Saints of the Canon – Saint Philip

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 CommonsSaint Philip was the fourth of the fishermen of Bethsaida, in Galilee, to follow Our Lord:

“On the following day he would go forth into Galilee, and he finds Philip. And Jesus said to him: Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.” (John 1:33-34).

He and Saint Andrew were special friends. It was to him that Christ spoke about feeding the multitude: “When Jesus therefore had lifted up his eyes, and seen that a very great multitude is coming to him, he said to Philip: Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat?” (John 6:5).

And it was his friend, Andrew, who saw the boy with the loaves and fishes and brought him forward.

He was at Cana, a wedding guest.

During the Last Supper we hear Philip’s supplication: “Lord show us the Father and it is enough for us.” To which Jesus, answering him by name, replied: “So long a time I have been with you all, and have you all not known me? Philip, he that sees me, sees the Father also:” (John 14:9).

He preached in Phrygia, and died in Hierapolis, on a cross, stoned to death.

Tradition has it that the daughters of Saint Philip were the first of the holy women to dedicate their lives to God. They were probably joined by the daughters of Saint Philip the Deacon. (Acts 21:8,9)

– from The Saints of the Canon, by Monsignor John T. McMahon, M.A., Ph.D; Australian Catholic Truth Society, 1958