One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus. – John 1:40-42a

Today the Church remembers St Andrew the Apostle. According to legend, Andrew was martyred by being crucified in an “X.” Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and the Scottish flag depicts an X-shaped cross in his honor. St Andrew’s feast day is used in the calculation of the start of the New Liturgical Year and the start of Advent (The Sunday closest to St Andrew’s day is Advent 1). 

All praise, O Lord, for Andrew,
the first to welcome you,
whose witness to his brother
named you Messiah true.
May we, with hearts kept open
to you throughout the year,
proclaim to friend and neighbor
your advent ever near. 

 Almighty God, you gave your apostle Andrew the grace to obey the call of your Son and to bring his brother to Jesus. Give us also, who are called by your holy word, grace to follow Jesus without delay and to bring into his presence those who are near to us, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.