Mark 1:16-20 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
The feast day of St. Andrew will be celebrated on Nov. 30. Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter. He was a fisherman and a follower of St. John the Baptist. When he heard the call of Jesus, he immediately left everything and followed Him.
After the ascension of Jesus to heaven, Andrew went to Greece to preach the gospel. In the year 70 he became a martyr. He was put to death on a cross to which he was tied, not nailed. It was a cross in the form of an X, which is now called “St. Andrew’s Cross”. He lived for two days, suffering, yet still preaching the gospel.
Three countries have chosen St. Andrew as their patron: Russia, Scotland and Greece. He is also the patron of fishermen.
St. Andrew’s relics are kept at the Basilica of St. Andrew in Patras, Greece.
The following hymn may be sung to the melody of ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’.
Armed with boldness for the battle, Andrew fought for Jesus’ Name. Called by him, the man of courage Humbly won undying fame. For he preached the Cross of mercy From his heart with love aflame.
Glory be to God the Father, Son and Spirit evermore. With the twelve who lead our praises, Praise the Lord; one God adore. For the boldness of our battle Is the praise in heaven’s war.