Hymns for the feast of St Andrew (30 November)

This is a selection of hymns for the feast of Saint Andrew, which celebrates Jesus' calling of Andrew as recorded in Matthew 4:18-20 and Mark 1:16 -18.

The hymn suggestions below are either directly about Andrew, or based on the themes from his lift and ministry.

About St Andrew

Although he is best known in the English speaking world as patron saint of Scotland, Andrew is also the patron of Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, San Andres Island, Colombia and Saint Andrew, Barbados. And also of fishermen, fishmongers and rope-makers, textile workers, singers, miners, pregnant women, butchers, farm workers, protection against sore throats, convulsions, fever and whooping cough.

As Simon-Peter's brother, he is regarded as the first apostles - and so his feast is close to the start of Advent. After Jesus death and resurrection, Andrew is believed to have evangelised in Georgia, Romania and the Ukraine, and to have been ship-wrecked and performed a miracle in Cyprus.

Because of his strong association with Scotland, the Scottish flag and also the Union Flag includes St Andrew's saltire cross.


First: Romans 10:8b-18 =    Paul asks, how will they hear the faith, unless it be preached?  ... Indeed they have; for “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”

Psalm  19:1-6 - The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just / The law of the Lord is perfect / The precepts of the LORD are right / The fear of the Lord is pure /

Gospel: Matthew 4:18-22 - Jesus calls the fishermen, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother... “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”

Free-use hymns

By all your Saints Still Striving
With verse 2:
We praise apostle Andrew,
The first to welcome you,
The first to lead his brother,
The first disciples true.
With hearts for you made ready,
We watch throughout the year,
And strive to join our comrades,
And own your Advent near.

As Blessed Andrew on a Day

Eternal God of Power Supreme

Great Saint Andrew, Friend of Jesus

Hymn for St Andrew's Day

Hymn of Thanksgiving for the First Preachers of the Gospel

Jesus Calls us Over the Tumult

Now Let the Earth with Joy Resound

When Christ our Lord to Andrew Cried

Hymns which may still be copyright

Follow Me - Cockett

Galilee Song - Andersen

James and Andrew, Peter and John

Lord When you Came to the Seashore - Jabusch

Saint Andrew Called to Follow Christ

Sing of Andrew, John's Disciple - Daw

St Andrew's Day - Davidson

What Sense of Need led Andrew On - Dudley Smith

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