Saints in the Roman Canon (Part 8)

In the Roman Canon, after James the Less, we find Philip.

St. Philip was the fourth of the fishermen of Bethsaida in Gallilee called by the Savior to the Apostolate.  In the Gospel he is frequently mentioned with distinction. His touching supplication is well known: “Lord, show us the Father and we shall be satisfied” (John 14:8) and the reply of Jesus: “Philip, he that as seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).  He exercised his apostolate in Phrygia, and died in Hierapolis on a cross, stoned to death by the enraged populace. The bodies of the holy Apostles Philip and James repose under the high altar of the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Rome, where quite recently they were exhumed and examined. Pictures of St. James represent him with the instrument of his martyrdom, the cross, formed like a Latin T.

St. Philip, pray for us!

For the Greater Glory of God,

Fr. Matt