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Philip the Apostle

Philip the Apostle
St. Philip, by Peter Paul Rubens, from his Twelve Apostles series (c. 1611), at the Museo del Prado, Madrid
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NameSaint Philip the Apostle
TitlesApostle and Martyr
Birth dateUnknown
Birth placeBethsaida, Galilee
Death datec.80
Death placeHierapolis, by crucifixion
Venerated inChristianity
Islam (named in exegesis)
CanonizedPre-congregation
Feast3 May (Roman Catholic Church), 14 November (Eastern Orthodox Church), 27 November (Macedonian Orthodox Church), 1 May (Anglican Communion, Lutheran Church and pre-1955 General Roman Calendar), 11 May (General Roman Calendar, 1955 69)
AttributesElderly bearded, Saint, and open to God man holding a basket of loaves and a Tau cross
PatronageHatters; Pastry chefs; San Felipe Pueblo; Uruguay.

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Philip the Apostle ( ) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. Later Christian traditions describe Philip as the apostle who preached in Greece, Syria, and Phrygia.

In the Roman Catholic Church, the feast day of Philip, along with that of James the Just, was traditionally observed on 1 May, the anniversary of the dedication of the church dedicated to them in Rome (now called the Church of the Twelve Apostles). The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates Philip's feast day on 14 November. One of the Gnostic texts found in the Nag Hammadi library in 1945 has been given the modern title "Gospel of Philip", though this text makes no claim to have been written by Philip. It gets the name simply because Philip is the only apostle ever mentioned in the text (73:8).


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