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Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle

November 30 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

The brother of St. Peter, St. Andrew was a Christian Apostle, revealed to be one of St. John the Baptist’s disciples in the Gospel of John. When Christ was walking by, John the Baptist exclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” which led to St. Andrew’s decision to become a follower of Christ.

According to John 6:8, St. Andrew was the disciple to tell Jesus about the boy with the loaves and fish. He was also present at the Last Supper, but besides this, little else is mentioned about him.

After the Ascension of Christ, it is said that St. Andrew ventured to present-day Turkey and Greece to spread the Good News. In Patras, Greece, he was martyred. St. Andrew is believed to have requested that he be crucified on a cross known as “crux decussata” with his wrists tied rather than nailed so as to be crucified in a different manner than Christ. This cross, which we today refer to as the cross of St. Andrew, is shaped as an X. It is most famously found on the flag of Scotland.

Today, relics of St. Andrew can be found in Scotland, Italy, Greece, as well as other parts of the world. Most notably, parts of his skeleton remain in a crypt in Amalfi, Italy, which is removed twice a year. Each time, it produces a clear, water like substance that has miraculous attributes. In Patras, Greece, relics such as his skull and cross can be found.

Christmas Anticipation Prayer

Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle’s feast day, November 30, the following beautiful prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This is a very meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming.

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, 
[here mention your request]
through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.


November 30
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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