Metropolis of Boston celebrates its patron saint – Apostle Andrew
BOSTON – The metropolis of Boston celebrated its Feast of the Throne on St. Andrew’s Day with an archieratic Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Boston officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston with the participation of numerous priests.
Cardinal Sean O’Mally of Boston was also in attendance, also this year observing the tradition that was established many years ago of exchanging visits from the Patron Saints of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. . The hierarchs spoke of their deep friendship for one another, but also of the powerful joy that Saint Andrew felt in bringing the Gospel to his brother Peter – and how this joy must be ours as we proclaim this together. same Gospel to the world.
Metropolitan Methodios in his speech said the following:
“We thank God this morning for giving us the opportunity to celebrate the venerable commemoration of Saint Andrew the First Called, founder and patron saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and of our metropolis.
“Cardinal Sean, our joy is heightened by your presence and participation. It is indeed an honor for us. It is a great blessing from God that the exchange of visits from our two churches to our respective saints was established in Rome and Constantinople and here in Boston several decades ago.
“Our fraternal bond is symbolically manifested and strengthened with our desire for this unity in Christ to go even further in adhering to the will of our Savior ‘that all may be one’ (John 17:21).
“We read in the first chapter of the Gospel according to Saint John that Saint Andrew was filled with such jubilation and such enthusiasm to meet the Lord that he hastened to find his brother Simon in order to share with him the Gospel – the good news – indeed the most important news in the history of mankind – that “we have found the Messiah” (John 1:42) which means Christ. The joyous news is immediately followed by the meeting of the two brothers with Jesus during which the Lord looks at Simon and gives him the name of Cephas which means Peter (John 1:42). From that moment, Peter becomes the head of the Apostles and the church is built on the rock of his faith. Thus, the meeting of Andrew and Peter with Jesus becomes the inauguration of the history and the realization of the Church. The two brothers are united from this moment not only by blood, but by something much more significant: the common confession that “we have found the Messiah”, namely Christ.
“This confession of Sts. Peter and Andrew that “we have found the Messiah” constitutes the fulfillment of the expectations of all humanity, of each human being, without distinction of race, color, sex or nationality. It also includes the development of men today who never stop seeking the Messiah.
“The proclamation ‘we have found the Messiah’ must also be heard today. It is the supreme vocation of the Church. However, in order for the Church to fulfill this imperative, I believe that the two brother apostles must once again proclaim their confession. Our Churches, Catholic and Orthodox, are called to rediscover the common voice of the two Apostles, the common confession of faith, and their “fraternal bond” in the body and blood of Christ so that the world can believe in Christ the Messiah.
“Thank you, Your Eminence, for honoring us with your presence. I deeply cherish your friendship and thank you for the remarkable and inspiring leadership you provide to all of God’s people.
“May Almighty God, through the intersessions of Saint Andrew whom we commemorate today and of his brother Apostle Saint Peter, continue to inspire your ministry. “