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The Greek Orthodox Church and Her Saints: Saint Andrew. Feast Day 30 November.


Saint Andrew by El Greco
Saint Andrew by El Greco


Saint Andrew's day is celebrated world wide, on the thirtieth of November.

 Andrew, the Patron Saint of Greece, Russia and Scotland,

was a fisherman and brother of Saint Peter, the first disciple of Jesus,

and was in born in Bethsaida,on the Sea of Galiliee


Jesus calling St.Andrew and St,Peter.
Jesus calling St.Andrew and St,Peter.


Saint Andrew was first a disciple of Saint John, whom he later left, to follow Jesus.

After the crucifixion of Jesus, Saint Andrew was also crucified, by the Romans, in Patras, Greece.



Crucifixion of St.Andrew.
Crucifixion of St.Andrew.


Andrew deemed himself not worthy of being martyred on the same type of cross as Jesus, 

and asked to be tied to a cross in the shape of an X, 

from this X-shaped cross comes the flag of Scotland, The Saltire.



The Saltire, flag of Scotland
The Saltire, flag of Scotland


The Scottish flag is the oldest of any country,
 dating back to the twelfth century.



St.Andrew's Cathedral, Scotland
St.Andrew's Cathedral, Scotland



Relics of Saint Andrew are kept in the Church Of Saint Andrew in Patras, Greece,

the older church, found a short distance from the new one, is built on the site, where Saint 

Andrew was crucified.




St.Andrew's church, Patras, Greece
St.Andrew's church, Patras, Greece



The Church of Saint Andrew in Patras, is the largest church in the Balkans, with a capacity

 to hold up to five and a half thousand people,

thousands of Christians, from all over the world, travel to Patras to see the relics, which are

 a little finger, part of the skull and small pieces of the cross.



Relics of St.Andrew, Patras
Relics of St.Andrew, Patras



Relics of St.Andrew, Patras
Relics of St.Andrew, Patras





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Relics of St.Andrew, Patras, 




Pieces of St Andrew's cross, Patras, Greece.
Pieces of St Andrew's cross, Patras, Greece.


The relics (pieces of the cross) had been taken, during the crusades, from Greece by The

 Duke Of Burgundy and were kept in the Church of Saint Victor in Marseilles, but

 were returned to Patras on  nineteenth of January 1980.

Another significant church dedicated to Saint Andrew is The Church Of Saint Andrew in 

Kiev, Ukraine.



The Church Of Saint Andrew in Kiev, Ukraine.
 The Church Of Saint Andrew in Kiev, Ukraine.



A beautiful statue of Saint Andrew is on  display in The Vatican City.



Statue of St.Andrew, The Vatican City.
Statue of St.Andrew, The Vatican City.


2 comments:

  1. very interesting Susan, well done !! xxx

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    1. Thanks Christine, I do learn a lot myself, when writing posts of this type!
      Susan.x

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