Friday, May 03, 2013

Feast of Sts. Philip and James, apostles


(left: St. James and right: St. Philip) 

Today is the feast of two apostles, Philip and James the Less.

Philip was born in Bethsaida in Galilee and was one of the 12 apostles Jesus called. Immediately, Philip began to convert others, finding his friend Nathaniel and telling him that Jesus was the one whom Moses and the other prophets had foretold.

Patron: Hatters; Luxembourg; pastry chefs; Uruguay.

James the Less is called “Less” because he was younger than the other apostle by the same name, who was older than him, James the Great. James the less was a relative of Jesus. After Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, he became the head of the Church in Jerusalem. He was martyred in 62.

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


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