St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

St. Andrew the Holy and All Praised Apostle
2003

by Fr. Rodney Torbic


John 1:40 - One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.

Today we remember in the Holy Orthodox Church, the Holy and All Praised Apostle Andrew. According to the Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Andrew is known as the First-Called. 1

The Holy Gospel of St. John mentions Andrew as being the brother of Simon Peter. (Jn. 1:40) St. Bishop NIKOLAI (Velimirovic) said after the descent of the Holy Spirit, St. Andrew was to preach the Gospel in Byzantium, Thrace, along the Danube, in Russia by the Black Sea, in Epirus, Greece and the Peloponnese. 2

St. Andrew suffered and was crucified, finishing his earthly life in the year 62. 3

Contemporary believers benefit from researching and studying the history of the Church from the time of Jesus Christ to the present. Contemporary believers benefit from considering the suffering of the Holy Apostles.

In America, great abundance is evident. In America, there is evidence of great excess of wealth. Serious believers and followers of Jesus Christ seem relatively few.

St.Andrew had the experience of knowing Jesus Christ at the time when the Twelve Apostles were being assembled by Christ. St. Andrew had the experience of knowing Jesus Christ in the flesh.

Contemporary believers also have the opportunity to know Jesus Christ. The Epistle to the Hebrews says: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Heb. 13:8)

Contemporary believers have the opportunity to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the Holy Divine Liturgy.

We learn from St.Andrew the importance of following Jesus Christ. We learn from St. Andrew the importance of being steadfast in faith in the face of great adversity.

Jesus invited St.Andrew and the disciple who was with him to "Come and see." (Jn. 1:39) Each person is invited to "Come and see." Each believer is invited: "In the fear of God and in faith, draw near."

Experiencing Jesus Christ is an incomparable experience. Experiencing Jesus Christ changes one's life forever. It is the consciousness of knowing the experience that brings about the change. The believer knows that life is now different, that Jesus Christ is "King and God."
12003 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada. Editor, Very Rev. Petar Milosevich. Published by the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada. St. Louis, Missouri, p.33.
2St. Nikolai Velimirovic. The Prologue of Ohrid. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002, p.603.
3Ibid.

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