Philip was, like Peter and Andrew, a native of Bethsaida, in Galilee. He preached the Gospel to the Scythians, and suffered martyrdom, crucified, in Hierapolis, around the year 80. James the Lesser was the Lord’s first cousin. He was the first Bishop of Jerusalem, and wrote a canonical epistle named after him. He suffered hasty martyrdom from a temple gallery, and his head was crushed with a mace.

V/. St. Phillipe and James
R/. Pray for us.