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St philip the apostle.

According to Jn. (6: 7) at the feeding of the 5,000 he observed that 200 pennyworth of bread would not provide even a scanty meal; when some Greeks wished to see Jesus, they approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee (Jn. 12: 20 f.), and he later asked the Lord, ‘Show us the Father’ (Jn. 14: 8). His subsequent career is obscure. According to some traditions he was crucified. Feast day in the E., 14 Nov.; in the W. (jointly with St James the Less), 1 May, transferred in the RC Church to 11 May and then to 3 May.

st philip the evangelist

was one of the ‘seven men of good report’ whose appointment for the service of the poor and distribution of alms is recorded in Acts 6: 1–6 (later regarded as deacons). He preached in Samaria, baptized an Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8), and later entertained St Paul at Caesarea (Acts 21: 8). One tradition makes him Bp. of Tralles, in Lydia. Feast day in the E., 11 Oct.; in the W., 6 June.

philip the tetrarch.

One of the sons of Herod the Great, he was ruler from 4 bc to ad 33/4 of the ‘region of Ituraea and Trachonitis’ (Lk. 3: 1).

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