St. Andrew

November 30

Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints

St. Andrew
St. Andrew

St. Andrew was one of the fishermen of Bethsaida, and brother, perhaps elder brother, of St. Peter, and became a disciple of St. John Baptist. He seemed always eager to bring others into notice; when called himself by Christ on the banks of the Jordan, his first thought was to go in search of his brother, and he said, “We have found the Messias,” and he brought him to Jesus. It was he again who, when Christ wished to feed the five thousand in the desert, pointed out the little lad with the five loaves and fishes. St. Andrew went forth upon his mission to plant the Faith in Scythia and Greece, and at the end of years of toil to win a martyr’s crown. After suffering a cruel scourging at Patrae in Achaia, he was left, bound by cords, to die upon a cross. When St. Andrew first caught sight of the gibbet on which he was to die, he greeted the precious wood with joy. “O good cross!” he cried, “made beautiful by the limbs of Christ, so long desired, now so happily found! Receive me into thy arms and present me to my Master, that He Who redeemed me through thee may now accept me from thee.” Two whole days the martyr remained hanging on this cross alive, preaching, with outstretched arms from this chair of truth, to all who came near, and entreating them not to hinder his passion.


If we would do good to others, we must, like St. Andrew, keep close to the cross.

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This apostle was always eager to bring others into notice. He died on a cross in the form of an X. For two days he hung suffering upon the cross preaching to those who came to visit him.

The blessed Andrew prayed saying: Lord, King of eternal glory receive me hanging on this gibbet. — First Vespers, Antiphon 2

The Imitation of Christ
Then all the servants of the cross, who in their lifetime have conformed themselves to Him that was crucified shall come to Christ their Judge with great confidence.
This is St. Peter’s brother. You know a great deal more about his brother than about St. Andrew, and yet, it was Andrew who brought Peter to Christ the first time. He was that kind of man, always pushing others forward.
Whenever you can give another the credit for work that has been done in partnership, do so.
Honor to whom honor is due.