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"Lord, do not let me come down alive! It is time for you to entrust my body to the earth. You entrusted it to me, and I have borne it so long and watched over it and worked so hard, and now I wish to be discharged of this obedience and relieved of this most burdensome garment. I think of how I have labored to carry its weight, to control its unruliness, to support its weakness, to compel its slow responses. You know, O Lord, how often it has struggled to draw me away from the purity of contemplation and awaken me from the repose of that most sweet stillness, how many and how grave pains it has inflicted on me. O most kind Father, I have resisted the assaults of this body for so long, and with your help I have mastered it. Just and loving Rewarder, I beg of you not to leave it any longer in my care! I give back what you entrusted to me. Commend it to the earth so that I will not have to take care of it, and it will not curb and hamper me, thirsting as I am to come freely to you, the inexhaustible source of life and joy."1

And with that, Andrew passed from this life. Andrew was buried in Patras, where a church currently stands over the supposed site of his crucifixion. Over the centuries, legend tells us that a bishop in Patras,



named Rule, was commanded by an angel to move the holy relics of the apostle in a northwestern direction until the angel told him to stop. The bishop obeyed, taking the relics to a town in Scotland that is now called St. Andrews. It is for this reason that Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and the saltire cross is a part of Scotland’s national flag.

1. When Andrew is portrayed, he is old with unkempt, graying hair. He is usually symbolized by a Latin cross (early tradition) or the more common saltire cross (later tradition) which he was crucified upon. 2. A fishhook, net and crossed fish can also be used, referring back to his days as a fisherman. 3. A lesser used symbol is a builder’s square which is sometimes shown with a spear.

BARTHOLOMEW – (1st century) – It is thought that Bartholomew (mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke) is the same person as Nathaniel (John 1:45-51). According to tradition, Bartholomew took missionary journeys to India, Phrygia and Armenia. While he was preaching in Albanople, he was seized by the governor, flayed, crucified and then beheaded.
Bartholomew, for some reason, was not widely used in art or stained glass.

1. Bartholomew is portrayed with flaying knives, a cross with skin stretched on it, a Bible with a flay knife in it and/or a scimitar. These items reference his martyrdom. 2. A branch from a fig tree can also symbolize Bartholomew, referring to the time Jesus saw him from afar off, sitting under a fig tree.

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