Celebrating our Patron Saint: Andrew
On November 30th, Scots around the world honor the legacy of Andrew to Apostle, the patron saint of Scotland. As the namesake for Scottish societies around the world, he's a central part of the country's national identity. A number of legends swirl around, but many claim that the bones of St. Andrew were brought to Scotland, historically on the grounds of the modern day town of St. Andrews.
St. Andrew and the Saltire Cross
The most enduring legend of St. Andrew's influence Scotland came from the heat of battle. In 832 AD, an army of Picts and Scots led by Oengus II was on the eve of battling a significantly larger army of Angles in the region of East Lothian. That night, he prayed that if he and his army won the battle, he would proclaim St. Andrew as the patron saint of Scotland. When morning arrived he saw what he took as divine inspiration: two long white clouds in the formation of an 'X' hovered in the sky above his army. Spurred on by this miracle, Oengus' combined army soundly defeated the Angles and immediately after, he proclaimed St. Andrew as the patron saint of Scotland. That image of white clouds against the sky blue background became the legendary inspiration for the Scottish national flag.
Just like other Scots, you can experience the solemnity of a St. Andrew's Day Celebration! Join us at the Racquet Club on 476 Kingshighway Blvd, St Louis, MO, 63108 on Friday, November 22nd. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a cocktail hour, with a buffet dinner beginning at 7:30 pm. There'll be wonderful food, music, and cash bar for non-Racquet Club members. There will be live music from 7:30 and through out dinner. Plus we'll have some wonderful talks from the board of directors, and much more. This is one special evening filled with good food and fellowship!
Regular ticket prices start at $50 with discounts available for society members. More information can be found on our calendar and online store. Ticket purchases also include valet parking at the Racquet Club. We'll see you then!
In the meantime, check out some of the pictures from last year's dinner!