St. Andrew

November 30 is the Feast Day of St. Andrew, Apostle.

James Tissot, The Call of Simon and Andrew.

Biography of St. Andrew: He was born in Bethsaida, in Galilee, and worked as a fisherman. He may have been a disciple of St John the Baptist. He became one of the first to follow Jesus and introduced his brother, Simon Peter, to him. As one of the twelve Apostles he was widely venerated in ancient times, and became patron saint of Scotland because according to legend some of his bones were brought there and buried at the place where the town of St Andrew’s now stands.

Mark 1: 16-18  As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”  And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

St. Andrew in art: iconography. This page explains some of the symbols for St. Andrew: the wild hair, the long beard, a diagonal cross, and a book.


Wikimedia images of St. Andrew  Paintings | Stained Glass | Icons |

Sites with more information on St. Andrew:

BBC Religions St. Andrew

Franciscan Media St. Andrew

Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland

Catholic Online St. Andrew

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