Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle


We have found the Messiah!

– St. Andrew

On this day my parish, and many others around the world, celebrate the feast of their patron Saint Andrew the Apostle.

St. Andrew was a native of Bethsaida in Galilee, a fisherman by trade, and a former disciple of John the Baptist. He was the one who introduced his brother Peter to Jesus, saying, “We have found the Messiah.” Overshadowed henceforth by his brother, Andrew nevertheless appears again in the Gospels as introducing souls to Christ. After Pentecost, Andrew took up the apostolate on a wider scale, and is said to have been martyred at Patras in southern Greece on a cross which was in the form of an “X”. This type of cross has long been known as “St. Andrew’s cross.”

via Catholic Culture : Liturgical Year.

Read the Bible at Mass

First Reading: Romans 10:9-18 (DRB w/ Haydock Commentary)

Brothers and sisters:

…If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved. The scripture says,

“No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and bestows his riches upon all who call upon him. For,

“every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written,

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!”

But they have not all obeyed the gospel; for Isaiah says,

“Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”

So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ. But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have; for

“Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” (RSV)

Responsorial: Psalm 19[18]:8-11 (DRB w/ Haydock Commentary)

R. (10) The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just. (NAB)
R. (John 6:63) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple; (RSV)

R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes. (RSV)

R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether. (RSV)

R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb. (RSV)

R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Gospel: Matthew 4:18-22 (DRB w/ Haydock Commentary & Catena Aurea)

As [Jesus] walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them,

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. (RSV)

St. Andrew (or Andreas) the Apostle
Andrew, Peter’s brother, and John were the first disciples to follow the Lord. With tender delicacy the Gospel (John 1:35-42) describes their first meeting with Jesus. Andrew did not belong to the inner circle of the apostles, Peter, James and John, and the evangelists narrate nothing extraordinary about him (John 6:8); but tradition (resting on apocryphal Acts) extols his great love of the Cross and of the Savior; and the Church distinguishes him both in the Mass (his name occurs in the Canon and in the Libera since the time of Pope St. Gregory I who had a special devotion to him) and in the Breviary.

The story of his martyrdom rests on the apocryphal Acts which lack historical foundation. The pagan judge exhorted him to sacrifice to the gods. Andrew replied: “I sacrifice daily to almighty God, the one and true God. Not the flesh of oxen and the blood of goats do I offer, but the unspotted Lamb upon the altar. All the faithful partake of His flesh, yet the Lamb remains unharmed and living.” Angered by the reply, Aegeas commanded him to be thrown into prison. With little difficulty the people would have freed him, but Andrew personally calmed the mob and earnestly entreated them to desist, as he was hastenin
g toward an ardently desired crown of martyrdom.

When Andrew was led to the place of martyrdom, on beholding the cross from a distance he cried out: “O good Cross, so long desired and now set up for my longing soul I confident and rejoicing come to you; exultingly receive me, a disciple of Him who hung on you.” Forthwith he was nailed to the cross. For two days he hung there alive, unceasingly proclaiming the doctrine of Christ until he passed on to Him whose likeness in death he had so vehemently desired. —The legendary account of our saint’s martyrdom has this value: it presents to us the mysticism of the Cross of later times.

Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

Patron: Achaia; Amalfi, Italy; anglers; Burgundy; diocese of Constantinople; fish dealers; fish mongers; fishermen; gout; Greece; Lampertheim; Germany; maidens; old maids; Patras, Greece; Russia; Scotland; singers; sore throats; spinsters; University of Patras; unmarried women; women who wish to become mothers.

Symbols: Fish; Saint Andrew’s cross; Cross saltire (x-shaped); V or Y-shaped cross; two fishes; tall cross and book; vertical spear; primitive fish-hook; fisherman’s net.
Often Portrayed As: Man bound to a cross; man preaching from a cross; preacher holding some fish.

Things to Do:

  • Today’s feast traditionally marks the end of the Church year and beginning of Advent. Advent always begins on the Sunday closest to November 30, with this day being the last possible day of the old Liturgical Year. Christmas is right around the corner. An old saying reflected this:

St Andrew the King
Three weeks and three days
before Christmas begins.

Because weddings were not allowed during Advent and Christmas and Andrew is the patron of unmarried maidens, many countries have marriage-related superstitions connected to this day. See Patron Saints Index for a few traditions.

  • Beginning today the Christmas Anticipatory Prayer, also known as the “Novena to St. Andrew” (Hail and Blessed be the hour…) is prayed every day until Christmas.
  • View some of the art depictions of St. Andrew. Here’s another Gallery of Images of Andrew.
  • Remember to pray for fishermen and all who make their livelihood by the sea.
  • Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Russia, and Romania. The flag of Scotland (and the Union Flag and the arms and Flag of Nova Scotia) feature a saltire (X-shaped cross) in commemoration of the shape of St. Andrew’s cross.
  • Read more about St. Andrew from Butler’s Lives of the Saints. Also read about Andrew from The Golden Legend.
  • Foods connected with this feast: St. Andrew was a fishermen, so fish dishes and biblical themes would reign supreme. Women for Faith and Family have reprinted Evelyn Vitz’s suggested “Biblical Dinner” menu. But there are other foods connected with this day:

    • Scotland: St. Andrew is the patron of Scotland. Scones, haggis, sheepshead and fish dishes are traditional. The scones are called “wigs”, although their shape is rectangular.
    • England: St Andrew is a patron of lace-makers. On his feast, sometimes known as “Tander”, areas such as Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire celebrate by feasting, drinking elderberry wine, sports and serving a special cake called the Tandra Cake, particularly in Bedfordshire. It has a bread dough base to which lard, sugar, currants, lemon peel and eggs are added. This is also a day for squirrel hunting in England, so Brunswick Stew would be another dish on the table in England.
    • Slovakian Countries: Halushky (pasta dish) is cooked. Unmarried girls place slips of paper with names of single young men into the dish.

    via Catholic Culture : Liturgical Year.

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About my parish
Our church is in Clifton, Virginia and first opened it’s doors in 1992. We are a thriving and growing community.

If you are interested in becoming a parish member, registration forms are available on the link to the left, in the pamphlet racks at all the entrances, or you may stop by the parish office during the week.

Please notify the office when your telephone number changes, and when you are moving within or outside the parish.

Our parish boundaries are as follows:

Begin at Rt. 29 at the Fairfax County and Prince William County line and proceed south along the county line (Bull Run) to Popes Head Creek.   From Popes Head Creek proceed north to Compton Road (including Balmoral of Clifton subdivision) east of the Balmoral of Clifton subdivision.   Proceed east on Compton Road to Clifton Road.   Proceed north on Clifton Road to Braddock Road.   Continue east on Braddock Road to Piney Branch Creek.   Follow Piney Branch Creek to intersection of Rt. 29 and Legato Road.   Proceed west on Rt. 29 to the Fairfax County and Prince William County line.

Our parish school has a maximum capacity of 290 students. Please use the link for St Andrew the Apostle Catholic School to learn how to enroll your children in our wonderful parish school. Additionally, we offer religious education to over 740 students from the public school system. You may use the link for information on enrolling in the Religious Education program.

Check out the Groups and Schedules page to see some of the 32 clubs and activities that are active this year.

via St Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church Clifton, Virginia.

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