Today is the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle and the brother of St. Peter!
As might be obvious, my blog title is a reference to my patron saint, and I explained this back on my beginnings post.
Why the title?
The title is taken from the versicle and response from the Fifth Lection of St. Andrew’s feast day (November 30) in the traditional Roman Rite. The entirety of the prayer goes:
|R. O bona crux, quae decorem et pulchritudinem de membris Domini suscepisti; accipe me ab hominibus, et redde me magistro meo:
* Ut per te me recipiat, qui per te me redemit.
V. Beatus Andreas expansis manibus ad caelum orabat, dicens: Salva me bona crux.
R. Ut per te me recipiat, qui per te me redemit.
|R. O precious cross, which the Members of my Lord have made so fair and goodly, welcome me from among men, and join me again to my Master,
* That, as by thee He redeemed me, so by thee also He may take me unto Himself.
V. The blessed Andrew stretched forth his hands to heaven and prayed, saying Precious cross, be my salvation,
R. That, as by thee He redeemed me, so by thee also He may take me unto Himself
Having St. Andrew as my patron saint, I try to foster a strong devotion to him. Plus, he was one of the first Apostles and a martyr, so he’s a pretty legit person to try and emulate.
There is also a really neat relic of the cross on which St. Andrew was crucified over at New Liturgical Movement, A Reliquary of St Andrew the Apostle. Go look at NLM for more information and the picture!
And, don’t forget, as New Advent points out, the First Sunday of Advent is always the closest Sunday to the feast of St. Andrew!
There’s always the St. Andrew novena to pray, too! It runs from his feast day (today) until Christmas:
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, (mention your intentions here) through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)
+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897