Homily – Festival of St. Andrew

Homily by Associate Pastor Chris Tiews, 11/30/2009

Our saint of the day, St. Andrew, was the brother of the disciple Simon Peter and was born in the Galilean village of Bethsaida.

St. Andrew had originally been a disciple of John the Baptist and then became the very first of Jesus’ disciples.

For this reason, in the Orthodox tradition St. Andrew is also known as protokletos—the “First Called.”

The name “Andrew” comes from the Greek ανδρεία and means manhood or valor. Like other Greek names, it appears to have been common among the Jews from the second or third century BC. Interestingly, no Hebrew or Aramaic name is recorded for Andrew.

Both Andrew and his brother Peter were fishermen by trade.

This is why Jesus called these two men to be his disciples when he said that He would make them “fishers of men” in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark.

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