Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Philip the Apostle

Philip the Apostle
Memorial
3 May (Roman calendar) (formerly 1 May); 14 November (Greek calendar)
Profile
Disciple of Saint John the Baptist. Apostle. Brought Saint Nathanael to Christ. Confidant of Jesus. Little is known about him, but scriptural episodes give the impression of a shy, naive, practical individual. Preached in Greece and Asia Minor. Martyr.
Born
at Bethsaida, Palestine
Died
martyred c.80 at Hierapolis, Phrygia
Name Meaning
lover of horses (Philip)
Canonized
Pre-Congregation
Patronage
Frascati, Italy; hatters; Luxembourg; Monterotondo, Italy; Nemi, Italy; pastry chefs; San Felipe Indian Pueblo; Uruguay
Prayers
Prayer to...
Representation
elderly bearded man holding a basket of loaves and a cross which is often t-shaped elderly man casting a devil from the idol of Mars; elderly man crucified on a tall cross; elderly man holding loaves and fishes; elderly man with a dragon nearby; elderly man with a loaf and book; elderly man with a snake nearby; loaves of bread; man baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch; man holding a book or scroll reading descendit ad inferna; tall cross; with Saint Andrew

Prayer to Saint Philip

O Glorious Saint Philip, at the Last Supper you said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father and it will be enough for us." Help us to make this our prayer also and to seek God in all things. Obtain for us the grace to know the Father and Jesus Christ whom he has sent - for in this does eternal life consist.

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