Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle and martyr
St. Andrew, Apostle. Brother of St. Peter, and initially a disciple of St. John the Baptist, he was the first to receive the call of Jesus. He died by crucifixion in Patras, after having preached the Gospel in Achaea and in other regions of Greece.
First Reading – Rom 10:9-18
Brothers and sisters: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The Scripture says, No one who believes in him will be put to shame. There is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news! But not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed what was heard from us? Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. But I ask, did they not hear? Certainly they did; for Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R.10) or John 6:63
R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple. R.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye. R.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just. R.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb. R.
Gospel – Mt 4:18-22
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him.
St. Tudwal, abbot and bishop (†sixth century). After emigrating to Brittany from Wales, he became the first Bishop of Tréguier, in Lower Brittany, France, where he built several monasteries.
St. Cuthbert Mayne, priest and martyr (†1577). He converted to Catholicism and was ordained priest. While exercising his ministry in England he was discovered and condemned to death during the reign of Elizabeth I.
St. Galgano Guidotti, hermit (†1181). After a dissolute youth, he lived as a penitent in the hermitage of Montesiepi, in Tuscany, Italy.
St. Thaddeus Liu Ruiting, priest and martyr (†1823). After enduring torture and more than two years of imprisonment, he was strangled to death in Quxian, China.
St. Joseph Marchand, priest and martyr (†1835). Priest of the Paris Foreign Missions Society; during the reign of Emperor Minh Mang, he was condemned to death by a hundred lashes in Huê, Vietnam.
Blessed John of Vercelli, priest (†1283). Ardent preacher of devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus. For nineteen years he held the post of Master General of the Dominican Order.
Blessed Frederick of Ratisbon, confessor (†1329). Religious from the Order of St. Augustine, a skilled carpenter, he stood out for his fervent prayer, obedience and charity.
Blessed Alexander Crow, priest and martyr (†1586). Imprisoned for exercising his priestly ministry in England, he was drawn and quartered during the reign of Elizabeth I.
Blessed Ludwik Roch Gientyngier, priest and martyr (†1941). Executed near Munich, Germany, during military occupation of Poland.