Saint Andrew ~ Patron Saint of Fishermen, Spinsters, Vocalists, Scotland, Greece, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Patras
Not a great deal is known about Andrew’s early life other than he is mentioned in the Bible as taking part in the ‘Feeding of the Five Thousand’. It is not absolutely certain where he preached the Gospel, or where he is buried, but Patras in Achia claims to be the place where he was martyred and crucified on a cross.
While it is not certain where Andrew actually preached – Scythia, Thrace and Asia Minor have all been mentioned – it appears he traveled great distances in order to spread the word, and it may be this which links him with Scotland.
There are two versions of events that link Saint Andrew to Scotland:
One legend builds upon Andrew’s extensive travels, claiming that he actually came to Scotland and built a church in Fife. This town is now called St. Andrews, and the church became a center for evangelism, and pilgrims came from all over UK to pray there.
Another ancient legend recalls how it was after the death of Andrew, sometime in the 4th century, that several of his relics where brought to Fife by Rule, a native of Patras.
Whichever legend is closer to the truth we are unlikely to ever unravel, however it is these links that explain why Andrew is now the Patron Saint of Scotland.
St. Andrew has also been remembered down through the ages for the way he met his terrible death in A.D. 60.
It is said that he believed himself unworthy to be crucified on a cross like that of Christ, and so he met his end on a ‘saltire’, or X-shaped cross (St. Andrew’s cross) which became his symbol. His cross, in white on a blue background, remains the proud symbol of Scotland today and forms a central component of the flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
His feast day is celebrated on November 30th.
Today, pilgrims of another sort make the journey from all over the world to the tiny city of St. Andrews, internationally recognized as the traditional home of Golf!
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