Friday, November 30, 2012 – St. Andrew, Apostle and Martyr
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 19, Deuteronomy 30:11-14, Romans 10:8b-18, and Matthew 4:18-22
St. Andrew was St. Peter’s older brother. According to John 1, it was he who called Peter to come and meet Jesus. Andrew is always mentioned fourth in the listing of the disciples and apostles, after Peter, James, and John. Andrew was one of the ones who left everything to follow Jesus.
Tradition has it that Andrew preached along the Black Sea as far as the Volga, Kiev, and Novgorod, and that he was the first bishop of Constantinople (Byzantium). This diocese is now the most important one in Eastern Orthodoxy.
Andrew is said to have been martyred by crucifixion at the city of Patras (Patræ) in Achaea, on the northern coast of the Peloponnese. Early texts describe Andrew as bound, not nailed, to a Latin cross of the kind on which Jesus was crucified; yet a tradition developed that Andrew had been crucified on a cross of the form called Crux decussata (X-shaped cross, or "saltire"), now commonly known as a “Saint Andrew’s Cross” – supposedly at his own request, as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus had been.
Take a moment to consider Andrew’s obedience. How can you follow his example? You may find the following prayer helpful:
Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.