+ Sacred Scripture tells us that Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was a fisherman and that he was also a disciple of Saint John the Baptist.
+ Andrew is often called the Protoclete—the “First-Called”—because he is remembered as the first of the Apostles to have said “yes” to Jesus’ invitation to follow. The Gospel of John also tells us that after Andrew heard John the Baptist call Jesus “the Lamb of God,” he introduced his brother to Jesus (cf. John 1:36-40).
+ Andrew demonstrated his faith when he brought Jesus the boy with five barley loaves and two fish, the simple elements that Jesus transformed into enough food to feed the multitude (cf. John 6:8-9).
+ Andrew was with Jesus on the mountain at the Transfiguration and was also with him in the Garden of Gethsemane during his final hours.
+ According to ancient tradition, Andrew preached in the Gospel in several places after Pentecost. Andrew is said to have been martyred in Patras, Greece, by being crucified on a cross in the form of an X.
+ Saint Andrew is honored as the patron saint of fishermen and fish mongers, as well as various places, including Austria, Greece, Russia, Scotland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Ukraine, along with many other dioceses and cities.
On November 30, the Church also celebrates the memory of Saint Sapor. While serving as the bishop of Bet-Nicator (a town in Persia), he was known for his success in winning converts to the Christian Faith. He was denounced for interfering with traditional Zoroastrian religious practices and was also suspected of having been a collaborator with the Roman Empire. He was condemned to death by King Shapur II and was executed with other Christians in 339.
“Andrew’s words—‘We have found the Messiah’—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.”—Saint John Chrysostom
The saint in art
Because of the tradition that he was crucified on a X-shaped cross, Andrew is often depicted with this symbol, as well as a basket of fish, recalling his work as a fisherman.
We humbly implore your majesty, O Lord,
that, just as the blessed Apostle Andrew
was for your Church a preacher and pastor,
so he may be for us a constant intercessor before you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Prayer from The Roman Missal)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.