St.Andrew was the first disciple of Jesus. He was the younger brother of Saint Peter and was born in Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. The brothers were fishermen by trade. Jesus called them to be his disciples saying that he would make them “ fishers of Men.
According to the Gospel of Saint John, Saint Andrew who was a disciple of Saint John, the Baptist. When John pointed to Jesus and said, “ Behold the Lamb of God “. Andrew understood that Jesus was greater and immediately left John, the Baptist to follow Jesus. He visited the Jesus’ Home, and later brought his brother Simon Peter, who Jesus also called to be an Apostle.
It is believed that Saint Andrew and Saint Peter continued their trade as fishermen until Christ called them to a closer relationship, and they left all things to follow Jesus.
After Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, St Andrew the Apostle preached the Gospel in Asia minor and in Scythia as far as Kiev. Not much is mentioned in the book of Acts regarding the life of Saint Andrew.
St.Andrew was martyred by crucifixion at Patras in Achaea in Greece. Because St.Andrew deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of Cross on which Christ had been crucified, he asked to be tied to a crux decussata or an X shaped Cross.
The Apostle Andrew did not die right away but instead he was left to suffer for two days which he continued to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ until he finally died.
He and Saint Peter gave up their life long careers and life styles leaving everything, behind to follow Jesus. Their undying faith in a difficult world is an inspiration to all Christians.
His relics consists of a small finger, the top of his cranium and pieces of the cross were kept in a Shrine at the Church of St.Andrew at Patras. Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland, Russia and Greece. Scots and all the other world celebrates the Saint Andrew’s day on 30 th of November.
The India Christian Mission Church commemorate the Saint Andrew's
day on 30 th of November and treats Saint Andrew as the Saint of the
Church. And the present Primate of the Church His Grace The Most
Rev.Dr.John SDR Nakka has his Apostolic Succession from the Eastern
Orthodox Church and hence the The ICM Church commemorates the
Days of Saint Peter and Saint Thomas and the ICM Church named
their Seminary as Saint Andrew's Theological College & Seminary
which is an official arm for training her Priests / Missionaries.