A Garner of Saints – Saint Andrew the Apostle

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Andrew the Apostle; 19th century by F X Zettler, Munich, Germany; parish church of Saint Alban, Gutenzell-Hürbel, Biberach, Germany; photographed in January 2015 by Andreas Praefcke; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

After the ascension of Christ he went to preach the gospel in Scythia and then proceeded to Margundia, whither he was sent to Matthew, whose eyes had been put out, and whose sight he restored. The people enraged at Matthew’s escape, seized Andrew and would have killed him, but they were converted upon his praying for them. He then departed for Achaia, and at the town of Nicaea he was implored to free the inhabitants from seven devils who killed all who passed outside the town. He effected this and the people were converted, but as he proceeded on his journey he was met by a funeral procession outside a town. On enquiring the circumstances, he was informed that it was a young man and that seven dogs had come and strangled him in his bed. Andrew wept and said, “Lord, I know that these are the seven devils whom I drove from Nicaea,” he then knelt and prayed and the young man rose and followed him. During his stay in Achaia, Andrew converted many, and among others, the wife of the proconsul Algeas. When the latter heard this, he came to Patras to force the Christians to sacrifice to idols. On his arrival, Andrew went to confront him and engaged in a controversy with him upon matters of the Faith. The proconsul commanded him to sacrifice, and on his refusal, caused him to be beaten and then bound to the cross. On seeing the instrument of his punishment, Andrew saluted it and went joyfully to his death. He lived for two days and preached to 2o,ooo men. The crowd threatened Algeas with death and he wished to release the apostle, but the arms of those who went to detach him were paralysed. Suddenly he was surrounded by a heavenly radiance so that no one could look at him, and encircled by this unearthly light his soul ascended to heaven. 30th November.


  • X shaped cross.

MLA Citation

  • Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Saint Andrew the Apostle”. A Garner of Saints, 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2017. Web. 24 September 2019. <>