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About Saint Andrew


Andrew (the name means "manly"), brother of Peter, was born in Bethsaida, a village in Galilee. He was the first apostle to follow Christ (John 1:35-40), and his name regularly appears near the head of the lists of the apostles. Perhaps his greatest work was to bring his brother Simon Peter to the Lord. After Pentecost he is said to have preached in Palestine, Scythia, Epirus, and Thrace.

A late and rather unreliable tradition says that he was martyred on November 30, ca. 70 at Patras in Achaia, Greece. The tradition that he was crucified on an X-shaped cross was popular in the 15th century; the earliest examples are from the 10th century. He was martyred, legend has it, for defying the proconsul Aegeas who ordered him to stop preaching and to sacrifice to the gods.

The commemoration of St. Andrew takes place on November 30th, and this day in the life of the church determines the beginning of the church year, since the First Sunday in Advent is the Sunday nearest to the Festival of St. Andrew.
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