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Saint Andrew the Apostle
About Saint Andrew the Apostle
Andrew knew immediately upon meeting Jesus Christ for the very first time that Jesus was the Savior. Andrew also knew he must not keep this information a secret and must share this information right away. Andrew quickly brought his brother to meet Jesus.
This is important because Andrew’s brother was Simon. Simon also became an apostle and later became known as Peter (”…upon this rock I will build my church…”). Andrew, like his brother, was one of the 12 apostles. Initially, Andrew met St. John the Baptist and met Jesus through him.
Andrew was the very first person to abandon everything he had in his life – his possessions, his work, to follow Jesus Christ as the Savior. Since Andrew was a fisherman when John the Baptist introduced him to Jesus, Jesus told Andrew (and his brother Simon Peter) they would become, "fishers of men."
Like Jesus Christ, Andrew was also crucified on a cross. However, unlike Jesus, Andrew was bound (not nailed). This was done to prolong his suffering. When Andrew was to be crucified, he insisted that he was not worthy enough to be crucified on the same cross as Jesus Christ. Andrew's cross, instead, was in the form of an X. This is often known as St. Andrew's Cross.
St. Andrew is the patron saint of Russia, Romania and Scotland. He spent a great portion of his adult life traveling between Greece and the area known today as Russia and Romania converting many to Christianity. Saint Andrew is also the patron saint for all fishing related industry, and he is sometimes portrayed with fishing nets. St. Andrew is the patron saint for all single women, and is also the patron saint against illnesses like gout and sore throats! Saint Andrew is also the patron saint of Army Rangers, mariners, rope-makers, singers and performers.
Like he did with his brother, St. Andrew is often thought of as a person who “brings others to Jesus,” so it is very appropriate to consider someone a follower of St. Andrew if they help bring people to the church and to Jesus Christ.
Later in life, St. Andrew the Apostle performed several miracles, including freeing the disciple Matthias from shackles in prison and raising a women's son from the dead. He was a tireless worker spreading the gospel and the belief in God, and was responsible for converting many people to Christianity.
The feast of St. Andrew is celebrated each year on November 30, although this is sometimes celebrated on the first Sunday in Advent. November 30 was the day Saint Andrew the Apostle was crucified.