Commemorated on October 11
The Holy Disciple
Philip from amongst the Seventy (not to be confused with Saint Philip the
Apostle from amongst the Twelve, the Commemoration of whom is on
14 November), was born in Palestine. He was married and had children.
After the Descent of
the Holy Spirit, the Twelve Apostles made him a deacon in the Jerusalem Church,
and with the other six deacons they entrusted him to deal with the offerings of
the faithful and attend to the concerns of the widowed, the orphaned and the
needy. The eldest among the Seven First-Deacons was the holy Archdeacon
Stephen. When a persecution began, and the Jews had stoned the First-Martyr
Stephen, the Disciple Philip departed from Jerusalem. He settled in Samaria,
and there he successfully preached Christianity. Among the converts of the
disciple was the noted magician Simon who, "having been baptised, did not
leave from Philip" (Acts 8: 9-13).
At the command of an
Angel of the Lord the disciple set out upon the road connecting Jerusalem with
Gaza, and there he met a dignitary of the empress of Ethiopia, whom also he
converted to Christianity (Acts 8: 26-39). The holy disciple Philip tirelessly
preached the Word of God in many of the lands of the Near East adjoining
Palestine. At Jerusalem the Apostles ordained him to the dignity of bishop and
sent him to Lydia, where he baptised many. Saint Philip died in old age.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.