He was born between: 5 – 10 A.D. in Bethsaida, Galilee (formally part of the Roman Empire)
He died in: 60 A.D. in Patras, Greece
Feast Day: 30th November
Patron Saint of: Fishermen, Singers, Scotland, Romania and Greece
“Come follow me” Jesus said “and I will make you fishers of men”.
The First Meeting
Andrew and his brother Simon, later to be called Peter, were fishermen. One day, they were preparing to cast their nets on the Sea of Galilee when they met Jesus for the first time.
He asked them to come and follow Him. Without hesitation they left everything and began to walk with Him. Andrew was a follower of St John the Baptist and so he already believed in the Word.
A few days later, Jesus was at the Sea of Tiberias. Andrew, who was known for bringing people to Jesus, saw many gathering around Him. They knew about His healing miracles and were keen to hear His words. Such was the size of the crowd and His concern for the people, Jesus asked how the people could be fed. At this point, Andrew stepped forward to tell Him that a small boy had brought 5 loaves and 2 fish. As we have read many times over the years, this episode is known as The Feeding of the 5,000.
Overtime, Andrew became a member of the inner circle who supported Christ. He was one of the closest Apostles to Him. It was Andrew, together with Peter, James and John who were on the Mount of Olives when Jesus spoke about the destruction of the Temple and the End Times, known as the Apocalypse.
After Jesus had ascended into heaven, Andrew travelled to Greece to preach Christianity. He came to the attention of the Roman Governor Aegeas who advised Andrew to stop talking about Jesus and all His good works. Aegeas believed in Roman Gods, not in the man called Jesus. When Andrew refused the order from Aegeas, he was arrested by the Romans in Patras.
Before he died, Andrew never thought of himself to be worthy of being martyred on the same type of cross as Jesus. He asked that he should be tied to a cross in the shape of an X. From this X shaped cross comes the flag of Scotland which is known as The Saltire and is the oldest flag of any country in the world.
“We have found the Messiah – the Christ”
Thank you for reading and God Bless,