Sunday, September 12, 2010

St. Andrew the Apostle (1st century)

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
"Come, follow me," Jesus said. "and I will make you fishers of men."
At once they left.
(St. Mark 1:17)

Being a double Pisces, with my sun and moon in that sign (like Michelangelo and Blessed Jacinta Marto), I love magical, mystical, watery things. So when I saw The Legend of Fairy Melusine: An Opera in Progress by Steven Jobe, last evening, I didn't want it to end.
In European folklore, Melusine is a woman who is part serpent or fish and lives around springs or rivers. She falls in love with a mortal named Rainmondin. The story was based on the version by Jean d'Arras.
The voices of Melusine and her sisters, Palatine and Melior, were exquisite and I was entranced by the puppetry. But, this isn't an opera review. It is to say that opera doesn't have to be stuffy. It can bring enchantment to our lives in unexpected ways.
St. Andrew the Apostle is the patron saint of singers. He was born in Bethsaida in the first century. He was a fisherman who was a disciple of St. John the Baptist before realizing that Jesus was the son of God.
St. Andrew the Apostle is said to be one of the disciples closest to Jesus. He preached throughout the Ukraine, Russia, and Romania and is also a patron saint of those places.
When St. Andrew the Apostle was martyred by crucifixion, his request to be bound to the Cross (not nailed because he felt he didn't deserve a death like Jesus) was granted. Some of St. Andrew the Apostle's relics, including his head, are kept at his cathedral in Amalfi, Italy. His feast day is Nov. 30.

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