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St. Philip the Apostle

Philip was born in Bethsaida, Galilee.  He was a disciple of John the Baptist and is mentioned as one of the Apostles in the lists of Matthew, Mark, Luke and in Acts.  Aside from the lists, he is mentioned only in John in the New Testament.  He was called by Jesus Himself.  Philip participated in the miracle of the loaves and fishes, accounting for his symbol of medieval art of loaves.  Just before the Passion, Jesus answered Philip’s query to reveal the Father, receiving the answer, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip?  He who has seen me has seen the Father.” No further mention of Philip is made in the New Testament beyond his listing among the Apostle awaiting the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room.  According to tradition he preached in Greece and was crucified upside down.  His feast day is May 3.