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St. Philip


St. Philip (Apostle and Martyr) was one of the first disciples to follow Jesus. During the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, it was he that pointed out that no one could feed five thousand people with so little food. During Jesus' final speech Philip asked to see God the Father himself, but Jesus replied, "He that sees me, sees the Father". The remainder of his life is composed of various legends. Some pagans tried to force him to sacrifice to Mars, but a dragon emerged from beneath the statue's plinth and, with his poisonous breath, killed both the priest offering the sacrifice and two soldiers. Philip exorcised the dragon and raised the dead. Philip preached the Gospel in Phrygia and died at Hierapolis, first stoned, then crucified. Philip is the patron saint of hatters and pastry-cooks.
See: Albrecht Dürer Apostle Philip.
Georges de La Tour. St. Philippe.
Filippino Lippi Life of St. Philip: St. Philip Exorcising in the Temple of Hieropolis.
Jusepe de Ribera. The Martyrdom of St. Philip.

Recommended reading:
The Book of Saints: The Lives of the Saints According to the Liturgical Calendar by George Angelini, Victor Hoagland (Editor). Regina Press, Malhame & Company, 1986.
365 Saints: Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives by Woodeene Koenig-Brick (Author). Harper SanFrancisco, 1995.
Twelve Who Followed Jesus by Landrum P. Leavell. Broadman Press, 1975.
The Galilean Dialogues: On the Road With the Master and the Twelve by Joe F. Tarpley. Vantage Press, 1994.
Prophets & Apostles of the Last Dispensation by Lawrence R. Flake. Deseret Books, 2001.
Voices from Ancient Bethlehem: A Dialogue With Jesus and the Twelve Apostles by Scribe. Jodere Group, 2003.
Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur (Author). W Publishing Group, 2002.
The Twelve: The Lives of the Apostles After Calvary by Bernard Ruffin. Our Sunday Visitor, 1998.

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