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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew was a fisherman and brother of Saint Peter. When they were called to serve Jesus, which is why he said he would make them "fishers of men".

November 30 is the feast day of Scotland’s patron saint St Andrew.

Artus Wolffort - St Andrew

Andrew became Scotland’s patron saint in 1320 with the Declaration Of Arbroath, submitted to Pope John XXII to confirm Scottish independence and the right to defend itself against the English.

He is the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Russia, Amalfi (Italy), singers, spinsters, fishmongers, fishermen, gout and sore throats.

Saint Andrew was crucified by being tied to an X-shaped cross in Greece on November 30th in 60 AD by order of Roman governor Aegeas. It is said that he preached for two days on the cross and Aegeas was driven mad when he died.

Crucifixion of St. Andrew, by Juan Correa de Vivar (1540 - 1545)

Part of St Andrew' skull and a finger are kept in a tomb in the Church of St Andrew in Patras, Greece.

 In AD 357, an angel is said to have told the Greek monk St Rule to take St Andrew’s remains to the “ends of the earth,” so he took them to Scotland, and where he came ashore was called St Andrews.



St Andrews has no apostrophe in its name because it was founded long before possessive apostrophes were introduced into English.

Source Daily Express

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