St AndrewAlmighty 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.

BCP (TEC USA)

Almighty God,
who gave such grace to your apostle Saint Andrew
that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ
and brought his brother with him:
call us by your holy word,
and give us grace to follow you without delay
and to tell the good news of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Common Worship (CofE)

ALMIGHTY God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay; Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy Word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil the holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BCP (1662)

Lord,
in your kindness hear our petitions.
You called Andrew the apostle
to preach the gospel and guide your Church in faith.
May he always be our friend in your presence
to help us with his prayers.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

RC Collect

Saint Andrew (‘Ανδρέας) in the Orthodox tradition is called Protocletos (First-called). He was the younger brother of Simon (Saint Peter). His Greek name was not uncommon – no equivalent Hebrew or Aramaic name is given. Andrew was a son of Jonah (Matthew 16:17; John 1:42). He came from Bethsaida by the Sea of Galilee (John 1:44). Like his brother, Simon, he was a fisherman. Jesus, hence, says “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” (Matthew 4:19). At the start of Jesus’ preaching ministry they lived in the same house at Capernaum (Mark 1:21-29).

The Gospel of John has Andrew as a disciple of John the Baptist. John encourages him to follow Jesus (John 1:35-40). Andrew recognised Jesus as the Messiah (John 1:41). He was called to leave all and follow Jesus (in Mark 1:17-18; Luke 5:11; Matthew 4:19-20).

Andrew is described present in Mark 13:3; John 6:8, and 12:22. In the Acts of the Apostles he is only mentioned once (Acts 1:13).

Eusebius quotes Origen as having Andrew preaching in Asia Minor and in Scythia, along the Black Sea as far as the Volga and Kiev. Tradition has him founding the See of Byzantium (Constantinople) in 38CE. This has him making Stachys the bishop there.

Tradition has Andrew as martyred by crucifixion at Patras (Patrae) in Achaea. Later tradition has Andrew crucified on a X-shaped cross.

Image: Saint Andrew – El Greco (1606) Museo del Greco – Toledo

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