Greetings in the Name of our Coming Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
Today, November 30, 2020 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle. This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today. I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.
“Saint Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was born in the Galilean village of Bethsaida. Originally a disciple of Saint John the Baptist, Andrew then became the first of Jesus’ disciples (John 1:35-40). His name regularly appears in the Gospels near the top of the lists of the Twelve. It was he who first introduced his brother Simon to Jesus (John 1:41-42). He was, in a real sense, the first home missionary, as well as the first foreign missionary (John 12:20-22). Tradition says Andrew was martyred by crucifixion on a cross in the form of an X. In AD 357, his body is said to have been taken to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople and later removed to the cathedral of Amalfi in Italy. Centuries later, Andrew became the patron saint of Scotland. Saint Andrew’s Day determines the beginning of the Western Church Year, since the first Sunday in Advent is always the Sunday nearest to Saint Andrew’s Day.” 1
The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia. [Jesus] said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. Alleluia.” It is from John 1:39a.
Old Testament Ezekiel 3:16-21
Psalm Psalm 139:1-12 (antiphon v. 17)
Epistle Romans 10:8b-18
Gospel John 1:35-42a
The hymn appointed for this day is “Preach You the Word” as found on page 586 in the Lutheran Service Book. You may listen to the hymn at this direct link: Preach You the Word – LSB 586 – YouTube
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 the You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Pastor Jim Tuell
1 Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, 969.