St. Andrew the Apostle
Feast day: November 30
Andrew was the son of a Galilean fisherman and the brother of Simon Peter. He lived in Capernaum and was a follower of St. John the Baptist before being called by Christ. He recognized Jesus as the Messiah and introduced him to his brother Simon Peter. With Peter, James the Elder and John, Andrew formed the inner circle of Jesus’ Apostles. Andrew went on to preach around the shores of the Black Sea and throughout what is now Greece and Turkey. He was martyred by crucifixion, being bound rather than nailed to a cross. He is patron of fishermen, and of Greece, Russia, and Scotland.
We humbly implore your majesty, O Lord,
that, just as the blessed Apostle Andrew
was for your Church a preacher and pastor,
so he may be for us a constant intercessor before you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.