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Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Sts. Philip and James, apostles

Double of the II Class (1954 Calendar): May 1
1st Class Feast (1962 Calendar): May 11
Feast (1969 Calendar): May 3

St. Philip

St. Philip was one the first disciples that Jesus called. Jesus said, "Follow Me" and Philip didn't ask questions. He knew the Lord and He followed. St. Philip didn't just use nice words, but rather, he acted and followed Jesus. Action is what is important.

"The next day Jesus was about to leave for Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him: 'Follow Me'. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him: 'We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote, Jesus the Son of Joseph of Nazareth'. And Nathanael said to him: 'Can anything good come out of Nazareth?' Philip said to him: 'Come and see'" (John 1:43ff)

St. Philip was martyred in c. 80 AD at Hierapolis, Phrygia.

Patron: Hatters; Luxembourg; pastry chefs; Uruguay.

St. James the Lesser

He is called "the Lesser" simply to distinguish him from the other St. James. The other St. James is called "St. James the Greater" only because he was called by our Lord before this St. James. St. James the Lesser was a brother of the St. Jude the Apostle, and he would later write the Epistles of St. James, part of the New Testament. After the dispersion of the apostles, St. James was made the bishop of Jerusalem. St. James loved Jesus so much that he gave up his life. Because he refused to deny Christ's divinity, the Jews cast him down from a temple and clubbed him to death in c. 62 AD.

In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a Wednesday address on the life of St. James the Lesser:
When he was ninety-six years old and had governed the Church for thirty years in a most holy manner, the Jews sought to stone him, then took him to the pinnacle of the temple and cast him off headlong. As he lay there half dead, with legs broken by the fall, he lifted his hands toward heaven and prayed to God for the salvation of his enemies, saying: "Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do! While the apostle was still praying, a fuller struck his head a mortal blow." ~ The Breviary

Patron: Apothecaries, druggists, dying people, fullers, hatmakers, hatters, milliners, pharmacists, Uruguay.


O God, Who dost gladden us by the yearly festival day of Thine Apostles Philip and James: grant, we beseech Thee, that we who rejoice in their merits, may be taught by their example. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal


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