Ukrainian Orthodox Church   of St. Andrew the Apostle
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    Andrew the Apostle was a Christian Apostle and the brother of Saint Peter. He was born in the  village of Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. Both he and his brother Peter were fishermen by trade,  hence the tradition that Jesus called them to be his disciples by saying that he will make them  "fishers of men".        Andrew at once recognized Jesus as the Messiah, and hastened to introduce him to his  brother. Thenceforth, the two brothers were disciples of Christ. On a subsequent occasion, prior to  the final call to the Apostolate, they were called to a closer companionship, and then they left all  things to follow Jesus.         Saint Andrew the apostle is believed to have traveled up the western shores of the Black Sea,  to the area of present-day southern Ukraine, while preaching in the lands of Scythia. He traveled  further still, up the Dnieper River, until he came to the location of present-day Kiev in 55 AD, where  he erected a cross, and  where the St. Andrew's Church of Kiev currently stands,  and prophesied  the foundation of a great Christian city. Hence, he became a patron saint of Ukraine.        On his journeys the First-Called Apostle endured many sufferings and torments.  The final city  to which the Apostle came was the city of Patra, where he was destined to suffer martyrdom by  crucifixion. Early texts, such as the Acts of Andrew known to Gregory of Tours describe Andrew as  bound, not nailed, to a Latin cross of the kind on which Jesus is said to have been crucified; yet a  tradition developed that Andrew had been crucified on a cross of the form called Crux decussata (X- shaped cross), now commonly known as a "Saint Andrew's Cross".             A few centuries later, under the emperor Constantine the Great, the relics of the holy Apostle  Andrew were solemnly transferred to Constantinople and placed in the church of the Holy Apostles  beside the relics of the holy Evangelist Luke and St Paul's disciple St Timothy. In September 1964,  Pope Paul VI ordered that all of the relics of St. Andrew that were in Vatican City be sent back to  Patras. All the relics and the cross on which he was martyred, have been kept in the Church of St.  Andrew at Patras in a special shrine and are revered in a special ceremony every November 30, his feast day.  
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