The Scottish flag: a blue field with a white saltire. (Artwork by Gareth J M Saunders.)
Today is the feast of St Andrew, apostle and Patron Saint of Scotland (and Russia and Romania). The special ‘collect’ prayer for today:
who gave such grace to your apostle Saint Andrew
that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ
and brought his brother with him:
call us by your holy word,
and give us grace to follow you without delay
and to tell the good news of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
When I was a student at the Unversity of St Andrews I used to love November. November opens with All Saints’ Day (1 November) and closes with St Andrew’s Day (30 November) and as chance would have it there are two Scottish Episcopal Churches in St Andrews: All Saints and St Andrew’s. The fact that my birthday also fell in the middle of November had nothing to do with it!