Fun Fact Friday – St Andrew.
St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Russia, Italy’s Amalfi and Barbados.
The first disciple of Jesus, the saint was born in Bethsaida, Israel.
St Andrew never set foot in Scotland during his lifetime, although after his death some of his relics made the pilgrimage to Scotland, up until around the 16th century. This was stopped because some of the relics were damaged during the Scottish Reformation.
St Andrew was crucified on an ‘X’ shaped cross – legend states that the saint himself requested this, as he was not worthy to die on a cross in the same shape as Jesus’. This cross is represented in white on the Scottish national flag, the Saltire.
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