The ruins of St. Andrew monastery

The ruins of the Monastery of Saint Andrew are located at the end of Betiga.  the discoveries include numerous floor mosaics, tombs, traces of mosaics etc. there are also remains of a three nave chapel from the 4th-5th Century with a coloured floor mosaics and  and every part of the chapel. The original Chapel was later incorporated into a newly built three nave Basilica whose central floor also had floor mosaics with the names of the donors. on the northern side of the Basilica there is an atrium with a cistern surrounded by portico’s, as well as residential and manufacturing areas.

Early Middle Ages along the southern side of the Basilica there is a baptistery and the new cemetery chapel. It is believed that the entire complex belong to the benedictine monastery during the 7th or 19th century and the Benedictines have thoroughly restored the complex. additionally from mince to 13th century the benedictines have built a completely new part west of the Basilica with a monastery, atrium, cistern and additional residential areas. Search was abandoned in the 13th century because of the plague epidemic.

 

Prayer to St. Andrew 

Oh brother of Simon Peter you heard John the Baptist saying “behold the Lamb of God” and you decided to follow Jesus. Abandoning your net you became the fisherman of souls. You who adored the crucified Christ and was crucified like Him, teach us to live and suffer for Him and to win over many Souls for Christ. Amen.

” O Glorious Saint Andrew, you were the first to recognize and follow the Lamb of God.
With your friend Saint John you remained with Jesus for that first day, for your entire life, and now throughout eternity.

As you led your brother Saint Peter to Christ and many others after him, draw us also to Him.
Teach us to lead others to Christ solely out of love for Him and dedication in His service.

Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross and to carry our daily crosses without complaint so that they may carry us to Jesus.”