Saint Andrew

Our parish takes its name from Saint Andrew, one of the first followers of Jesus. St. Andrew was the brother of St. Peter, and they were both fishermen. Jesus called them away from this work to serve him (Matthew 4:18-20). Apparently, St. Andrew was one of Jesus' closest associates (Mark 13:3-4). He was one of the twelve apostles who were charged with spreading Jesus' message (Matthew 10:2). After listening to St. John the Baptist, St. Andrew was the first to call Jesus the Messiah, the redeemer (John 1:29-41), and he was present at the miracle of the loaves and fishes (John 6:8-9). According to tradition, St. Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross for his faith.

Calling of Peter and Andrew, by Duccio di Buoninsegna.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

 

Iconography of St. Andrew