Today, the Orthodox Church joyfully commemorates St. Andrew the First called, the founder of the Church of Constantinople!

The Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called was the first of the Apostles to follow Christ, and he later brought his own brother, the holy Apostle Peter, to Christ (John 1:35-42).

As an Apostle of Christ, Saint Andrew was tasked to preach the Gospel in Asia Minor (Now Turkey), Macedonia, Romania and even as far as Russia. He is considered the founder of the Christian Church in Constantinople, as each and every ordination of a Patriarch, a Bishop, a Priest or Deacon can be traced back to the original Apostle Andrew.

He is considered the founder and the first bishop of the Church of Byzantium and is consequently the Patron Saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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    happy saint andrew day everyone!
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    Our saint! O Andrew first-called of the apostles, Brother of Peter the first-enthroned, intercede with the Master of all...
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