Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. 1894
November 30.—ST. ANDREW, Apostle.
ST. ANDREW was one of the fishermen of Bethsaida, and brother, perhaps elder brother, of St. Peter, and became a disciple of St. John Baptist. He seemed always eager to bring others into notice; when called himself by Christ on the banks of the Jordan, his first thought was to go in search of his brother, and he said, "We have found the Messias," and he brought him to Jesus. It was he again who, when Christ wished to feed the five thousand in the desert, pointed out the little lad with the five loaves and fishes. St. Andrew went forth upon his mission to plant the Faith in Scythia and Greece, and at the end of years of toil to win a martyr's crown. After suffering a cruel scourging at Patræ in Achaia, he was left, bound by cords, to die upon a cross. When St. Andrew first caught sight of the gibbet on which he was to die, he greeted the precious wood with joy. "O good cross! " he cried, "made beautiful by the limbs of Christ, so long desired, now so happily found! Receive me into thy arms and present me to my Master, that He Who redeemed me through thee may now accept me from thee." Two whole days the martyr remained hanging on this cross alive, preaching, with outstretched arms from this chair of truth, to all who came near, and entreating them not to hinder his passion.
Reflection.—If we would do good to others, we must, like St. Andrew, keep close to the cross.
To see St. Andrew on the map and read more about him from the Liturgical Year books visit All the Saints and Peter and Paul! Download a coloring page and rread his story from the Goffine's Devout Instruction on Crusader's for Christ.
The Saint Andrew Novena also starts tonight!
Hail and blessed be the hour and the moment in which the Son of God was born of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my petitions, through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
It is piously believed that whoever prays this prayer 15 times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (November 30) until Christmas Day will receive their petitions.