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St. Andrew (November 30)

 
St. Andrew came from Bethsaida, a town in Galilee on the Lake of Genesareth. He became a disciple of St John the Baptist who sent him to see Jesus. After visiting the Lord, Andrew called his brother, Simon Peter, to come and meet the Messiah. Later, as Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw Peter and Andrew casting their nets into the sea. Jesus said, "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men."

 
Andrew accompanied Jesus throughout His public ministry, and his name appears in the story of the feeding of five thousand in the desert. After the death of Christ, he labored as a missionary in Scythia, Greece, and in Turkey and established the Church of Constantinople. He was crucified on an X-shaped cross at Patras, Acaia. St Andrew is the patron saint of Russia and Scotland.

 

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