Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Saint Andrew, Apostle and Martyr

Saint Andrew was a fisherman, the brother of Simon Peter and a former disciple of John the Baptist. Andrew, Peter, and John the Evangelist were the first disciples of Christ. Saint Andrew introduced his brother Peter to Jesus, saying, "We have found the Messiah" (Jn. 1:40-42).

Saint Andrew is said to have spread the Gospel in Russia and Asia Minor after Pentecost. He was crucified by the Romans in southern Greece on an X-shaped cross which is now his symbol (known as St. Andrew's cross).

Saint Andrew is the patron saint of anglers; fish dealers; fish mongers; fishermen; gout; maidens; old maids; singers; sore throats; spinsters; unmarried women; women who wish to become mothers.

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