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St. Andrew, the first called


st-andrewSt. Andrew was born in the first century AD in Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. He was the son of Jonah and the brother of Simon (Peter). He was a fisherman like his brother.

He was a follower of John the Baptist before he encountered Jesus. One day when John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus as “the Lamb of God” (John 1:36), Andrew was moved and followed Jesus. He immediately sought his brother Simon and introduced him to Jesus and both of them became disciples of Christ.

Andrew was chosen to be one of the 12 Apostles and his name is always included among the first four, although nothing much is said about him except that he witnessed the miraculous feeding of the five thousand, was present at the Last Supper, beheld the Lord in the Resurrection, witnessed the Ascension, and shared in the graces and gifts of the first Pentecost. He was also considered as one with authority because he was consulted when certain Greeks wanted to see Jesus. He established the faith in Palestine during the persecution.

It is believed that after the Crucifixion of Christ, Andrew traveled to preach in places such as Asia Minor, Thrace, Macedonia, Crimea, Byzantium, Cappadocia, Galatia, Bithynia, Scythia, Thessaly, and Achaea. His journeys brought him much suffering and torment. He was beaten up by pagans. In spite of his suffering, he continued to preach about the Savior. Through his prayers, miracles happened in Patra: the blind were able to see the light, the sick recovered from serious illness. He converted almost all the people of Patra to the faith. However, Andrew was not able to convert Aegeatos, the prefect of the city of Patra, who ordered his crucifixion.

St. Andrew did not question the decision of the perfect. He was tied to a Crux decussate or an X-shaped cross and was left to suffer for two days. Tied on the cross, Andrew continued to preach to the people who gathered about him.

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