Friday, November 30, 2007

St. Andrew, Apostle

In my husbands family, St. Andrew holds a special place in their hearts, and therefore, mine too. I think it was about 9 years ago, maybe 10. My sister-in-law was eight months pregnant with her second child. Today is the anniversary of the day her son, Andrew, was stillborn. As you can imagine, this was especially hard for her, and out of respect for her, I'll leave it at that, except to tell you that she has been blessed by four more children after Andrew, and one miscarriage.

(1st century). Andrew was initially a disciple of John the Baptist's, and he first met Jesus at his baptism. He was called to be the first disciple of Christ's, and later brought Peter to Jesus (Peter was his brother). They followed Jesus off and on for awhile, but while fishing, Jesus called them to become "fishers of men". After the death of Jesus, he preached in Scythia and Greece, and some traditions have him preaching in Byzantium. One very old tradition says he was crucified at Patras, Acaia, on a X shaped cross. He is patron saint of Russia (one tradition tells of him preaching there, although it is not certain), and of Scotland (another tradition says some of his relics were brought there in the fourth century).

Photo Credit: Catholic Culture
All information taken from John J. Delaney's Pocket Dictionary of Saints

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