St. Andrew’s Day

Numbered among the Apostles, the brother of Simon Petereventually became the revered patron of both Greece and Scotland where hisfeast day, November 30, remains a kind of national holiday.


Andrew (c. 10-60) may well have been,as tradition asserts, the founder of the church at the site of Constantinople,but he was most assuredly the great reconciler, as Scripture asserts.  As a result, his memory is celebratedby a day of forgiveness.  Servicesof reconciliation are often followed by a great feast of roasted or smokedbeef, the telling of heroic tales, the reciting epic poetry, and the singing ofgreat ballads.  King David ofScotland, son of Malcolm Canmore and Queen. Margaret, codified the day anational holiday in 1125—and so it has been ever since.

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