Andrew, Simon’s brother, was a disciple of Saint John the Baptist. Andrew spoke to his brother and introduced him to Jesus. Both brothers were called to the apostolate. Andrew preached the Gospel in Palestine, Scythia, Epirus and Thrace, and died in Patras of Achaia, crucified on a cross in the shape of a blade. His body was transferred to Constantinople; from there, in the time of the Crusades, to the Amalfi Cathedral. His sacred head is in Rome, next to the tomb of Saint Peter. A most ardent love for his own cross shines forth in Saint Andrew, for which he went on to unite with the divine Crucified.

No one is saved without faith, which is received after hearing the divine word. Hence the importance of the Apostle, who preached and sealed with his blood the fidelity to the call of Christ.

V/. Saint Andrew.
R/. Pray for us.