The Scottish flag is believed to be the oldest flag still in use in Europe. Its ensign of St. Andrew’s Cross goes back all the way to the 8th or 9th century.
At that time, according to legend, the Scots and Anglo-Saxons were at war. The boisterous Anglo-Saxon army was chasing the heavily outnumbered Scots, confident they would soon corner and crush the stubborn fellows.
One night, the Scots stopped and turned to face the Anglo-Saxons. The Scots’ king, knowing that he must give battle the next day, prayed hard for victory. It is said that as he slept, he dreamt that St. Andrew came to him and promised triumph over the Anglo-Saxons.
The next morning, the armies drew up for battle. Just then, the Scots looked up and saw white clouds in the sky forming a very deliberate X, the shape of St. Andrew’s Cross. That day, the tiny army crushed the Anglo-Saxons.
Since then, Scotland has taken St. Andrew as its patron saint, and his cross is its emblem. His feast day is a great national holiday.
St. Andrew wishes to intercede for you, just as he did for the Scots. Pray to him and the other Apostles with the Twelve Apostles Crucifix. Fashioned in the style of carved wood, this crucifix depicts groups of three Apostles at each end of the cross. A special way to honor St. Andrew and the Apostles. Available today at The Catholic Company!