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Wish Scots, Romanians, and Pagans a Happy St. Andrew’s Day

St. Andrew’s Day is celebrated on November 30. Many people (most of them of Scottish descent) think of St. Andrew as the patron saint of Scotland. That’s true, but he is also the patron saint of Romania, and that’s where it gets interesting.

Saint Andrew is represented in the New Testament to be the disciple who introduced his brother, the Apostle Peter, to Jesus as the Messiah. Accounts over the years Andrew preached along the Black Sea and the Dnieper river as far as Kyiv, and from there he traveled to Novgorod. Hence, he became a patron saint of Ukraine, Romania, and Russia. Andrew, along with Saint Stachys, is recognized as the patron saint of the Byzantine Patriarchate.

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