St Andrew’s Cross The
phrase “St Andrew’s Flag” has long become sustainable and is associated exclusively with the fleet, but it still begs the question: why exactly this the male name is chosen for the name, because it could well have been Aleksandrovsky, Ivanovsky or Fedorovsky. The whole thing is that as a symbol for the banner is chosen a special cross, which is called St. Andrew’s.
And its history is as follows: among the apostles of Jesus there were two brothers-fisherman Peter and Andrew, about the latter just mentioned in the popular song “Walking on water” in the 90s of the last century. After Christ’s crucifixion, he traveled, preached Christian teaching, and was executed in Greece. He took martyrdom on a cross, the shape of which represents the intersection of two beams, whipped into the ground under an incline and forming a sharp angle. Therefore, the two intersecting lines are the symbol of the Apostle Andrew.
proportions of the sides of the St. Andrew’s flag are 2 to 3, and the width of the blue stripes is 1/10 of the length.
Why it is Apostle Andrew
connection between Apostle Andrew and the Navy of the Russian Federation is not obvious, but there are two reasons, $ why the symbol of this martyr adorns the flags of our fleet. First, in his wanderings Andrey Pervozvny reached the places that later became Russia, and even according to some betrayals left in Kiev his thimble cross. The assertion of this can be questioned, because the emergence of the first urban settlements on the right bank of the Dnieper refers to 5-6 century AD.
And although the legend remains a legend, it is because of it that Andrey Pervozvny is one of the patrons of Russia. The second fact linking the Apostle to the Navy is his profession — he fished in the Sea of Galilee. And as part of the fish went for sale, initially it patronized all sea trade, and after St. Andrew’s Cross decorated flags of warships.
Peter the Great honored Andrew the First-born, and it was he by his decree that approved the appearance of stern flags in 1720.
St. Andrew’s Cross on other Flags Interestingly
, the symbol of the fisherman apostle, whom Christ called to his disciples first, is very popular in emblematics and, in particular, heraldry. St Andrew’s Cross can easily be seen in the flag of Great Britain, Scotland, Jamaica, the American states of Alabama and Florida, the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza. Also it was used during the Great Patriotic War by Vlasov units, and now it is part of the Huys of such maritime states as Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Belgium.