ST. ANDREW was one of the fishermen of Bethsaida, and brother, perhaps elder brother, of St. Peter, and became a disciple of St. John Baptist. He seemed always eager to bring others into notice; when called himself by Christ on the banks of the Jordan, his first thought was to go in search of his brother, and he said, "We have found the Messias," and he brought him to Jesus. It was he again who, when Christ wished to feed the five thousand in the desert, pointed out the little lad with the five loaves and fishes. St. Andrew went forth upon his mission to plant the Faith in Scythia and Greece, and at the end of years of toil to win a martyr's crown. After suffering a cruel scourging at Patræ in Achaia, he was left, bound by cords, to die upon a cross. When St. Andrew first caught sight of the gibbet on which he was to die, he greeted the precious wood with joy. "O good cross! " he cried, "made beautiful by the limbs of Christ, so long desired, now so happily found! Receive me into thy arms and present me to my Master, that He Who redeemed me through thee may now accept me from thee." Two whole days the martyr remained hanging on this cross alive, preaching, with outstretched arms from this chair of truth, to all who came near, and entreating them not to hinder his passion.
Reflection. —If we would do good to others, we must, like St. Andrew, keep close to the cross.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ps. 138, 17
To me Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened. Ps. 138, 1, 2. Lord, Thou hast proved me, and known me: Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up. Glory be …
We supplicate Thy majesty, O Lord, that as blessed Andrew was in this world a preacher and ruler of Thy Church, so he may be our constant intercessor before Thee. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Rom. 10, 10-18
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans.
[The end of the law is faith in Christ. which the Jews refusing to submit to, cannot be justified.]
Brethren, With the heart, we believe unto justice; but, with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.For the scripture saith: Whosoever believeth in him, shall not be confounded. For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek: for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they be sent, as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things!
But all do not obey the gospel. For Isaias saith: Lord, who hath believed our report? Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ. But I say: Have they not heard? Yes, verily, their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the whole world.
Gradual • Ps. 44, 17, 18
Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall remember Thy name, O Lord. Instead of Thy fathers, sons are born to Thee: therefore shall people praise Thee.
Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord loved Andrew for an odor of sweetness. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 4, 18-22
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ's fast of forty days: He is tempted. He begins to preach, to call disciples to him, and to work miracles.]
At that time, Jesus, walking by the seas of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers). And he saith to them: Come ye after me, and I will make you to be fishers of men. And they immediately leaving their nets, followed him.
And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them. And they forthwith left their nets and father, and followed him.
Offertory • Ps. 138, 17
To me Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable; their principality is exceedingly strengthened.
May the holy payer of the blessed apostle Andrew commend our sacrifice to Thee, O Lord, we beseech, that it may be made acceptable by His merits in whose honor it is solemnly offered. Through our Lord.
Communion • Matt. 4, 19, 20
Come ye after Me: I will make you to be fishers of men. But they immediately leaving their nets, followed the Lord.
Rejoicing, O Lord, on the feast-day of blessed Andrew, we have taken part in Thy divine mysteries, and mayest Thou make them we beseech Thee, redound to our forgiveness as thy do to the glory of Thy saints. Through our Lord.