Día de San Andrés – Saint Andrew’s Day

¡Hola a todos! ¿Cómo estáis? Tras estas dos o tres semanas de parón, por fin os traigo el vídeo que os prometí sobre la historia del día de San Andrés, patrón de Escocia.

Si os ha gustado el vídeo, no olvidéis suscribiros a mi canal de YouTube y compartirlo 🙂

 

Hello everyone! How are you? Today I have uploaded the video I promised you before my holidays about the Saint patron of Scotland, Saint Andrew.

On the 30th of November, we have a bank holiday in Scotland honoring this saint. But who was Saint Andrew?

He was the younger brother of Saint Peter, and also a fisherman in Betseda, Israel. He used to preach the gospels in the region of the Black and Mediterranean Seas until he became Bishop of Byzantium and the patron of the Orthodox Church.

On the 30th of November AD60, he was crucified and he asked to have a different cross from the one of Jesus, and so he was crucified on an x-shaped cross. His relics were taken from Patras in Greece to Constantinople and from there to Amalfi in Italy.

Saint Regulus was the keeper of those relics until one day he had a dream in which God gave him the mission of taking them to the ”end of the world”, and so Saint Regulus started a trip to the North, until his ship was shipwrecked on the east coast of Scotland, not far from the current Saint Andrews.

But why does our flag look like this? The Scottish flag, also known as ‘Saltire’, is inspired by an event that took place on the year AD832. On this year, a battle between the Picts and the Angles was going to take place. The Picts were disheartened because the army of the Angles was far more numerous and experienced. The night before the battle, the leader of the Picts, King Angus II had a dream in which Saint Andrew appeared to him to tell him not to surrender, he was going to be by their side.

The following morning, the Picts saw how a white cross of clouds was forming in the blue sky. Recognizing the cross of Saint Andrew, they took courage and won the battle.

In the year AD1320, Saint Andrews was recognized for the first time as a center of pilgrimage. A village that hosts pilgrims up to this day. You can see Saint Andrew’s relics in Saint Mary’s Cathedral.

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