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St. Philip the Evangelist

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Saint Philip the Evangelist

Confessor

Philip was born in Caesarea, most likely a Jew though he had a Greek name. After St. Stephen Protomartyr, Philip was the second of the seven deacons named and ordained in the sixth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. He earned his title Evangelist for his skillful preaching. After the martyrdom of St. Stephen, Philip spread the Gospel throughout Samaria. He converted many, including the magician known as Simon Magus. Following his baptism, Simon attempted to purchase episcopal powers from the Apostles, thus forever giving his name to the sin of simony, the selling of ecclesiastical offices or sacred items. After his work in Samaria, Philip was sent by an angel to preach in the region of Gaza, where he converted the Jewish Ethiopian eunuch who was chief treasurer of the Queen of the Ethiopians. This convert went on to bring the faith to his own country. Philip eventually returned to his home in Caesarea, where he lived with his four saintly daughters, all consecrated virgins who possessed the gift of prophecy. St. Paul stayed with Philip on his way to Jerusalem, probably not long before Philip’s death.

 

Traditional Roman Martyrology for June 6th

ST. NORBERT, bishop of Magdeburg, founder of the Premonstratensian Order.

At Caesarea, in Palestine, the birthday of blessed Philip, one of the first seven deacons. Being renowned for miracles and prodigies, he converted Samaria to the faith of Christ, baptized the eunuch of Candaces, queen of Ethiopia, and finally rested in peace at Caesarea. Near him are buried three of his daughters, virgins and prophetesses. His fourth daughter died at Ephesus, filled with the Holy Ghost.

At Rome, St. Artemius, with his wife Candida and his daughter Paulina. Artemius became a believer through the preaching and miracles of St. Peter the Exorcist, who was baptized with all his house by the priest St. Marcellinus. By order of the judge Serenus, he was scourged with whips strung with leaden balls, and struck with the sword. His wife and daughter were forced into a pit and overwhelmed with stones and earth.

At Tarsus, in Cilicia, in the time of Diocletian and Maximian, and the governor Simplicius, twenty holy martyrs who, by various torments, glorified God in their bodies.

At Noyon, in France, the holy martyrs Amatius, Alexander, and their companions.

At Fiesoli, in Tuscany, St. Alexander, bishop and martyr.

At Milan, the demise of St. Eustorgius II, bishop and confessor.

At Verona, St. John, bishop.

At Besancon, in France, St. Claude, bishop.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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