As everyone knows, St Andrew’s Feast Day is today. All over Scotland we celebrate St Andrew’s Day, but it is important to remember that St Andrew followed Christ and was crucified for his belief. Early writings describe Andrew as bound, not nailed, to a cross similar to the one on which Jesus was crucified. It was only much later, in the Middle Ages, that a tradition developed that St Andrew had been crucified on an X-shaped cross or saltire. He did this as he felt unworthy to die in the same way as Our Lord. Do you know anyone called Andrew? Why not say a prayer to St Andrew today and let your friend or loved one know you are thinking of them?
The painting shown is by Caravaggio and presents the traditional view of St Andrew’s death. Note how his hands and feet are bound and not nailed to the cross.