St. Andrew Biography
Not much is known about St. Andrew before he became
a disciple of John
the Baptist and then met Jesus. St. Andrew is also
known as Andreas which is the Greek variation of his
St. Andrew and his brother, Simon Peter, were fishermen.
When Jesus first met them, He said that he would make
them "fishers of men".
St. Andrew Believes Jesus Is the Messiah
St. Andrew believed Jesus was the Messiah as soon as
he met Him. Upon realizing this, St. Andrew brought
his brother to meet Jesus. The two brothers left everything
they had behind to become disciples of Jesus.
St. Andrew Death
St. Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross known
as Crux decussate. This cross has come to be known as
St. Andrew's cross and is depicted on much St. Andrew
jewelry. He was crucified in this way because he did
not believe he was worthy enough to be crucified in
the same way Jesus was. It is believed St. Andrew was
nailed to the cross and hung there for two days before
he died. As St. Andrew was nailed to the cross, he proclaimed,
"O good Cross, so long desired and now set up for
my longing soul I confident and rejoicing come to you;
exultingly receive me, a disciple of Him who hung on
St. Andrew Patron Saint
St. Andrew is the patron saint of many countries and
Italy - fishermen
Burgundy, Constantinople - fish dealers, fish
mongers, fishermen, gout
Greece, Lampertheim, Germany - maidens, old maids
Greece, Russia, Scotland - singers, sore throats,
spinsters, University of Patras, unmarried women who
wish to be mothers
Saint Andrew Feast Day
St. Andrew's Feast Day is celebrated on November 30
in both the Western and Eastern Churches. It is also
Scotland's National Day.
Many Christians wear the St. Andrew medal in remembrance
of one of Christ's first apostles. They pray to St.
Andrew to strengthen their faith and become close to
just as St. Andrew was. The St. Andrew gold medal is
an ideal gift for any religious occasion or as a gift
to someone who is a mariner, in the Army Rangers, a
performer, or a fisherman.