Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called
A native of Bethsaida, St. Andrew was a fisherman who
had been a disciple of John the Baptist before becoming
the first-called of Christ's 12 apostles. Andrew is mentioned
several times in the four gospels, and the apocryphal Acts of
Andrew, Acts of Andrew and Matthias, and Acts of Peter may
tell the story of the rest of his life. The patron of Russia and
Scotland, Andrew preached at Byzantium, Scythia, and Greece; legends
say that he also taught in Ethiopia. Andrew was martyred c. 60 at
Patras. Fourth-century accounts say that he was crucified, and later
accounts say that the cross was X-shaped.
Karen Rae Keck
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