ALMIGHTY God, who did give such grace unto your holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of your Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay: Grant unto us all, that we, being called by your holy Word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfill your holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 10:9-21; Matthew 4:18-22
Saint Andrew was the first Apostle called by Jesus in the Gospel (as John 1:40 clarifies), and thus the Church celebrates his feast day around the beginning of the Church year. Many Christians today ask why we celebrate Saints’ days; today’s Epistle perhaps gives the best answer to this question. Quoting both the Old Testament and the Psalm, St. Paul describes the necessary progression from someone who is sent out (which is the basic definition of “apostle”) to preaching and believing the Gospel, and therefore receiving Christ’s salvation. Thus we honor these Apostles who have gone before us, thank God for them, and seek to emulate their virtuous qualities, such as Andrew’s prompt response to follow Jesus when called.