November 30, 2018 – Stories of Hope

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Blessed feasts of blessed martyrs,

            Holy women, holy men,

            With affection’s recollections

            Greet we your return again. -12th Century Latin Hymn

The season of Advent begins by honoring St. Andrew, the brother of Peter.  November 30th is Saint Andrew’s feast day, but not many people know that.  In fact, I’d dare say not many people remember Saint Andrew himself!  His brother often stole the thunder.

I call Andrew the Patron Saint of the Second Fiddle, because he stood in his brother’s shadow throughout most of scripture, and yet he was one of the ones who “was in the room where it happened,” to quote the musical Hamilton.

His life is a story of hope; a testament that you don’t have to be *the* mover and shaker, but can be the support, the one in the wings, the understudy and still be remembered and honored and held in blessed memory.

  1. Who has played a supporting role in your life who you can thank today?
  2. In what ways can you be a better support for those God is working through in these Advent days?

Let us pray. Holy one who remembers everyone, even those too easily forgotten in this world, we give you thanks for your servant, Andrew, and for all who are in the shadows of this world, working for good without much recognition.  Make us mindful of those we too often skip over, that they, too, might know how good and blessed their effort is in your kingdom.  Amen.


All italicized quotes, poems, and prayers come from An Advent Sourcebook (Liturgy Training Publications/Chicago, IL, 1986).

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