Catholic Saints

Saint Andrew

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Andrew
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Andrew
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Andrew
  • What is Saint Andrew the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Andrew is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Andrew
What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries? The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country. There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest. There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Andrew
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Fishermen

  • Born: Bethsaida, near the Sea of Galilee
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: November 30th
  • Date of Death: Saint Andrew died in 70
  • Cause of Death: Crucified

Who or what is Saint Andrew the patron saint of?
Saint Andrew is the patron of Fishermen and Scotland, the first Apostle. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

Prayer to St. Andrew

The Story and History of Saint Andrew
The story and history of Saint Andrew. Saint Andrew was born at Bethsaida, near the Sea of Galilee. St. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was first a follower of John the Baptist and became the first apostle of Jesus. He spread Christianity in Greece and the Far East. St Andrew was Martyred on an x-shaped cross and was reputed to have preached for two days from it.

Death of Saint Andrew
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Andrew died in 70. Cause of Death: Crucified. 

Why is Saint Andrew the patron of Scotland and of Fishermen?
Why is Saint Andrew is the patron of Fishermen? His original occupation was that of a fisherman. St. Andrew is the patron of Scotland, because his bones were brought from Patras, a town in the Peloponnesus, and interred in the cathedral of what is now St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland in the fourth century.

How Saint Andrew is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Andrew in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Andrew is represented in Christian Art with with a transverse cross and ropes, upon which he was crucified. Hence the term, "St. Andrew's Cross."

Feast Day of Saint Andrew
The Feast Day of Saint Andrew is November 30th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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