Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus’ twelve apostles. Philip the Apostle (Greek: Φίλιππος, Philippos) was one of the first apostles chosen by Our Lord. He was born at Bethsaida, in Galilee. Philip the Apostle is frequently confused with Philip the Deacon, whom we read of in the Book of Acts (v 6:7; 8:5-40; 21:8 ff), and who is commemorated on 6 June.
Philip the Apostle appears in the Synoptic Gospels and in Acts only as a name on the list of the Twelve, but he appears in several incidents in the Gospel according to John. Our Lord found him and said, “Follow me.” Philip was so happy to be with Jesus. He wanted to share his happiness with his friend, Nathaniel. “We have found the one Moses and the prophets wrote about,” Philip explained. “He is Jesus of Nazareth.” When some Greeks (or Greek-speaking Jews) wished to speak with Jesus, they began by approaching Philip (John 12:20).
Before feeding the Five Thousand (John 6:5), Jesus turned to Philip and asked him, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” Philip answered, “It would take more than a year’s wages to buy each of them a mouthful.” Some scholars have thought it significant that Jesus asked Philip rather than one of the others. Luke tells us that the Feeding of the Five Thousand took place near
Later Christian traditions say that
The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of
May 1 [Anglican Communion, Lutheran Church and pre-1955 General Roman Calendar]
May 3 [Roman Catholic Church]
May 11 [General Roman Calendar, 1955–69]
November 14 [Eastern Orthodox Church]
November 27 [Macedonian Orthodox Church]