Today, we celebrate Saint Andrew the Apostle, Patron of Ukraine, and Scotland. We have to mention Saint Andrew the Apostle today since we are thinking of war-torn Ukraine and actually, visiting Saint Andrews in Scotland.
Saint Andrew the Apostle was a thinker and a worrier. He was always wondering about Jesus and where he was from, how they would be able to Evangelize, and what about the food everyone would need? How will they feed all those people!
As a fisherman, Andrew was skilled. He was able to keep the townspeople supplied with fish, pay his bills, and have a bit extra. Still, he worried about details. What about all the details?
Then Jesus came along and asked him to become a “Fisher of Men” and forgo his chosen profession. Jesus came knocking so Andrew answered and became an early convert and evangelizer.
Andrew is known as a Patron Saint of Ukraine. Answering all of the present day worries about Ukraine must be as easy as eating a whale. Yet, Andrew is trying, taking one step (or bite) at a time, trying to protect the war torn country.
One of the legends of Saint Andrew involves romance. On December 13th, in Ukraine, games involving pastries and pancakes are played with the hopeful result of a woman finding her future husband. If a woman is wondering about her future spouse in Germany, she follows the Saint Andrew Legend and sleeps naked on Saint Andrew’s Eve and will then dream of her future husband that night. If that doesn’t work, she should listen for barking dogs because where they are barking from is in the land of a future husband.
For protections, Andrew is known as the patron invoked against fever, gout, and sore throats. And he tries his best to help women find their mates. He was martyred on an X shaped cross. The cross is depicted on Scotland’s flag, also referred to as St. Andrew's Cross.
Those golfing at the world-renowned Saint Andrews Golf Course in Scotland, ought to offer up a prayer to Saint Andrew and ask for help with their swings. Or, for a hole-in-one.