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St. Andrew/St. Olga Cross

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Andrew/St. Olga Cross

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This beautiful sterling silver cross features a St. Andrew or Three Bar Cross in black enamel on a sterling St. Olga Cross base. It measures approximately 1 and 1/2 inches in length and comes gift-boxed. Made in the U.S. This cross comes with either an 18 inch or 24 inch sterling silver chain.

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St. Andrew the Apostle

Feast Day:
Eastern Calendar - 11/30
Roman Rite Calendar - 11/30


Patron Of: Fishermen, Gout, Singers, Maidens, Anglers, Sore Throuts, Unmarried Women

Also known as

    * Andreas the Apostle
    * Endres the Apostle

Memorial

    * 30 November

Profile

    The first Apostle. Fisherman by trade. Brother of Simon Peter. Follower of John the Baptist. Andrew went through life leading people to Jesus, both before and after the Crucifixion. Missionary in Asia Minor and Greece, and possibly areas in modern Russia and Poland. Martyred on an saltire (x-shaped) cross, he is said to have preached for two days from it.

    Some peculiar marriage-related superstitions have attached themselves to Saint Andrew’s feast day.

        * An old German tradition says that single women who wish to marry should ask for Saint Andrew’s help on the eve of his feast, then sleep naked that night; they will see their future husbands in their dreams.
        * Another says that young women should note the location of barking dogs on Saint Andrew’s Eve: their future husbands will come from that direction.
        * On the day after Andrew’s feast, young people float cups in a tub; if a boy‘s and a girl‘s cup drift together and are intercepted by a cup inscribed “priest”, it indicates marriage.

    There are several explanations for why Andrew became the patron of Scotland.

        * In 345, Emperor Constantine the Great decided to translate Andrew’s bones from Patras, Greece to Constantinople. Saint Regulus of Scotland was instructed by an angel to take many of these relics to the far northwest. He was eventally told to stop on the Fife coast of Scotland, where he founded the settlement of Saint Andrew.
        * In the 7th century, Saint Wilfrid of York brought some of the saint‘s relics with him after a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy. The Scots king, Angus MacFergus, installed them at Saint Andrew’s to enhance the prestige of the new diocese.
        * When the Pictish King Angus faced a large invading army, he prayed for guidance. A white cloud in the form of a saltire cross floated across the blue sky above him. Angus won a decisive victory, and decreed that Andrew would be the patron saint of his country. Following Robert Bruce’s victory at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, the Declaration of Arbroath officially named Saint Andrew the patron saint of Scotland. The Saltire became the national flag of Scotland in 1385.

Born

    * at Bethsaida

Died

    * crucified on a saltire (x-shaped) cross in Greece

Patronage

    * against gout
    * against sore throats
    * anglers
    * fish dealers
    * fish mongers
    * fishermen
    * maidens
    * old maids
    * single lay women
    * singers
    * Spanish armed forces
    * spinsters
    * University of Patras
    * unmarried women
    * women who wish to become mothers
    * Achaia
    * Greece
    * Russia
    * Scotland
    * Constantinople, diocese of
    * Grand Rapids, Michigan, diocese of
    * Victoria, British Columbia, diocese of
    * Amalfi, Italy
    * Antey-Saint-Andre, Italy
    * Berchtesgaden, Germany
    * Burgundy, France
    * Cartosio, Italy
    * Conflenti, Italy
    * Encinasola, Huelva, Spain
    * Grognardo, Italy
    * Lampertheim, Germany
    * Luqa, Malta
    * Patras, Greece
    * Plymouth, England
    * Samolaco, Italy

Representation

    * fish
    * fishing net
    * man bound to a cross
    * man preaching from a cross
    * old man with long white hair and a beard, holding the Gospel in his right hand, and leaning on a transverse cross
    * preacher holding some fish
    * Saint Andrew’s cross
    * saltire (x-shaped) cross



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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