SAINT ANDREW, ARCHBISHOP OF CRETE, FULL BODY 9548 St. Andrew was born in the city of Damascus during the seventh century. At fourteen years of age he went to Jerusalem and became a monk. Andrew was sent to the Sixth Ecumenical Council, and here the saint contended against heretical teachings, relying upon his profound knowledge of Orthodox doctrine. Shortly after St Andrew was consecrated bishop of the city of Gortineia on the island of Crete. St. Andrew wrote many liturgical hymns and many canons of our church. He died on the island of Mytilene in the year 712.