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Ss. Philip and James (May 3)

St. Philip was born at Bethsaida in Galilee. He was one of the apostles and a disciple of John the Baptist. Philip heard the call of Jesus, "Follow Me," and accompanied Jesus on His public ministry. He is mentioned in St. John's Gospel, and invited the apostle, Bartholomew, to come and see Christ. At the Last Supper he said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough."

 
According to tradition, Philip was present with the apostles who spent ten days waiting in the upper room in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. After the Death of Christ, Philip preached the Gospel in Phrigia, Asia Minor. He was martyred at Hierapolis by soldiers who were loyal to the Emperor Domitian.

 
St. James, also known as James the Less, was one of the twelve apostles and is called "the son of Alpheus" and "the brother of the Lord" in the Gospels. It is assumed, however, that he was most likely a cousin of Jesus. He is believed to be the author of the Epistle of St. James in the New Testament. James was appointed the Bishop of Jerusalem and was present at the Council of Jerusalem. He was also present with the apostles in the upper room awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. James remained in Jerusalem after Pentecost and was stoned to death there in the year 62.

 

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