Saint Andrew’s Day

Ancient Scotland

Heritage is an essential component for a people, for a nation. One has to know where he or she came from in order to know where they are headed on the road of life.

National days are a must for people to embrace their past as they prepare for the future.  Unfortunately, there are too many iconoclasts on this planet traversing the cosmos.  These misguided souls fail to grasp the essentials, the ousia (Οὐσία) of life. The Aristotelian primary substances come into play here.

In my own ontological way, I would add National Days to this list of primary substances.  I realize I am making an elongated application here for a specific point.

Now, Saint Andrew based on the Gospels was the first disciple which followed the Nazarene Teacher at the insistence of John the Baptizer.  Andrew informed his brother Peter.  Along with their fishing partners, James and John—the sons of thunder, these became the core group of disciples.  John 1: 40-43 The New Jerusalem Bible.

How did the Apostle Andrew become the Patron Saint of Scotland?  According to legend the relics of Saint Andrew were carried from Constantinople to Cill Rìmhinn (current day St. Andrews). Scotland’s conversion to Christianity is attributed to Saint Andrew.

The Saltire cross of Saint Andrew can be traced back to his crucifixion in Western Greece where like his brother Peter asked not to be crucified like his Master.  The Saltire cross is an X shaped cross which the National Flag of Scotland demonstrates beautifully.

Flag of Scotland

As Scotland celebrates its national day, think about your country.  What national days do you observe?  How do you explain these to your children?  Are your country’s national days of importance to you?

What are your primary substances? On an individualistic level they are what you believe to be the essence, the ousia of your life on this orb hanging in infinite space as you prepare for what lies beyond this earth.


G. D. Williams       © 2011