Tomorrow, November 30, in the Orthodox calendar, is the day of remembrance of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called. Andrew the First-Called was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He was born in Bethsaida, a city on the northern shore of the Lake of Galilee, and was a fisherman along with his brother Peter. He was originally a disciple of John the Baptist, but after John pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God, Andrew followed Christ and became His first follower. Andrew also brought his brother Peter to Jesus and was present at many events of His earthly life, such as the Holy Supper, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Ascension.

After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Andrew received a blessing from Jesus to preach the Gospel in various countries, especially in the east of the Roman Empire. According to legend, he also visited the Scythian lands, where he predicted the appearance of Kiev and erected a cross on one of the mountains. He finished his ministry in Patras, a city in Greece, where he was crucified on an X-shaped cross on the orders of the local ruler Aegeates. His relics were transferred to Constantinople and then to Amalfi. He is venerated as a saint and martyr in all Christian churches and is the patron saint of Ukraine and Scotland.

Church holiday November 30 - the day of remembrance of St. Frumentius

Saint Frumentius was the first bishop of Axum to bring Christianity to Ethiopia. He was born in Tyre, a city on the coast of Lebanon, and was ethnically Syro-Phoenician Greek. When he was a child, he, along with his brother Edesius, accompanied his uncle Meropius, a Christian merchant, on a journey to India. On the way, their ship stopped in one of the harbors of the Red Sea, where the locals killed all the crew members except for two boys who were taken as slaves to the king of Axum. The boys gained the trust of the king and his widow, who asked them to help her raise the young heir Ezana.

Frumentius and Edesius spread Christianity among merchants and natives, and converted and baptized King Ezana. After the king's death, Edesius returned to Tyre, and Frumentius went to Alexandria, where he asked Patriarch Athanasius to appoint a bishop for Ethiopia. Athanasius ordained Frumentius bishop and sent him back to Axum, where he founded the Church in Ethiopia. He died around the year 383 and was proclaimed a saint and martyr.

Signs of November 30

Folk omens on November 30 / Photo: Pexels

What you can't do tomorrow

On Andrew Winter, as our ancestors called this day, it was impossible to offend fishermen and sailors. And all because Andrew is considered their patron. It was also forbidden to quarrel in the family, because even a small quarrel could have too serious consequences.

What you can do tomorrow

On St. Andrew's Day, the girls gathered in groups, sang, danced, had fun, and then divined the betrothed. At night, it was customary to throw coins out of the window, with this unmarried women called on brides.