By Christina Hermoso
Bishop Jesse Mercado will celebrate a high mass at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Saint Andrew Cathedral in La Huerta, Quirino Avenue, Paranaque City, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (San Andres Apostol), the first apostle of Christ.
A solemn procession follows the mass.
Masses will also be held at 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and at 12 noon.
In Patras, Greece’s third largest urban center where his sacred relics are kept and revered in special ceremonies on his feast day, pilgrims, devotees, and tourists traditionally gather on his feast day.
Also called “protoclet” (first called), St. Andrew and his brother, Simon Peter, were fishermen before they were called by Jesus Christ to be His disciples. He was with Jesus during the most important events of His life such as the Last Supper, the Resurrection, the Ascension, and the first Pentecost.
He preached in Asia Minor, Palestine, and Greece where he was martyred. According to accounts, St. Andrew was bound to an x-shaped cross to prolong his suffering. He was said to have preached from the cross for two days before he passed away.