Feast Day: November 30th & June 30th
The Life of Saint Andrew: Then, Andrew brought his brother Peter to the Lord…
Apolytikion: As the first-called of the Apostles and brother of their leader, O Andrew, entreat the Master of all, that peace be granted unto the world and great mercy to our Souls.
Kontakion: Let us acclaim the Divine herald, who is a namesake of courage, the first-called of the Saviour’s disciples, and the kinsman of Peter; for, as of old He called him, so now he calls us: “Come, we have found the Desired One!”
Megalynarion: Of the Apostolic choir of the Lord you were the first, O Blessed one, to be called and to follow Him. With your Holy brother, O Andrew, you did leave all to preach Christ to all nations, that all may praise His Name.
Synaxis of the 12 Holy Apostles
Feast Day: June 30th
Apolytikion: O Holy Apostles, intercede to our Merciful God, that He may grant our Souls forgiveness of sins.
Kontakion: O Lord, receive the steadfast and Divinely voiced preachers, the pinnacle of Your Disciples, unto their rest and the enjoyment of Your Blessings. You received, above every offering, their labours and their life. You alone know what the heart holds.
Saint Andrew was the first disciple of Saint John the Forerunner, receiving Baptism for the forgiveness of his sins, and applying the words of preparation and repentance that Saint John preached. Therefore, the heart of Saint Andrew was cultivated, ready to recognise and receive the Lord Jesus Christ. Saint Andrew proclaimed to his brother Saint Peter and to all the nations, “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41).
Matthew 4: 18-20
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
Saint Andrew was with Christ throughout His ministry and witnessed all of His Miracles. Saint Andrew is seen in many Icons by the side of Christ as he watched and listened to His every word and action.
Saint Andrew followed Christ’s command to preach to all the nations. That is exactly what Saint Andrew did, he preached Christ Resurrected, and performed countless Miracles in the Name of Christ.
Saint Andrew was greatly tortured for teaching people about Christ, however he remained strong and preached until his last breath when he was crucified. When Saint Andrew heard about his sentencing to receive crucifixion, he asked to be crucified on an x-shaped cross, as he felt unworthy to die on the same shape cross as Our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Melbourne, we are Blessed to have a portion of the Holy Relics of Saint Andrew at the Church of Saint Andrew in Nunawading.