St Andrew the Apostle

30 Nov 2023

In the synoptic Gospels, Andrew is a Galilean fisherman grouped with his brother, Peter, and with James and John in the inner circle of apostles; in John’s Gospel, he is the disciple of John the Baptist who is the first to follow Jesus and who brings his brother to the Lord.

Many traditions about Andrew come from the apocryphal second-century Acts of Andrew, which depicts him as a zealous missionary in the Black Sea region who is crucified — tied to an x-shaped cross — by the Roman governor.

Some early church historians also said he evangelized in Greece and Asia Minor.

He is the patron saint of Scotland, Russia, Greece and those who fish for a living.

Text: Catholic News Service,
Image: The Apostle St. Andrew by El Greco, circa 1600