrew wanted more. When Jesus called him to be an apostle, he did not hesitate to leave his old life and enter a new one with Jesus. During their time together, he witnessed many miracles, which he did not stop preaching about until the day of his death.
SAINT ANDREW’S PRAYERS
O Glorious St. Andrew, you were the first to recognize and follow the Son of God.
With your friend, St. John, you remained with Jesus, for your entire life,
and now throughout eternity. Just as you led your brother, St Peter,
to Christ and many others after him, draw us also to Him. Teach us how to lead them,
solely out of love for Jesus and dedication to His service. Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross
and carry our daily crosses without complaint, so that they may carry us to God the Almighty Father. Amen.
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