Today is the Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle. St. Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter and was from the Galilean village of Bethsaida. Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist. After John called Jesus “the Lamb of God,” Andrew became a follower of Jesus and also brought his brother to Jesus (John 1:35-42). Andrew and Peter were then called by Jesus to be disciples while they were engaged in their work of being fishermen (Matthew 4:18-20). Andrew became one of the twelve apostles chosen by Christ (Matthew 10:1-4). According to Church tradition, Andrew was martyred when he was crucified on a cross in the form of an X. St. Andrew’s Day determines the beginning of the Western Church Year, since the First Sunday in Advent is always the Sunday nearest to the Feast of St Andrew.
The next day
again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he
walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say
this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to
them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him,
“Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and
you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they
stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One
of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was
Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to
him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “So you are Simon the son of
John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter) (John 1:35-42).
Collect of the Day:
Almighty God, by Your grace the apostle Andrew obeyed the call of Your Son to be a disciple. Grant us also to follow the same Lord Jesus Christ in heart and life, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
(Treasury of Daily Prayer, 969; Concordia Publishing House)