Today is the feast day for St. Andrew the Apostle on most liturgical calendars. Because he was an apostle and martyr, the liturgical colors for the day are red. The church where I worship most often is known as St. Andrew’s on the Hill, so there will be a special service this evening in recognition of their patron.
What do we know about Andrew? He was the first of the disciples called by Jesus and brought Simon Peter to him (that’s why his feast day is right at the beginning of the new Church Year). Most of the time you find him put in the group of twelve. In other places in the scriptures, he is linked primarily with his brother. In the Gospel of John, there are three references to Andrew acting independently (Jn. 1:35-42, 6:8f, & 12:20-22).
Tradition says that Andrew was martyred on an “X” shaped cross. His relics were brought to what is now known as Scotland to an area known as Fife (now St. Andrew’s). He is the patron saint of Scotland and you can still find the “X” shaped cross in their flag (the St. Andrew’s cross) and in the flags of other countries linked to Andrew.
There is plenty to read about him-
Lessons for the Day:
Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.