St Andrew

Saint Andrew a Fisherman and the Patron Saint of Scotland Barbados Georgia Ukraine Russia Sicily Greece Cyprus Romania Patras San Andrés (Tenerife) Amalfi Luqa (Malta) and Prussia; Diocese of Victoria.So he must have been some guy this Andrew.Of Course Saint Andrews Day in Scotland is celebrated on the 30th of November.But who was he and why the Patron Saint of Scotland as well as list of other places.Saint Andrew was born according to the Christian tradition in 6 B.C in Galilee. The New Testament states that Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter and likewise a son of John or Jonah. He was born in the village of Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. Both he and his brother Peter were fishermen by trade hence the tradition that Jesus called them to be his disciples by saying that he will make them "fishers of men" . At the beginning of Jesus' public life they were said to have occupied the same house at Capernaum. St Andrew has been celebrated in Scotland for over a thousand years with feasts being held in his honour as far back as the year 1000 AD. The flag of Scotland the St Andrew’s Cross was chosen in honour of him. Also the ancient town of St Andrews was named due to its claim of being the final resting place of St Andrew.Like Jesus Andrew died a martyr and was crucified in Greece on an X-shaped cross in 60 AD rather than the 'T' shape cross that Jesus was crucified on. This type of cross is also known as a saltire - the symbol that makes up the Scottish flag


St Andrew's links with Scotland come from the Pictish King Oengus I who built a monastery in what is now the town of St Andrews where the Scottish university now stands relics of the saint were brought to the town in the eighth centuryHe was made the patron saint of Scotland after the king's descendant Oengus II prayed to St Andrew on the eve of a crucial battle against English warriors from Northumberland around 20 miles east of Edinburgh
Legend has it that heavily outnumbered Oengus II told St Andrew that he would become the patron saint of Scotland if he were granted victory. On the day of the battle clouds are said to have formed a saltire in the sky and Oengus's army of Picts and Scots were victoriousSt Andrew’s was a popular medieval pilgrimage site up until the 16th century - where the supposed remains of the saint including a tooth kneecap arm and finger bone were keptIn 1870 the Archbishop of Amalfi sent an apparent piece of the saint's shoulder blade to Scotland where it has since been stored in St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh. Other relics were destroyed in the Scottish ReformationOn St Andrews Day pilgrims of another sort make the journey from all over the world to St Andrews in Fife internationally recognised as the traditional home of golf
Oh I nearly forgot St Andrew is also the Patron Saint of fishermen fishmongers and rope-makers textile workers singers miners pregnant women butchers farm workers protection against sore throats protection against convulsions protection against fever protection against whooping cough.
Happy Saint Andrews Day.