Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle

The Catholic faithful will commemorate Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (San Andres Apostol), the first apostle of Jesus Christ.

St. Andrew (Catholic Online)

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles John Brown will preside over a high mass on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Saint Andrew Cathedral (Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Senora del Buen Suceso) in La Huerta, Quirino Avenue, Paranaque City.

Holy masses will also be offered at 6 a.m. and at 12 noon. Novena masses were from Nov. 21 to 29 at 6 p.m.

In Patras, Greece’s third largest urban center where his sacred relics are kept and revered in special ceremonies on his feast day, devotees traditionally gather on his feast day to say special prayers and light candles.

Also called “protoclet” (first called), St. Andrew and his brother, Simon Peter, were fishermen before they were invited 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.

St. Andrew 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 died.