ALMIGHTY God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay: Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil thy holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE EPISTLE. Romans 10. 8.
WHAT saith the Scripture?
Near is the word, in thy mouth and in thy heart, even the word which we proclaim. If thou shalt confess with thy mouth that Jesus is Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved; for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith,
Whosoever believeth on him shall not be put to shame.
For there is no difference between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord of all is rich unto all that call upon him; for
Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they be sent? As it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of them that bring glad tidings of good things!
But they have not all obeyed the Gospel; for Isaiah saith,
Lord, who hath believed our report?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. And yet I say, Have they not heard? Yea, verily,
Their sound went out into all the earth, And their words unto the ends of the world.
THE GOSPEL. St Matthew 4. 18.
JESUS, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me; and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
Artwork: Luca Giordano, The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew, c. 1650-59. Oil on canvas, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.