SS. PHILIP AND JAMES, APOSTLES – FEAST: MAY 3
Philip was born at Bethsaida, and was one of the twelve apostles who were first called by Christ the Lord. It was from Philip that Nathanael learned that the Messia had come who was promised in the law, and by him he was led to the Lord. How familiarly Christ treated Philip is well shown by the fact that certain Gentiles went to Philip, when they wanted to see the Saviour; and when the Lord wished to feed the very great multitude in the desert, he spoke to Philip in this manner: “Where shall we buy bread that these may eat?”
PHILIP, AFTER HE RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT…
Philip, after he received the Holy Spirit, when Scythia fell to him in which to preach the Gospel, converted almost its entire population to the Christian faith. Finally, when he reached Hieropolis in Phrygia, he was crucified for the name of Christ, and stoned to death. The Christians buried his body in that place; it was afterwards taken to Rome, and, together with the body of the Apostle St James, was placed in the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964