A Garner of Saints – Saint Philip the Apostle

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Philip the Apostle; 19th century by F X Zettler, Munich, Germany; parish church of Saint Alban, Gutenzell-Hürbel, Biberach, Germany; photographed in January 2015 by Andreas Praefcke; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Italian: Filippo) After the Ascension he preached the gospel in Scythia for twenty years, at the end of which time he was seized by the pagans who wished to force him to sacrifice to a statue of Mars. But there came out from beneath the image a huge dragon which killed the priest’s son who was bringing fire for the sacrifice, as well as two of the tribunes whose soldiers held Philip in chains, while the creature’s breath was so terrible that all the others who were present were made sick. Then Philip said, break the statue and adore the cross in its place in order that the sick may be healed and the dead raised. Those who were sick on the other hand cried out, Heal us and we will break the statue. Then Philip commanded the dragon to retire to a desert where he would injure no one, and immediately the monster withdrew and was never seen again. After that the apostle healed them all, raising the three dead men. And all were converted to the faith, and Philip remained a year, preaching to them. After that he proceeded to Hierapolis where he extinguished the heresy of the Ebionites. And there were two holy virgins, his daughters, who converted many to the faith. Seven days before his death he gathered together all his priests, clerks and bishops, confirming them in the faith and predicting his own martyrdom. And at the age of eighty-seven he was taken by the pagans, crucified and stoned. His body was buried in that city, and his two daughters were afterwards laid on either side of him. In process of time the apostle’s body is said to have been translated to Rome. 1st May.

Attributes

  • Staff or crozier with cross at the end, or carrying a cross in his hand.

MLA Citation

  • Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Saint Philip the Apostle”. A Garner of Saints, 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 April 2017. Web. 25 November 2017. <>