30/11: Feast of St Andrew – Pray To Our Patron Saint For Scotland… Urgently!

30/11: Feast of St Andrew – Pray To Our Patron Saint For Scotland… Urgently!

Maria Agnes Quinn, the young singer in the above video, writes: 

I KNOW IT IS VERY STACCATO  – my breathing was laboured because I’d had a bout of crying after singing and recording the Final Commendation in honour of my gran … Plus this hymn without music is actually a LOT MORE difficult than you’d think…  (My face reflects my mistakes! Ha!) …

Editor writes:

Dear Marie – please don’t apologise…

I consider your singing to be a lovely rendering of our national hymn, and, in fact, the very best of the few versions on offer on YouTube. Yes, it would be great to find a version with a professional organist, choir (with you lead singer!) and even drum effect. That would be very stirring.  However, I have the same search every year with the same result – no organ, no drums, no choir.  So, thank you Marie Agnes Quinn: I’ll be posting the link to this thread on your YouTube channel, trusting that you will be pleased to be featured here to mark this year’s Feast of our national patron saint. This is our Catholic Truth version of a Grammy Award 😀  

Note, too, everyone, the urgent need to pray for Scotland this year in particular, as we are moving very quickly into a very different way of life – under indefinite, if not permanent, totalitarian governance.  We have, in fact, lost our freedom.  All the more reason, therefore, to redouble our prayers to our national Patron Saint; the dire state of life in Scotland at this time, however, should not prevent us from celebrating this great Feast, so, as usual with devotional threads, feel free to post any relevant news and issues, as well as your favourite prayers, novenas, hymns and jokes. Just go easy on the “mean Scot” stories. 😀

Happy Feast everyone!

                               The lyrics are copied below, so that we can all sing along with Marie.                                         When Christ our Lord to Andrew cried:
“Come, thou, and follow me,”

the fisher left his net beside
the Sea of Galilee.

To teach the truth his Master taught,
to tread the path he trod

was all his will and thus he brought
unnumbered souls to God.

When Andrew’s hour had come, and he
was doomed, like Christ to die,
he kissed his cross exultingly,
and this his loving cry:
“O noble cross! O precious wood!
I long have yearned for thee;
uplift me to my only good
who died on thee for me.”

The faith that Andrew taught
once shone o’er all this kingdom fair;
the cross that Jesus died upon
was honoured everywhere.
But times once changed and Andrew’s name
was for a while forgot;
the cross, though set in kingly crown,
became a sign of shame.

St Andrew now in bliss above,
thy fervent prayers renew
that Scotland yet again may love
the faith, entire and true;
that I the cross allotted me
may bear with patient love! ‘
Twill lift me, as it lifted thee,
to reign with Christ above.

Comments (20)

  • editor

    Just to mention that Marie is singing the politically correct version of verse 3 –

    “But times have changed
    And Andrew’s name
    Was for a while forgot!”
    The cross, though set in kingly crown,
    Became a sign of shame.

    Should be (as per the traditional verse)…

    But evil men that faith beat down
    Reviling Andrew’s name!
    The cross, though set in Kingly crown
    Became a sign of shame”

    Marie is obviously too young to have been taught the traditional version – it’s such a pity that so many of the beautiful, rich hymns of old have been changed to suit the ecumaniacs. Tragic.

    November 29, 2020 at 11:21 pm
    • RCAVictor


      On the same page as the above rendition, I found this performed by the Motherwell DIocesan Choir, with organ, but it’s also on YouTube:


      As for jokes, I never met a mean Scot I didn’t like…

      November 30, 2020 at 1:07 am
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Yes, I saw that when I was searching for this hymn, but I decided on Marie, because I can hear every word – not so easy with the other versions, although they are still praiseworthy.

        Laughed at your joke… this one made me smile a hollow smile… 😀


        Happy Feast!

        November 30, 2020 at 9:35 am
    • Margaret USA

      In the Byzantine Tradition, Nov. 30 is the Feast of the Holy and All Praiseworthy Apostle Andrew the First-Called:


      AFAIK, he’s the only Apostle other than Sts. Peter & Paul (June 29) to get Festal Matins for his feast day.

      Excerpt from Great Vespers:

      Your preaching gives light to godless nations,* glorious vessel of the ruler of the sea!* Your wisdom calms the stormy waves.* You are the salt of the earth, seasoning us with incorruption,* silencing the ravings of clever orators!* By his prayers, deliver us from the proud ones of the earth, O Lord,* grant purity to our hearts and salvation to our souls.

      Excerpt from Festal Matins:

      Destroying the boldness of the idols and yearning for the sufferings of Christ,* you revealed yourself to be an apostle, blessed one,* raining down wonders from heaven and teaching the nations, most blessed one!* Therefore, fittingly honouring your memory in hymns,* we glorify and magnify you, apostle of the Lord, in faith.* Pray to Christ God that He may grant remission of sins to those who celebrate your holy memory with love!

      Source: Royal Doors

      And he is my brother’s heavenly Patron too!

      O Holy Apostle Andrew, pray to God for Ukraine, Scotland, and my brother who bears your name!

      November 30, 2020 at 4:27 am
      • editor

        Margaret USA,

        Thank you for that – happy Feast day to you and to all the people in the other (several) countries where St Andrew is the Patron Saint!

        November 30, 2020 at 9:36 am
  • Catherine

    Happy Feast today to all!

    November 30, 2020 at 8:40 am
    • editor


      Happy Feast to you and yours, as well!

      November 30, 2020 at 9:37 am
  • Michaela

    Happy Feast to one and all at CT!

    It’s something to think that St Andrew would be in trouble in Scotland these days if he tried to preach the faith “entire and true” when the new Hate Crime Bill becomes law. Although there have been amendments, it’s still an attack on free speech, says the Christian Institute.

    November 30, 2020 at 9:44 am
    • editor


      Thank you for that reminder of the need to be vigilant – this proposed Hate Crime bill is definitely dangerous.

      December 1, 2020 at 12:14 am
  • Love Alone

    Reblogged this on Nelson MCBS.

    November 30, 2020 at 11:14 am
  • Lily

    A very happy St Andrew’s Day to everyone on this blog.

    I love Marie’s voice – it’s beautiful.

    The hymn to St Andrew is always magnificent when you hear the organ and drums but I think those days are gone – the government says so!

    As for Scottish stories, here’s a really funny one, IMHO –

    “How’s the flat you’re living in in London, Jock?” asks his mother when he calls home to Aberdeen.

    “It’s okay,” he replies, “but the woman next door keeps screaming and crying all night and the guy on the other side keeps banging his head on the wall.”

    “Never you mind,” says his mother, “don’t you let them get to you, just ignore them.”

    “Aye, that I do,” he says, “I just keep playing my bagpipes.”


    November 30, 2020 at 11:18 am
    • RCAVictor


      “Banging his head against the wall”? Gee, that reminds me of my last night in Glasgow in 2008…

      November 30, 2020 at 11:01 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    Happy Feast Day everyone,

    And a prayer in honour of Saint Andrew.


    November 30, 2020 at 12:08 pm
  • editor

    Here’s some news from a talkRadio interview on the Julia Hartley-Brewer show this morning, where she speaks to a student from Newcastle, For our far flung readers and bloggers, Newcastle is something of a stone’s throw from the Scottish border, so we should all be concerned about his experience with law enforcement over the weekend. Why we are not seeing and hearing similar reports about excessive police activity in Scotland can only be thanks to the meek obedience of our very compliant population. Even seeing a fleeting clip from Braveheart makes me laugh these days…

    November 30, 2020 at 12:47 pm
  • gabriel syme

    A happy feast day to all!

    November 30, 2020 at 2:22 pm
  • Athanasius

    Happy Feast day to all bloggers and lurkers and, yes, to Editor too!! Good God, how we need St. Andrew’s help for our country now!

    November 30, 2020 at 5:53 pm
  • editor

    Here’s the First Minister being interviewed on Good Morning Britain this morning – not even a hint of the fact that this is the Feast of our national Patron Saint… Who would have thought that once-Catholic Scotland would end up in “tiers” (so to speak) 😀 Seriously, since we’re awarding lovely Marie a Grammy, we really ought to award Nicola the Catholic Truth equivalent of an Oscar for Best Actress – let me see now, what could that be… O yes, a prayer to St Jude (Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases)…


    November 30, 2020 at 9:50 pm
    • RCAVictor


      It turns out that about 98% of the leaders of the once-free West are actors, playing the role of representatives of the people. But now that script has been removed from their teleprompters and exposed them for what they are: traitors and stooges. Well-paid traitors and stooges,I should add.

      Perhaps we can call this “The Great Unmasking.”

      November 30, 2020 at 11:10 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        “The Great Unmasking” – LOVE it!

        November 30, 2020 at 11:54 pm
  • editor

    For the record, the following very interesting article about vaccination mentions the medal – very appropriate for this thread, although I’m sorry we didn’t have it here before now, as it’s time to close up shop… I will post it elsewhere on the blog, though.

    This thread is now closed to comments, with sincere thanks to everyone who contributed.

    God bless you – and keep praying for Scotland.

    December 1, 2020 at 12:15 am

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