St. Andrew the Apostle (early 1st Century A.D. – mid to late 1st Century A.D.)
Feast Day: November 30
Patron Saint of Scotland, fishermen, fishmongers and rope-makers
St. Andrew was the first apostle chosen by Jesus. He was originally a disciple of St. John the Baptist. With his brother Simon (St. Peter), they were fishermen. Jesus first encountered them on the Sea of Galilee. St. Andrew was a martyr being crucified on an X shaped cross, which has since become known as St. Andrew’s Cross.
The St. Andrew Christmas Novena begins on St. Andrew’s feast day (November 30) and ends on Christmas Eve (December 24). The prayer is to be recited 15 times a day during the 25 day period. This is actually much longer than a traditional novena, which is nine days.