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The Feast of Saint Andrew: Celebrating the Apostle & Martyr

Articles | November 30, 2023 | by Catholics for Catholics

On November 30th, Catholics around the world celebrate the feast of St. Andrew. Known as a fisherman from Bethsaida, he was also the brother of Simon Peter. St. Andrew is believed to have spread Christianity in both Russia and Asia Minor after Pentecost in the first century. He was later crucified by the Romans on an X-shaped cross, which has since become his symbol as well as the symbol of Scotland, where he is celebrated as the patron saint.

Andrew’s love for his brother and apostolic zeal were evident in his actions when he found out that Jesus was the Messiah. “Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, ‘we have found the Messiah.’ Then he brought him to Jesus.” (Jn. 1:40-42)

While some of St. Andrew’s remains were brought to Scotland in the fourth century, other parts of his skeleton are kept in the crypt of the cathedral in Amalfi, Italy. Twice a year, these remains produce a clear, water-like substance known as “manna,” which is believed to possess miraculous properties.

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