This cross is shaped as a simple “X” and is often seen on state flags, shields, and coats of arms. It is named after Andrew who introduced his brother, Simon Peter, to Jesus. According to tradition Andrew was martyred in Greece by crucifixion on an X-shaped cross. In Christian art, he is usually represented holding or leaning on an X-shaped cross.
It was Andrew who introduced Peter to Jesus and is therefore considered the first “missionary.”
“He [Andrew] first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41)
For those whose simple acts and humbles ways showed to us Jesus, we are grateful.
For those who through words spoken and unspoken revealed to us Jesus, we are thankful.
For those who have found what has made them whole and has illuminated our search, we are forever more changed. In the name of the Changless One. Amen.