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Andrew came from Bethsaida in Galilee. Like his father and his brother Simon, he was a fisherman. A disciple of John the Baptist, Andrew was present at Jesus’ baptism. When John stated “Behold the Lamb of God”, Andrew understood and followed Jesus. Going to his brother Simon Peter, Andrew told him that he had found the Messiah. Thus Andrew is known as the first disciple of Jesus. Later, when Jesus chose his apostles, Andrew was among the Twelve.

It is uncertain where Andrew preached or where he died, but ancient tradition associates him with Greece. Another tradition links him with Scotland, where his memory is said to have inspired the first bishop. The cross of Saint Andrew, which represents Scotland on the Union Jack, was first associated with Andrew in the 10th century. He is a patron saint of Scotland and Russia, of the Greek Church and of the fishing industry.

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