My wife and I have been blessed with 3hree children.
It is not uncommon for people to notice the uniqueness of their names–
Tansy (age 11) was named after the tansy plant.
Becket (age 9) named after Thomas a’ Becket
And Andrew (age 3).
The usual comment regarding our children’s names is: “Tansy, Becket, and Andrew? What happened with his name…? ” Understandably, implying that Andrew has a normal name.
But I dispel their inquirery by responding… “He is named after St. Andrew, the Fool for Christ.” That response usually is received with acceptance that though Andrew might be a normal name, the reason behind the name is unique enough to satisfy.
I share that story to say, today Saint Andrew, fool-for-Christ of Constantinople is commemorated today (Oct 2 on the Old School -aka: “Church calendar”).
Read the life of Saint Andrew, Fool-for-Christ here.
Saint Andrew, please pray to God for us all.
Troparion, Tone 4
Thou didst choose foolishness for the sake of Christ/ and didst make the crafty one foolish./ Thou didst persevere with thy struggle in the midst of turmoil,/ and Christ has brought thee to paradise./ Intercede with Him, O Andrew for those who honor thee.
Many years to you my little gromit!!