St Andrew’s Day today, Friday 30 November, is a special day for many in Amalfi, Istanbul and Patras whilst it’s a holiday in Romania and Scotland.
Andrew, crucified on an X cross, was a John the Baptist follower who introduced Jesus to his brother Peter.
O Glorious St Andrew, you were the first to recognise and follow the Son of God. With your friend, St John, you remained with Jesus for your entire life, and now throughout eternity. Just as you led your brother, St Peter, to Christ and many others after him, draw us also to Him. Teach us how to lead them, solely out of love for Jesus and dedication to His service. Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross and carry our daily crosses without complaint, so that they may carry us to God the Almighty Father. Amen.