St. Andrew, Apostle

 

 

Since Andrew’s day falls on November 30 near the advent of Advent, he often receives short shrift.  We are most likely to hear of him in connection with the British Open at St. Andrews golf course.

Initially, he was a disciple of John the Baptist.  John’s preaching brought him to recognize Jesus as the Christ.  According to John 1:40 he was the first of the disciples.  He immediately brought his brother Simon to Jesus.

When Jesus was confronted with five thousand hungry people, Andrew pointed out a boy who had five loaves and two fish.  Later when some Greeks wanted to see Jesus, Andrew, along with Philip, told Jesus.

Early church historian Eusebius quotes Origin (c.200) that Andrew preached in Asia Minor (Turkey) along the Black Sea as far as Volga and Kiev.  He was martyred by crucifixion in western Greece, perhaps on an X shaped cross.  He is held in special honor in Scotland, Greece, and Russia.

Prayer for Andrews Day

Almighty God, by Your grace the apostle Andrew obeyed the call of Your Son to be a disciple.  Grant us also to follow the same Lord Jesus Christ in heart and life, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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