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The Holy Apostle Philip (commemorated June 30, November 14), a native of Bethsaida (Galilee), was a profound scholar of the Holy Scriptures, and, correctly interpreting the meaning of the Old Testament prophecies, awaited the coming of the Messiah. At the call of the Savior (John 1:43), he followed Him. About the Apostle Phillip is mentioned several times in the Holy Gospel: he brought to apostle Nathanael the Apostle (John 1:46); His Lord asked how much money he needed to buy bread for 5,000 people (John 6, 7); He led the Greeks who wanted to see Christ (Jn. 12, 21 - 22); Finally, during the Last Supper he asked Christ about God the Father (John 14: 8).
After the Ascension of the Lord, the Apostle Philip preached the Word of God in Galilee, accompanying the preaching with miracles. So, he resurrected the baby, who died in the arms of his mother. From Galilee, he went to Greece and preached among the Jews who moved there. Some of them reported to Jerusalem about the sermon of the apostle, and then from Jerusalem to Hellad came the scribes, led by the high priest for the accusation of the apostle Philip. The Apostle Philip reproved the lie of the high priest who said that the disciples of Christ had stolen and concealed the body of the Lord, telling how the Pharisees bribed the soldiers of the guards who had spread this rumor. When the Jewish high priest and his companions began to blaspheme the Lord and attacked the apostle Philip, they suddenly became blind. Through the prayer of the apostle, all became clear, and, seeing this miracle, many believed in Christ. The apostle Philip set up a bishop named Narcissus (numbered 70 apostles).
From Hellas, the apostle Philip went to Parth, and then to the city of Azot, where he healed the sick eyes of the daughter of a local resident of Nicolide, who took him to his house and then was baptized with the whole family.
From Ashdod, the Apostle Philip went to Hierapolis of Syria, where, incited by the Pharisees, the Jews set fire to the house of Ira, who received the apostle Philip, and wanted to kill the apostle. But, seeing the miracles performed by the apostle: the healing of the withered hand of the chief of the city of Aristarchus, who wanted to strike the apostle, and also the resurrection of the deceased youth, repented, and many accepted holy baptism. After placing Ira as bishop in Hierapolis, the apostle went through Syria, Asia Minor, Lydia, Mysia, preaching the Gospel everywhere and suffering. He and his sister Mariamna, who was accompanying him, were stoned, imprisoned in custody, expelled from the villages.
Then the apostle came to Phrygia, to the city of Hierapolis of Phrygia, where there were many pagan temples, including a temple dedicated to snakes, where a huge echidna lived. The Apostle Philip, through the power of prayer, killed the snake and healed many bitten by snakes. Among the healed were the wife of the ruler of the city of Anfipat, who accepted Christianity. Learning of this, the ruler of Anphipate ordered to seize Philip, his sister and the apostle Bartholomew who came with them. At the instigation of the priests of the temple of echidna, Aniphyptus ordered the crucifixion of the holy apostles Philip and Bartholomew. At this time, an earthquake began, and all those present at the trial were bombarded with earth. The Apostle Philip, who hung on the cross near the church, was praying for the salvation of those who crucified him from the aftermath of the earthquake. Seeing what was happening, the people believed in Christ and began to demand the removal of the apostles from the cross. The apostle Bartholomew, who was removed from the cross, was still alive and, having received liberation, baptized all believers and appointed them a bishop.
The Apostle Philip, in whose prayers all but Anthipate and the priests remained alive, died on the cross.
His sister Mariamna buried his body and, together with the apostle Bartholomew, went with a sermon to Armenia, where the apostle Bartholomew was crucified (commemorated on June 11), and Miriamna preached until her death in Lycaonia (commemorated on February 17).