Tuesday, 30th November, St. Andrew: From Bethsaida, was a disciple of John the Baptist when he was called by Jesus. He, in turn, brought his brother to Jesus. He is said to have suffered martyrdom by crucifixion on this date, but the tradition of an x-shaped cross comes much later. Patron of Scotland, Russia and fishermen.
Friday, 3rd December, St. Francis Xavier: 1506-52. One of the first seven Jesuits, he was sent to India by St. Ignatius. He converted many in Goa and later in Japan. He died as he tried to enter China. A patron of the missions. (One of his arms is venerated in the Church of the Gesu in Rome)
Saturday, 4th December, St. John Damascene: 675-749, was a Syrian Christian theologian. He became a priest in the monastery of St. Sabas near Jerusalem and was a leading figure in the defence of icons in the iconoclastic controversy.