30/11: St Andrew’s Day – Foibles & Fun

Editor writes…

In the video clip below, Ben Shapiro, a young Jewish man, well-known American social commentator, recounts an entertaining story about his one of his wife’s foibles…  

As we approach the Feast of our national patron, Saint Andrew, it’s perhaps a good time to take a break from all the serious debates, and share our stories of the foibles within our own family / circle of friends.  Makes us laugh – if not with family foibles, then with your favourite jokes. Feel free to share your own jokes and stories, favourite music for the Feast day – although don’t feel obliged to treat us to the bagpipes! 

And a word of warning.  It’s just about impossible, I’m very sad to say, to find a Scottish joke that falls into the category of “good, clean fun”.  I’ve found one of the very few, see below, so don’t feel obliged to post Scottish jokes.  Any jokes that fall into our strict “good, clean fun” rule, will be welcomed. Here’s one of my own favourites … although if you struggle to read the Tea-Towel below, you can read a slightly shorter version here  (with apologies to our friends south of the border!) And finally, to mark the Feast, enjoy the  hymn to St Andrew, performed beautifully below by a young girl, Maria, unaccompanied.  I’ve heard it in churches, with rousing organ accompaniment (and sometimes drums as well!) but in this rendition, we hear every word.  A lovely performance.  I’ve posted a comment on YouTube to let Maria, know that we are enjoying her video here.  Happy Feast, Maria, if you visit us! 

Happy Feast of St Andrew, when it comes, to one and all…    

30 November… Feast of St Andrew!

The hymn to St Andrew (lyrics below) will, hopefully, ring out in Catholic churches across Scotland today, and remind us of the need to sincerely pray  the sentiment in the final verse, that Scotland yet again may love the faith, entire and true…

When Christ our Lord to Andrew cried: 
“Come, thou, and follow me,”
the fisher left his net beside the Sea of Galilee.              

 To teach the truth the Master taught,
 to tread the path he trod
 was all his will and thus he brought
 unnumbered souls to God.

When Andrew’s hour had come,
and he 
was doomed, like Christ to die,
 he kissed his cross exultingly,
 and this his noble cry:

“O noble cross! O precious wood!
 I long have yearned for thee;
 uplift me to my only good
 who died on thee for me.”

 The faith that Andrew taught once shone
 o’er all this kingdom fair;
 the cross that Jesus died upon
 was honoured everywhere.

But times once changed and Andrew’s name 
was for a while forgot;
the cross, though set in kingly crown,
became a sign of shame.

St Andrew now in bliss above,
thy fervent prayers renew 
that Scotland yet again may love
the faith, entire and true; 
that I the cross allotted me 

may bear with patient love!
‘Twill lift me, as it lifted thee,
to reign with Christ above.

Comment:

This thread is simply to mark the Feast Day of our national saint, so good wishes, favourite hymns and prayers, videos, even (good, clean) Scotsman jokes are welcome here!  Happy Feast Day everyone!