The Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle

St. Andrew the Apostle

St. Andrew the Apostle El Greco 1606 - Oil on Canvas Museo del Greco - Toledo

Andrew was born in Bethsaida in Galilee, son of Jona and brother of Simon Peter. The three were fishermen on Lake Tiberius (the Sea of Galilee).

Andrew first met Jesus in Bethany where John the Baptist was baptizing. John 1:35-42 tells the story of Jesus walking by with 2 disciples and Andrew recognized Him as the Savior saying, “Look, this is the Lamb of God.” Andrew went to tell his brother right away and brought him to Jesus. The brothers kept on with their fishing at that time, but when John was imprisoned and Jesus went to live in Capernaum, the two “dropped their nets immediately and followed Him.” Mt. 4:17-20

From then on, Andrew is not mentioned individually in the Gospel (though he was the one who told Jesus about the boy with the 5 loaves and two fishes in the feeding of the 5000, Jn. 6:8).

After the crucifixion, tradition says Andrew carried the Gospel into districts around the Black Sea and died at Patras in Achaia on an X-shaped cross. This kind of cross was named after him.

Andrew is the patron saint of fishermen and women wishing to have children.

Source: Lives of the Saints by Omer Englebert

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