Today, the Scots are celebrating St Andrew’s Day with various festivities. By law, every building in Scotland must be adorned with the St Andrew’s Cross. But who exactly was St Andrew the Apostle?
Here are 8 facts you may not have known about the patron saint.
He wasn’t Scottish
The patron saint was born in Bethsaida, Galilee, which is now Israel.
He’s also the patron saint of spinsters and sore throats
Not to mention singers, maidens, fishmongers, women wanting to be mothers, and gout.
One of his fingers and the top of his skull have been preserved
The relics, along with pieces of the cross he was crucified on, are kept in a shrine at the Church of St Andrew in Patras, Greece.
St Andrew became close to Jesus by trying to follow him home
Jesus turned around to ask why he was being followed, and Andrew said he wanted to know where he lived. Jesus then invited him to ‘come and see’. Not sure if that tactic would work nowadays.
He was one of Jesus’ first followers, but wasn’t the closest
Andrew was in the top four, but Peter, James and John appear to have privileged access on several occasions, while Andrew wasn’t present. Maybe he screwed up when he went back to Jesus’ place?
He didn’t feel worthy of dying on the same shaped cross as Jesus
Instead, he asked for a diagonal or X-shaped cross, which has come to be known as the ‘St Andrew’s cross’. Maybe he felt guilty for that thing he probably did at Jesus’ house.
He had good social skills
It was Andrew who pointed out the lad with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish in the feeding of the 5,000. He’d probably have a ton of followers on Twitter if he was around today.
Apparently he lost it towards the end
It’s reported he slowly went insane on his cross, preaching the word of Christ up until his death. Grim.