Catholic Saints

Saint Philip

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Philip
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Philip
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Philip
  • What is Saint Philip the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Philip is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Philip

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Philip
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Cooks and Bakers
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: May 3rd formally May 1st
  • Saint Philip was one of the twelve Apostles
  • Born: Bethsaida, near the Sea of Galilee, Palestine
  • Date of Death: Saint Philip died in A.D. 80
  • Cause of Death: Stoned

Who or what is Saint Philip the patron saint of?
Saint Philip is the patron of Cooks and Bakers. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

Prayer to St. Philip

The Story and History of Saint Philip
The story and history of Saint Philip. Saint Philip was born at Bethsaida, near the Sea of Galilee in Palestine, the same town where Andrew and his brother of Simon Peter came from. Philip was first a follower of John the Baptist and then became an apostle of Jesus. Philip is listed fifth among the apostles. He spread Christianity in Greece, Phrygia, and Syria. Philip was martyred in the city of Hierapolis, an ancient city located in Turkey. Hierapolis was traditionally a sacred site for the magic of its healing waters. The death of Philip occurred in AD80 during the reign of the Roman Emperor Titus (r.79-81 AD). His death occurred due to his preaching and subsequent conversion to Christianity of the wife of the Roman Proconsul. The proconsul sentenced Philip to torture and death and Philip was crucified (the Greeks say head downwards), and then stoned to death.

Death of Saint Philip
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Philip died in A.D. 90. Cause of Death: Stoned. 

Why is Saint Philip the patron of Cooks and Bakers?
Why is Saint Philip is the patron of Cooks and Bakers? Philip was present at the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

How Saint Philip is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Philip in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Philip is represented in Christian Art with a pilgrim's staff with a cross upon it. This is because he carried the Gospel into Scythia, and was eventually crucified (the Greeks say head downwards), and then stoned.

Feast Day of Saint Philip
The Feast Day of Saint Philip is May 3rd. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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